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Zoobiquity Research Symposium 2014

Fostering Innovation in Comparative Medicine Research

April 5, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration is free, pre-registration required
Doors open at 7:30 to check in
Stanford Li Ka Shing, Berg Hall

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The goal of the Zoobiquity Research Symposium is to educate medical and veterinary professionals on cutting edge cross-species basic and clinical research that benefits both humans and animals.  Additionally, the conference seeks to expose participants to translational programs which take advantage of unique animal anatomy and physiology, providing unique and more faithful models of disease.  As a part of its educational mission, this conference will involve students at a number of levels, including undergraduate, medical, veterinary and graduate students to allow these individuals to incorporate the benefits of comparative medicine and research into their careers at an early stage.   Our mission is to encourage the speakers and attendees to meet and discuss their research with scientists from other disciplines in order to foster innovative research collaborations and novel research directions. 

Program Description:

The one-day conference will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the Li Ka Shing Center, Berg Hall (2nd floor). Veterinarian and MD basic science and clinical researchers will present overviews of their research, which will address a wide range of subjects including medical imaging for cancer diagnosis and treatment, infectious diseases, and other comparative medicine topics.   Session speakers will then sit on a panel to address questions and continue to discuss their research and further engage in cross-species dialogues amongst themselves and conference attendees. In this manner, we aim to promote conversations between the experts presenting their research and conference participants.  A reception and poster session will conclude the conference to allow for additional networking opportunities as well as provide information on human and animal disease correlations

We expect that the development of these relationships around shared research interests will lead to:

  • New collaborations and novel hypotheses for investigation

  • Broader consideration of the epidemiology of disease (with implications for shared environmental triggers/exposures)

  • Potential for new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of disease in both animals and humans

  • Greater appreciation for the shared or unique biology and pathophysiology of humans and animals, particularly important for MD and DVM students. One Medicine, One Health approaches

Symposium organizers include the following faculty and staff from UCLA and Stanford:


Stanford School of Medicine

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz MD Donna Bouley DVM, PhD, DACVP
Kathryn Bowers (author)  Manuel Amieva, MD
Susan Kwan  (Zoobiquity Executive Director)
   Ashley Zehnder DVM, ABVP (Avian)

Topics and Speakers for 2014 Zoobiquity Research Symposium

View the Symposium Program here

View Speaker Talk Summaries here

View Speaker Biographies here

View Posters here

View Speaker's Presentations here

Key Note Speaker  
Michael Lairmore DVM PhD DACVP/DACVM  
University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
Dean and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
Toxoplasmosis Cancer and Imaging
Jose Montoya MD Robert Cardiff MD, PhD
Stanford University Medical Center University of California, Davis
Melissa Miller DVM, MS, PhD Amy LeBlanc DVM, PhD, DACVIM
California Fish and Game University of Tennessee UTCVM, Knoxville TN
John Boothroyd PhD Chris Contag PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine Stanford University School of Medicine
Helicobacter pylori and "like-organisms": Novel Animal Models in Comparative Medicine
James Fox DVM, DACLAM Paul Buckmaster DVM PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stanford University School of Medicine
  “Sea Lions as a Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy”
Karen Terio DVM, PhD, DACVP  
University of Illinois, Chicago Megan Albertelli DVM, PhD, DACLAM
  Stanford University School of Medicine
Manuel Amieva MD “The Mouse Lemur as a New Animal Model”
Stanford University School of Medicine  
  Joseph Garner D Phil
  Stanford University School of Medicine

This program is RACE approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Contact Stephen Felt at 650-723-5305 / felt@ [felt] for further information.

Frequently asked questions link is here

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