15th Annual Merial-NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium




                       "One Health"  
              July 31 - August 3, 2014                               

The Merial-NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium brings together outstanding scientists and veterinary scholars who have been engaged in mentored research experiences over the course of the summer in colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada. Veterinary scholars share their research findings in poster sessions and have the chance to hear and interact with scientists from diverse fields. Major funding for the symposium is provided by Merial, a Sanofi company; and NIH.


NattersonThe theme of this year's meeting is “One Health” The conference is proud to host key-note speaker, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., a faculty cardiologist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She holds professorships in UCLA's Department of Medicine and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is the Co- Director of UCLA's Evolutionary Medicine Program and is a member of the NSF-funded working group on evolution and medicine. Her recently published book, "Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health" is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and international bestseller and a Finalist in the AAAS Award for Excellence in Science Books. She is also the founder and chair of the Zoobiquity Conference. Dr. Natterson-Horowitz earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University and received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco.


The "One Health" theme is composed in the perspective of 4 plenary sessions:
Sustainability, Genetics, Cancer, and Infectious Disease.

The Sustainability session will be delivered by Dr. Alexander Travis, DVM, PhD from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his V.M.D. in Veterinary Medicine and Ph.D. in Cell/Molecular Biology from University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Travis’s laboratory investigates the biology of male germ cells, specifically the organization of membrane sub-domains known as “lipid rafts”. Dr. Travis is currently the director of Cornell Center for Wildlife Conservation. He studies methods to preserve spermatogonial stem cells in preservation of genetic diversity.



ElaineThe Genetics session will be held by Dr. Elaine Ostrander, PhD and Chief & NIH Distinguished Investigator. She received her Ph.D. at Oregon Health Sciences University in 1987. Her laboratory aims to find genes that control the morphologic body plan of the domestic dog, which shows an extraordinary level of variation between breeds, and to identify disease susceptibility genes in dogs. Her group's work also focuses on the identification of genes that relate to susceptibility to, progression of, and specific outcomes in individuals with breast and prostate cancer.




CantleyThe Cancer session will be delivered by Dr. Lewis Cantley, a cell biologist and biochemist and leading cancer researcher.  Among his research contributions are the discovery and study of the enzyme PI-3-kinase, now known to be important to understanding cancer and diabetes mellitus. Dr. Cantley graduated summa cum laude in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from West Virginia Wesleyan College and obtained a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Cornell University in 1975. He conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University from 1975 until 1978, when he was appointed assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He currently leads the new Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York city.



JorgeThe Infectious Disease session will be held by Dr. Jorge Galán. Dr. Galán received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is Lucille P. Markey Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Professor of Cell Biology; Chair, Section of Microbial Pathogenesis. His research focuses on microbial pathogenesis, and host/pathogen interaction to define the molecular details of the host pathogen interactions and atomic interphase between the pathogens and the host. Dr. Galán is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and on the Scientific Advisory Board of University of Basel, Switzerland.





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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 9 R13RR012091 from ORIP/OD. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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