Aaron Katcher, M.D., a psychiatrist and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, will serve as the 2008 lecturer for the Lilly Lectureship series, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis.
Dr. Katcher will address the importance and health implications of the human-animal bond at the North American Veterinary Conference in January in Orlando, Fla., and at the Purdue University Fall Conference for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians in September.
“Dr. Katcher recognizes the emotional and physical benefits of owning a pet, having researched the complex relationship between people and pets from a human-health perspective,” said Alan Beck, professor and director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue.
“The [center] and Lilly are proud to be able to bring his expertise to veterinarians, providing them with further support and insights into the physiological, psychological and sociological importance of the human-pet bond.”