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June 29, 2021

BRI-CEEZAD mini-symposium offered July 1

Submitted by Audrey Hambright

The Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, and the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD, are offering a virtual mini-symposium from 8:45 a.m. to noon July 1. 

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Meeting ID: 941 3952 1366

Juergen Richt, CEEZAD director, will serve as host of the event.

Speakers and schedule:

8:45-9 a.m.  Welcome
Steve Higgs, director, BRI, Kansas State University
Juergen Richt, director, CEEZAD, Kansas State University

9-9:40 a.m. National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Update
Alfonso Clavijo, director of USDA National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

9:40-10:20 a.m. Expanding the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory’s mission: From Plum Island to NBAF
Kimberly Dodd, director, Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, USDA-APHIS

10:20-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30-11:10 a.m. Animal models to study zoonotic coronavirus infections
Joaquim Segalés, professor, Veterinary School/Department of Animal Health and Anatomy, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

11:10-11:50 a.m. Research Response to Emerging Viruses in High Biocontainment
Heinz Feldmann, Chief, NIH/NIAID Laboratory of Virology and Disease Modeling and Transmission

11:50 a.m. to noon Questions/Comments

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 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 from academia, industry and government.