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June 3, 2019

Transboundary diseases mini-symposium offered June 13

Submitted by Joe Montgomery

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 13 at Pat Roberts Hall.

Stephen Higgs, BRI research director, and Juergen Richt, CEEZAD director, will serve as co-hosts of "Transboundary Diseases of Importance to U.S. Agriculture and Animal Health." The event is free, but seating is limited, so an RSVP is required by 5 p.m. on June 10.

Please RSVP online.


• Greg Gray, professor, Duke University.

• Cyril Gay, senior national program leader, Animal Production and Protection, USDA-ARS.

• Alfonso Clavijo, laboratory executive director, National Centre for Animal Diseases, Canada. 

• Anton Gerilovych, professor and deputy director for research, Institute for Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Ukraine.

The mini-symposium is offered in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded two-week training program developed by CEEZAD in cooperation with the BRI. Ten students are participating in the two-week 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 at the BRI. During the second week, students hear lectures from invited guest speakers and make field visits to Kansas State University business and industry partners in the Greater Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.