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Improving public health through early warning systems and marine drug discovery

NOAA briefings on Capitol Hill

NOAA Headquarters

On Monday, March 22, NOAA's Oceans and Human Health Initiative will host two briefings to key House and Senate staffers on NOAA's efforts to improve understanding and management of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes to enhance benefits to human health and reduce public health risks. Panelists from NOAA and academia will highlight partnerships and success stories from across the U.S. on beach, seafood, and drinking water safety; sentinel species and habitats health and insights for human health; and drug discoveries from the sea.

WHAT: Improving Public Health through Early Warning Systems and Marine Drug Discovery

WHEN: Monday, March 22, 11:00 a.m. - Noon ET, 402 Cannon House Office Building
Monday, March 22, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET, 253 Russell Senate Office Building


  • Paul Sandifer, Ph.D., senior science advisor to the NOAA administrator
    [NOAA's Oceans & Human Health Initiative History & New NOAA Science Advisory Board on Ocean Health Recommendations]
  • Lori Schwacke, Ph.D., NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
    [Guarding our Coast: Using Sentinel Species and Habitats to Provide Early Warning for Health Threats]
  • Sandra McLellan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin's Great Lakes Water Institute
    [Reconciling Human Impacts on Urban Coasts: Reducing Beach Closures and Protecting Drinking Water]
  • David Rowley, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
    [Searching a Sea of Microbes: A New Frontier for Drug Discovery]
  • James Grimes, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
    [Seafood Safety, Public Health Forecasting, Partnerships and Outside Advice]


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