5th Annual Conference on Mycobacterial Diseases in Animals

In Conjunction with the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases

Sheffield Room, Chicago Marriott, Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois

Saturday December 02, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast


8:00 – 8:30 AM

Opening Remarks and Introduction by Vivek Kapur, Penn State University; Paul Coussens, Michigan State University; Gary Thompson, Penn State University; Peter Johnson, USDA-NIFA

8:30 – 8:55 AM

Plenary Session 1: An overview of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis. John Bannantine (USDA)

8:55 – 9:20 AM

Plenary Session 2: An overview of Bovine TB and zoonotic TB. Fred Quinn (Univ. of Georgia)

9:20 – 9:45 AM

Plenary Session 3:  Accelerating control of bTB in developing countries. Vivek Kapur (Penn State University)

9:45 – 10:05 AM


10:05 – 10:40 AM

Plenary Session 4: Develop and implement new generations of diagnostic tests for JD Bettina Wagner (Cornell University) and TB, Srinand Sreevatsan (Michigan State University)

10:40 – 11:15 AM

Plenary Session 5: Increase understanding of the epidemiology and transmission of Mycobacterial diseases in animals, including predictive modeling.

Yrjo Grohn (Cornell), Becky Smith (Univ. of Illinois)

11:15 – 11:50 AM

Plenary Session 6: Pathogenesis of bTB and Johne’s.

Raul Barletta (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), Luiz Bermudez (Oregon State University)

11:50 – 12:15

Morning Session Wrap-up and Discussion. Rapporteur – John Bannantine  (USDA)

12:15 – 1:15 PM


1:15 – 1:40 PM

Plenary Session 7:  Zoonotic risks associated with of Mycobacterial diseases in animals.

Francisco Olea-Popelka (Colorado State University)

1:40  – 2:05 PM

Plenary Session 8:  Public health risks associated with M. bovis in Mexico (foodborne and occupational health risks).

SueLee Robbe-Austerman (USDA)

2:05 – 2:30 PM

Plenary Session 9:  Develop programs to evaluate and develop new generations of vaccines for JD and TBc.

Volker Gerdts (VIDO-InterVac)

2:30 – 3:00 PM

Plenary Session 10:  An introduction to the Global Research Alliance for Bovine Tuberculosis (GRAbTB) network.

Alex Morrow (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International, UK)

3:00 – 3:15 PM


3:15- 3:50 pm

Plenary Session 11:  Extension/Outreach/Human Disease:

TB outreach public health, Elizabeth Patton (Wisconsin Dept. Ag. Trade and Consumer Protection); Develop and deliver education and outreach material related to JD and TBc in electronic and print form for use by various stakeholders. Ken Olson (KEO Consulting)

3:50 – 4:15 PM

Needs and opportunities to address mycobacterial diseases in the Americas; Rapporteur – Elizabeth Patton

4:15 – 5:00 PM

Planning our next steps and wrap up – Paul Coussens / Ken Olson (Margo Holland / Marcus Kerhli)