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MEDIA ADVISORY: 2016 Interdisciplinary Zoonoses Research Symposium to be held at MU

May 25th, 2016

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

WHAT: The MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Mizzou Advantage, in collaboration with the MU African Interdisciplinary Studies Hub, will host the 2016 Interdisciplinary Zoonoses Research Symposium at MU. The symposium aims to raise awareness about zoonotic diseases, or diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. The theme will address “Infectious Disease Emergence & One Health.”

Speakers will include noted epidemiologists, global health scholars, veterinarians, pathobiologists and wildlife health experts who will speak about their studies and research in African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Keynote speakers for the symposium are:

  • Tony L. Goldberg, professor of epidemiology and associate director for research at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms and Nostril Ticks: Discovering Novel Pathways of Disease Emergence” – 9 a.m., Monday, May 23
  • John A. Crump, professor of global health and co-director of the Centre for International Health at the University of Otago, Dunedin, will present “Developing a Program of Zoonoses Research in Northern Tanzania” – 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 24
  • Kariuki Njenga, head of the One Health Research Program at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, will present “One Health: From Vision to Fashion” – 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 24

For a full list of speakers, please see the symposium schedule:

WHERE: Bond Life Sciences Center, MU campus

WHEN: Monday, May 23 – Tuesday, May 24

NOTE: Registration is free, but required. To register, please visit:

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