Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (AVEPM)

AVEPM and Colorado State University Microbial Ecology Group: Bioinformatics Short Course

“Workshop and Short Course on Bioinformatics and Statistics for Shotgun Metagenomic Research”

Sat-Sun, Dec 2-3, 8:30am – 5:00pm.   Registration required.

Calvin W. Schwabe Symposium

Title: “Novel methods and practical application of diagnostic tests.”   Sunday, Dec. 3, 1pm – 5pm.

The Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (AVEPM) is pleased to announce the program for the 2017 Schwabe Symposium honoring the lifetime professional achievements of Dr. Ian Gardner. All attendees of CRWAD are welcome and encouraged to attend this session.

Dr. Ian Gardner will be honored at The Schwabe Symposium hosted by AVEPM on Sunday the 3rd  of December, 2017 at the Chicago Marriott Hotel, Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois.

The theme for the program is: “Novel methods and practical application of diagnostic tests”

The program will provide a unique opportunity for current and future researchers to hear the insights of leading experts in novel methods and practical application of diagnostic tests.

The Calvin W. Schwabe Award recognizes lifetime achievement in veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine. The Calvin W. Schwabe Award is presented annually by the AVEPM. Previous recipients include Drs. Calvin Schwabe, Robert Anderson, James Steele, S. Wayne Martin, Clive Gay, David W. Hird, Hollis Erb, Preben Willeberg, Dale Hancock, Ian Dohoo, Yrjo Grohn, Roger Morris, and Will Hueston.

Ian Gardner, BVSc, MPVM, PhD is a Professor of Epidemiology and Canada Excellence Research Chair at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island.  Dr. Gardner has held faculty positions at the University of California, Davis and prior to arriving to the U.S. he was a Veterinary Officer with the Department of Agriculture in New South Wales, Australia.  Dr. Gardner served as the president of both the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (AVEPM) and the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD).  He also served as an associate editor of Preventive Veterinary Medicine and on the editorial board of 6 other journals.    Dr. Gardner and his collaborators are world leaders in diagnostic test evaluation/validation in the veterinary sciences.  An important focus of Dr. Gardner’s work has been the fields of evaluation of diagnostic test in the absence of a perfect reference test, developing quality standards for diagnostic tests, and pooled testing for detection of diseases in animals.  His work with collaborators has led to a widespread acceptance of the legitimacy of the approach for test evaluation for chronic infectious diseases of animals.  Additionally, his work has influenced policies of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and methods he developed with collaborators are now incorporated in the 2016 OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals.  Dr. Gardner played a leading role adapting the Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy (STARD) statement, which was published in 2003 to increase relevance to terrestrial and aquatic animals.  Finally, Dr. Gardner has made major contributions to the use of pooled diagnostic testing as a cost-effective approach to the detection of diseases of low prevalence, to the classification of populations as infected or not, and to the estimation of within-population prevalence.


  • 1:00  Introductory Remarks

  • 1:10 – 2:00  Ian Gardner –  Design, analysis and reporting of test accuracy studies in animals: progress, challenges and opportunities

  • 2:00 – 2:35  Wes Johnson –  Gold standards are out and Bayes is in:  implementing the cure for imperfect reference tests in diagnostic accuracy studies

  • 2:35 –  3:05  Break

  • 3:05 – 3:40   N. James MacLachlan –  Use of validated tests for diagnosis and control of Bluetongue, African Horse Sickness and other important orbiviral diseases of animals

  • 3:40 –  4:15  Matthias Greiner  – Zoonoses and Public Health: how advances in diagnostic testing science have improved disease control.

  • 4:15 –  4:50   Roundtable discussion (Speakers)

  • 4:50 – 5:00   Closing comments