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October 25, 2017

ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series presents Jerrold Ward

Submitted by Tawny Ochs

The ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series and A. Sally Davis, assistant professor of experimental pathology in the diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department, will host Jerrold M. Ward, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and veterinary pathology consultant, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in 235 Coles Hall for this week's Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology seminar.

Ward will present "Are Laboratory Animals Relevant for Studying Human Disease: Experiences from a Career in Veterinary Pathology." 

After an early career in domestic animal infectious disease research, Ward entered the world of medical research, mostly at the National Institutes of Health. The NIH experiences included all aspects of medical research including the fields of cancer research, toxicology, infectious disease, aging and genetically engineered mice. Mice, rats, nonhuman primates, ferrets, rabbits, pigs, chickens and other species were used to study the causes, pathogenesis and prevention of disease in animals and humans. The relevance of using animals, especially mice, for basic research and applications to human disease has been questioned during the past few years. Although major discoveries have been made in medical research with the use of animals, other aspects of research are shown to have limited uses for humans. Examples of benefits and deficiencies of animal research will be discussed.

Ward has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University and a Doctor of Philosophy in comparative pathology from the University of California, Davis.

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