Western Fish Disease Workshop


Meeting Program



Welcome to the 61st Western Fish Disease Workshop information page. We are excited to be hosting this year’s workshop in Oregon’s famous Columbia River Gorge in Hood River from May 16-19th, 2022.

The two-day Western Fish Disease Workshop will cover all aspects of the health of wild and cultured fish and shellfish. Following the conclusion of the Western Fish Disease Workshop a continuing education session will occur on May 19th, with the theme Applied Nutrition for Disease Management.



(See Meeting Program for detailed schedule)

Monday, May 16th Reception and Clinical Conundrums
5:00pm – 9:00pm Shoreline Room: Registration and Happy Hour and heavy hors d’oeuvres
6:00pm – 9:00pm Shoreline Room: Welcome and “Clinical Conundrums”

Tuesday, May 17th WFDW General Sessions
7:00am – 9:00am Columbia Room: Registration
7:00am – 9:00am Columbia Room: Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am Columbia Room: Welcome!
9:15am – 10:30am Columbia Room: Session 1: Systematics & Genomics
10:30am – 11:00am Columbia Room: Snack Break
11:00am – 12:15pm Columbia Room: Session 2: Therapies, Treatments & Vaccines
12:15pm – 1:45pm Shoreline Room: Lunch
1:45pm – 2:45pm Columbia Room: Session 3: Pathogenesis
2:45pm – 3:15pm Snack Break
3:15pm – 4:00pm Columbia Room: Session 4: Pathogenesis continued
5:00pm – 6:00pm Columbia Room: Poster Session and Hosted bar
6:00pm – 8:30pm Columbia Room: Banquet

Wednesday, May 18th WFDW General Sessions
7:00am – 9:00am Columbia Room: Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am Columbia Room: Session 5: Methodology & Diagnostics
10:00am – 10:30am Columbia Room: Snack Break
10:30am – 11:30pm Columbia Room: Session 6: Methodology & Diagnostics continued
12:00pm – 1:30pm Shoreline Room: Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Columbia Room: Session 7 Epidemiology
2:45pm – 3:00pm Columbia Room: Awards and Farewell
3:00pm – 3:30pm Columbia Snack Break
3:30pm Meet parking lot: Optional self-guided tour of Bonneville Dam and Hatchery

Thursday, May 19th CE: Applied Nutrition for Disease Management
7:00am – 8:00am Columbia Room: Breakfast (CE participants)
8:00am – 9:30am Columbia Room: Continuing Education
9:30am – 9:50am Columbia Room: Snack Break (CE participants)
9:50am –11:50 am Columbia Room: Continuing Education
12:00pm – 1:00pm Shoreline Room: Lunch (CE participants)
1:00pm – 2:50pm Shoreline Room: Continuing Education, depart.



Registration and abstract submission are through the OSU Conference Services Portal. If you have not registered for an OSU conference in the past, you will be prompted to create a free registration account.

Register Online

Early Bird Registration: March 15th until April 30th: $285
General Registration: May 1st and later: $335
Student Registration: $185
Continuing Education Session: Not included General Registration, 5.5 hours of RACE approved CE: $70

Additional Banquet Ticket (Tuesday evening): $40

Call for Papers:
Individuals interested in presenting an oral presentation or poster can submit a complete abstract using the guidelines and submission form provided below.

Submit Abstracts Online Abstract Deadline April 30th

Guidelines for Abstract Preparation (oral presentation and poster)

  1. Prepare in Microsoft Word format and upload on OSU Abstract Submission Portal as a .doc.
  2. Abstract must fit on single side of a page with margins set at 1.5” on all sides.
  3. Use Times New Roman 12 pitch font.
  4. Center the title. Genus and species names should be in italics.
  5. Provide a double space between the title and authors.
  6. For each author provide first name, middle initial and last name.
  7. Use bold script for author presenting the paper.
  8. Follow each name with a numeric superscript to denote affiliations.
  9. Provide a single space between authors and affiliations.
  10. Affiliations should include mailing address plus zip code.
  11. Provide double space between affiliations and body of the abstract.

Guidelines for Oral Presentations

  1. PowerPoint format.
  2. General session talks will be in 15 minute allotted slots. Recommend 12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions.
  3. PowerPoint presentations must be loaded on to the presentation laptop no later than the morning of your scheduled talk. Please bring your flash drive to breakfast to load your presentation.

Guidelines for Clinical Conundrums (May 16th with Welcome and Happy Hour)

  1. Clinical conundrums: A forum to present a troubling case or a novel therapeutic approach with the primary goal of sparking a discussion with colleagues. Bring your issues!!
  2. This is not formal, and formal powerpoint presentations will not be accepted! (Full case studies will be accepted in the General Session Clinical Cases).
  3. We will have an AV hookup to show images of clinical signs or pathology if pertinent to discussion, please limit to 1 or 2 slides.
  4. If you are interested in sharing a Clinical Conundrum, please email Aimee Reed at n.reed@odfw.oregon.gov with the subject “WFDW: Clinical Conundrum”.

Guidelines for Posters

  1. Please set up posters near the meeting room lobby after you have registered.
  2. Posters will be displayed for the entire conference but a poster session will be scheduled Tuesday evening before the Banquet.



Held at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Conference Center
1108 East Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031

To make a room reservation with the room block for special pricing, do not register online. Instead, please call or email the Registration Desk and let them know you are here for Western Fish Disease Workshop. Room blocks will be held until April 15th.  Reservations made after April 15th may not be eligible for the conference rate.

Reservations: 800-828-7873 or 541-386-2200




Flights into PDX Portland International Airport. Hood River is 1 hour East of PDX Airport and there are a variety of transportation options available.

Public Transportation: Portland Max Rail to Columbia Gorge Express

More transportation options detailed here. Includes bicycling info.



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Event Coordinators: Aimee Reed, Sascha Hallett. and Jerri Bartholomew
Website Editor: Ben Americus