iCOMOS 2018 - Dean Schwartz keynote speaker



"Science and Policy at the Interface of Environment, Agriculture, and Medicine"

Seating capacity for iCOMOS 2018 is limited (we were sold out last time), so please register early.

iCOMOS 2018, hosted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, April 29-May 2, 2018, is a global forum to communicate the importance of science and policy at the interface of agriculture, environment, and medicine.

iCOMOS 2018 will feature state-of-the-art and keynote presentations by Nobel Laureates and distinguished speakers representing many countries in the following scientific sessions:
  • Social and Economic Impacts on Health
  • Infectious Disease and Environmental Disturbance
  • Agriculture Advancing Health
  • New Paradigms at the Environment-Health Interface

In addition, iCOMOS 2018 will features interactive concurrent sessions on:
  • One Medicine One Science Approaches to Health at Two NIH Institutes
  • Effective Policy when Consumer Preferences Do Not Match Actions
  • Breaking Silos and Building Bridges Across Geographies
  • Precision Medicine and Genome Editing: Science and Ethics
  • Science Communication and Strategic Engagement of Policy Makers

Submit abstracts* in following thematic areas:
  • Environmental health and sustainability
  • Precision and comparative medicine
  • Social, economic, and cultural impacts on health
  • Infectious disease outbreaks and biosecurity
  • Agriculture and health
  • One Health policy and science
  • Global health diplomacy
  • Science communication
  • Animal health and disease

*A limited number of international and national travel grants are available for selected abstracts and poster presentations on a first come, first served basis.

iCOMOS is organized by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicineand other partners. Conference information and updates are available at icomos.umn.edu.

Featured Plenary Speakers:

Peter Doherty, DVM, PhD
Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine and veterinary surgeon.


Linda Brinbaum, PhD
Director of the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.


Peter Agre, MD
Nobel Laureate and Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.


Robert Mwanga, PhD
World Food Prize Laureate. International Potato Center, CGIAR.


Pamela Melroy, MS
NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander.

UNESCO Women-In-Science Laureate Hualan Chen from China and many other high profile speakers. 

Do not miss the iCOMOS conference with its focus on Science and Policy at the Interface of Environment, Agriculture, and Medicine.

Scientific Session #1 highlights: Social and Economic Impacts on Health.
  • Eric Schwartz, Refugees International, will discuss human migration impacts on health.
  • Francisco Javier Lopera Restrepo, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, will discuss familial early-onset Alzheimer’s: an opportunity for prevention.
  • Ramanan Laxminarayan, the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, discusses social and behavioral drivers of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Lynn Gaffikin, Stanford University, will address societal norms that affect well-being through transectoral collaboration using examples from the field.

Check out our website for details on three other Scientific Sessions on: "Infectious Disease and Environmental Disturbance," "Agriculture Advancing Health," and "New Paradigms at the Environment-Health Interface" as well as additional activities and events.
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