Zoobiquity Research Symposium 2014
Fostering Innovation in Comparative Medicine Research
April 5, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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)

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


Jose Montoya MD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Melissa Miller DVM, MS, PhD
California Fish and Game

John Boothroyd PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Helicobacter pylori and "like-organisms"

James Fox, DVM, DACLAM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Karen Terio, DVM, PhD, DACVP
University of Illinois, Chicago

Manuel Amieva, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine


Cancer and Imaging

Robert Cardiff MD, PhD
University of California, Davis

Amy LeBlanc DVM, PhD, DACVIM
University of Tennessee UTCVM, Knoxville, TN

Chris Contag PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Novel Animal Models in Comparative Medicine

Paul Buckmaster DVM, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine
"Sea Lions as a Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy"

Megan Albertelli, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Stanford University School of Medicine
"The Mouse Lemur as a New Animal Model"

Joseph Garner, DPhil
Stanford University School of Medicine


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