Upcoming Reef Lecture: Reef Lecture: Contributions of thermoregulation to immune protection in fish

April 30, 2022

CCMI announces the next Reef Lecture event for the 2022 Healthy Reefs for the Future campaign. This Reef Lecture will take place Tuesday, 24th May 2022, with a presentation from visiting scientist, Dr. Daniel Barreda from the University of Alberta. This free event, which is titled ‘Contributions of thermoregulation to immune protection in fish’, will be held at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (Dart Auditorium) from 5:45pm – 7pm (space is limited; advanced registration is required).

About the topic:

The interactions between host and microbes over millions of years of evolution have shaped how animals respond to infection. Despite continued updates to these defense strategies there are remarkable similarities across animal species. This talk will focus on recent developments in fish research, which give us additional insights into the importance of the aquatic environment and how we manage our own health.


About the speaker: Daniel R. Barreda, Ph.D.

Professor – Immunology and Animal Health, Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Barreda earned a B.Sc. in Microbiology/Biochemistry from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Cell Biology from the University of Alberta, Canada. It is here where he became interested in comparative model systems and fish health. He went on to a PDF in Medical Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2003 and was recruited back to the University of Alberta in 2006 as the first cross-appointment between the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Agricultural,

Life and Environmental Sciences. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2016. Dr. Barreda is well recognized for his contributions to the development of high-resolution quantitative tools for evaluation of cell function, animal immunity and health. Projects are often cross-disciplinary and take advantage of academic-industry-government linkages to address relevant issues at the interface of animal performance and health; fish and aquaculture health remain a core interest of the Barreda lab. Since 2006 Dr. Barreda has secured over $10M in research grants (21 grants as a principal investigator), published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, and mentored 67 trainees in fundamental and applied projects. In addition to research and innovation awards, Dr. Barreda has received a number of teaching awards including an Inspirational Instructor Award and the University of Alberta Provost Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.