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K-State Today

June 15, 2015



Mini-symposium on transboundary diseases of importance to U.S. agriculture offered June 25

By Sarah Hancock

The Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, and the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD, are offering a mini-symposium from 1:30-5 p.m. June 25 in Pat Roberts Hall.

Stephen Higgs, BRI research director, will co-host the event with Juergen Richt, CEEZAD director, who also will serve as moderator of "Transboundary Diseases of Importance to U.S. Agriculture and One Health." The event is free, but seating is limited, so an RSVP is required by 5 p.m. June 23. Call Bethany Lamer at 785-532-1333 or email blamer@bri.ksu.edu.

Speakers and topics for the mini-symposium:

  • Jim MacLachlan, University of California, Davis: Orbiviral diseases of ruminants.
  • Alan Guthrie, Equine Research Centre, University of Pretoria, South Africa: African horse sickness.
  • Darryl Falzarano, International Vaccine Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Canada: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – One Health can solve this crisis.
  • Young Lyoo, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea: Foreign animal diseases in South Korea.
  • Luis Rodriguez, Plum Island Animal Disease Center: Intervention strategies to support the global control of foot-and-mouth disease.
  • James Stack, Kansas State University: A more inclusive One Health strategy: Finding balance at the interface of animal, plant and human health.

The mini-symposium is offered in conjunction with a Department of Homeland Security-funded two-week training program developed by CEEZAD in cooperation with the BRI. Ten students are participating in the program. Selected students include graduate students and doctor of veterinary medicine students from around the nation who have demonstrated career interest in transboundary and zoonotic diseases of animals. The first week consists of hands-on containment research education. During the second week, students participate in seminars, hear lectures, and make field visits to Kansas State University business and industry partners in the Greater Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.