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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Burruss Hall Auditorium
6:30-7:30 pm Keynote Address - "One Health"
Lonnie J. King, DVM, Director, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Please note: Dr. King's presentation is available in audio slideshow, powerpoint and mp3 formats to Virginia Tech community members using a pid and password.

Dr. Lonnie J. King Lonnie J. King, DVM, is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s senior veterinarian and the director of the newly formed National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (ZVED).

Before the establishment of NCZVED, Dr. King served as CDC’s first director of the Office of Strategy and Innovation. Before coming to CDC, he was dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University for 10 years. His training and background is in veterinary medicine, but he also has experience in food safety and security, emerging diseases, new zoonoses, and bioterrorism, and is trained in epidemiology with expertise in disease transmission and ecosystems. King has worked on national animal disease eradication campaigns as well as national and global emergencies. He dedicated 19 years of his career to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which culminated in his serving as the agency’s administrator for 4 years. During that period, he also served as the country’s chief veterinary officer for 5 years and worked extensively in global trade agreements and protecting the nation’s plant and animal resources.

Monday, September 29, 2008
The Inn at Virginia Tech
7:00-8:00 am Registration and Coffee
8:00-8:30 am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Dean Lay Nam Chang, College of Science
Dean Gerhardt Schurig, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
8:30-9:30 am Session 1: Molecular Pathogenesis
(moderated by Dr. S. Melville)

E. coli Biofilms, Bottlenecks and Host Responses in Urinary Tract Infections
Scott Hultgren, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
9:30-9:50 am Bacterial Spores and Disease: The Goal of Blocking Anthrax Infection
David Popham, PhD, College of Science, Virginia Tech
9:50-10:10 am Audacity to Dream of the Eradication of Chronic Infectious Diseases: Nanomedicine
Nammalwar Sriranganathan, DVM, PhD, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech
10:10-10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 am Session 2: Host Pathogen Interaction
(moderated by Dr. C. Roberts)

Pathogenicity of Pandemic Influenza Viruses
Peter Palese, PhD, Department of Microbiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
11:30-11:50 am Inferring Genetic Regulatory Networks in Host-Pathogen Interactions
Brett Tyler, PhD, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech
11:50-12:10 pm The Omnipresence and Ever-expanding Host Range of Hepatitis E Virus: Implications for Zoonosis and Food Safety?
X. J. Meng, MD, PhD, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech
12:10-1:30 pm Lunch / Poster Sessions
1:30-2:30 pm Session 3: Infectious Disease Ecology and Epidemiology
(moderated by Dr. B. Mukhopadhyay)

Ecologic Change and Disease Emergence: Humans as a Reservoir of Disease for Free Ranging Wildlife
Kathleen Alexander, DVM, PhD, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech
2:30-2:50 pm Ecology and Evolution of an Emerging Disease, Mycoplasmal Conjunctivitis, in a Songbird Host
Dana Hawley, PhD, College of Science, Virginia Tech
2:50-3:10 pm Infectious Diseases and Environmental Epidemiology in Virginia
Michele M. Monti, MS, MPH, Director, Division of Environmental Epidemiology, Virginia Department of Health
3:10-3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 pm Session 4: Prevention/ Control
(moderated by Dr. J. Bloomquist)

Engineering Pathogen Resistance in Vector Mosquitoes
Anthony James, PhD, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of California Irvine, CA
4:30-4:50 pm Development of Anopheles gambiae-selective Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors for Deployment on Insecticide Treated Nets
Paul Carlier, PhD, College of Science, Virginia Tech
4:50-5:10 pm Alphavirus Derived Small RNAs Modulate Pathogenesis in Disease Vector Mosquitoes
Kevin Myles, PhD, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech
5:10-5:30 pm Closing Remarks
Dr. Dennis Dean, Director of the Fralin Life Science Institute, Associate Director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Medical Research Institute, and Stroobants Professor of Biotechnology
5:30-7:30 pm Poster Session and Mixer


Plenary Speakers


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