From Out of the Blue
Panelists discuss the next wave in health care @ GBF
January 20, 2011
MIAMI — As the Gulf Coast struggles with the consequences of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, the significant role that coastal zones and oceans play in the overall health of our planet and society has taken center stage. Not only are our oceans a resource for fuel, food and jobs, but there is increasing evidence that they may play a significant role in medicine. The Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science hosted a panel discussion on January 13 about the growing role of the marine environment in well-being, disease prevention and the acceleration of healing. The session, which was part of the University of Miami’s Global Business Forum was moderated by Dr. Sharon Smith, Co-Director, NSF-NIEHS Oceans and Human Health Center and Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science at UM.
Panelists for this session were: Dr. Lora Fleming - Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health and Marine Biology & Fisheries, Miller School of Medicine and Co-Director, NSF-NIEHS Oceans and Human Health Center, UM Rosenstiel School; Dr. Michael Depledge — Chair of Environmental & Human Health, Peninsula Medical School, Devon, UK; Richard Fain — Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; and Nicolas Ibarguen — Publisher, PODER Magazine. The Global Business Forum is a multidisciplinary event bringing together some of the world’s most influential corporate and policy leaders, as well as hundreds of other experts and professionals, for three days of forward-thinking discussion on the business and delivery of health care. Topics include enhancing wellness, healthful aging, and creating health care facilities that promote vibrant communities while nurturing patients and families.