State of the Science
Learn about SCCAHS's Heat-Related Illness State of the Science Meeting hosted in St. Pete Beach, Florida on October 24-26.

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) Heat Related Illness State of the Science Meeting was held on October 25-26 in St. Petersburg, Florida at The Don CeSar Hotel

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) put together a slate of esteemed speakers on the topic of heat related illness, showcasing research at the intersections of heat related illness and climate change as it relates to the health and safety of outdoor workers and farmworkers, as well as athletes and military personnel. This crosscutting meeting brought together researchers from various fields to present current findings and pave the way for developing future research collaborations on these topics.

The SCCAHS Heat Related Illness State of the Science Meeting took place October 25-26 at the Don CeSar hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a Heat Related Illness poster session occurring on October 25.

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Some photography found in the SOS white paper can be credited to the Girasole documentary, which can be viewed here.

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SCCAHS is a research and education center based at the University of Florida, whose mission is to explore and address the occupational safety and health needs of people working in agriculture, fishing, and forestry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This event was made possible through partnership with Sunshine Education and Research Center. Learn more about this NIOSH Education and Research Center at the University of South Florida.

State of the Science Meeting

Here are the details about the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety’s State of the Science meeting including confirmed speakers, the agenda, and presentations:

Confirmed Speakers

Thomas Bernard: Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Sunshine Education and Research Center (ERC) , University of South Florida

Candi Ashley: Professor, Exercise Science, University of South Florida

Rebecca Lopez: Program Director, Athletic Training Professional Program, University of South Florida

Joe Grzywacz: Chair, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University

Linda McCauley: Dean, School of Nursing, Emory University

Eric Coris: Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine, University of South Florida

Vasubandhu Misra: Professor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Florida State University

Mike Sawka: Professor, Biological Sciences, Georgia Tech University


Thursday Oct 25- Poster Session: Arcade outside conference room; Open to presenters, attendees, their students and postdocs; Cocktails and heavy appetizers served

Friday, October 26

8:00-8:30 – Light breakfast

8:30-9:00 – Introductions

9:00 – 10:00– 2 Speakers

10:00 – 10:15 – Break

10:15 – 11:45 – 3 Speakers

11:45 – 12:15 – Lunch

12:15 – 1:45 – 3 Speakers

1:45 – 2:00 – Break

2:00 – 3:00 – Moderated panel discussion

3:00 – 3:15 – Science communication input session

3:15-3:30 – Conclusions and next steps

4:00 – Conclude


Candi Ashley Acclimatization, Decay, and Re-Acclimatization Download presentation

Thomas Bernard Occupational Heat Stress Exposure, Assessment: Limits on Sustainable Exposures Download presentation

Michael Sawka Exertional Heat Illness: Physiology, Pathology, and Modifying Factors Download presentation

Joseph Grzywacz Attending to Heat Illness & Pesticide Exposure among Farmworkers: Results from an Attention Placebo-Controlled Design Download presentation

Vasu Misra Heat related illness in a changing climate and demography of Florida Download presentation

Rebecca Lopez Management & Return to Work/Activity Following Exertional Heat Illness Download presentation

Linda McCauley The Girasoles (Sunflower) Study: Exploring the Physiologic Heat Stress Response Download presentation

Eric Coris Heat Illness Prevention in Athletes Download presentation