Missouri Vet College to Host Symposium on Zoonotic Disease Research

The symposium, “Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Emergence: Recognizing Challenges and Identifying Opportunities for Impactful One Health Research,” will take place in May.

(Left to right) Drs. Tony Goldberg, John Crump and M. Kariuki Njenga have been selected to be the keynote speakers for an upcoming symposium on zoonotic disease research, hosted by the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and Mizzou Advantage.

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and Mizzou Advantage will host the symposium, “Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Emergence: Recognizing Challenges and Identifying Opportunities for Impactful One Health Research,” May 23 to 24, 2016, at the Bond Life Sciences Center in Columbia, Mo.

The symposium aims to raise awareness about zoonoses through the exchange of scientific information about these diseases, and provide an opportunity for scientists to work with policymakers and stakeholders to identify priority areas for research, according to the college. The event is open to veterinarians, students, clinicians, scientists, among others.

Featured speakers will talk about zoonotic disease emergence and opportunities to integrate human and animal health, particularly in settings where resources are limited, the college noted.

The keynote speakers are:

  • Tony L. Goldberg, DVM, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, associate director for research at the university’s Global Health Institute and the John D. MacArthur research chair;
  • John A. Crump, MD, the McKinlay professor of global health and co-director of the Center for International Health, at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He also serves as an adjunct professor of medicine, pathology and global health at Duke University, and a guest researcher with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • M. Kariuki Njenga, DVM, Ph.D., a virologist and head of the One Health Program at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and is a professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University.

For details and registration, visit the website here.

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