CRWAD 2017

2017 Featured Speakers

CRWAD Council Keynote Speaker

Jack A. Gilbert, PhD

“Invisible influence: the Microbiome in precision medicine”

Faculty Director, The Microbiome Center; Professor, Department of Surgery University of Chicago

Bacterial Pathogenesis

Christine Szymanski, PhD

“Expect the unexpected with Campylobacter jejuni

AITF iCORE Strategic Chair in Bacterial Glycomics University of Alberta

Biosafety & Biosecurity

Katie Flynn, BVMS, MRCVS

“Biosecurity at equine events-reality and science”

Equine Staff Veterinarian, Animal Health Branch

California Department of Food and Agriculture

Companion Animal Epidemiology;

Ecology and Management of Foodborne Agents;

Epidemiology and Animal Health Economics

Jonna Mazet, BS, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Professor, Medicine & Epidemiology

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine, University of California


Ray Waters, DVM, PhD

Affiliate Assistant Professor, VMPM; NADC, ARS

Iowa State University; USDA

Pathobiology of Enteric and Foodborne Diseases

Linda Saif, MS, PhD, Honorary Dipl ACVM

Distinguished Professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine; Food Animal Health Research Program

The Ohio State University

Respiratory Diseases

Edouard Timsit, DVM, PhD, Dipl ECBHM

Assistant Professor, Department of Production Animal Health

University of Calgary

Vector-borne and Parasitic Diseases

Kevin R Macaluso, PhD

Professor, Pathobiological Sciences

Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine

2017 ACVM Distinguished Microbiologist Award

Michael W. Dryden, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVM

“Theory and application of modern flea control”

University Distinguished Professor, Veterinary Parasitology

Kansas State University

2017 AVEPM Schwabe Symposium honored speaker

Ian Gardner, BVSC, MPVM, PhD

“Design, analysis and reporting of test accuracy studies in animals: progress, challenges and opportunities”

Epidemiology and Canada Excellence Research Chair

Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island

2017 Word Cloud

If you have never attended CRWAD, you may be wondering what this conference is about, or even what to call it (how many of you have asked, “Is it pronounced Crrr-Wod, or Crrr-Aaaad, or Craw-Dad, or what?”).  For 98 years, this wonderful meeting has provided scientific experts and scientists-in-training a venue to present their work and learn about cutting edge research affecting the health of animals and the human-animal interface.  Anyone that has attended can tell you that it is definitely a place where the scientific “cool kids” come to hear the latest in animal-related research!  CRWAD 2017 will not be an exception; this year’s meeting will include over 400 presentations in a brief 3-day window. To capture the breadth and depth of this meeting in a word or phrase seems impossible!  However, thanks to the creativity of folks at, we are letting a picture do the talking for us.

2017 Satellite Meetings


The following organizations are satellite organizations of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. These organizations schedule their meetings to coincide with the CRWAD Annual Meeting. This year we will meet at the Chicago Marriott, Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, December 3–5, 2017.

The Following Organizations Are Listed Alphabetically.

American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM) 

Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award

Michael W. Dryden DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVM

“Theory and Application of Modern Flea Control”

University Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University

International Brucellosis Society Meeting

Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 AM – 5 PM.

Sunday, Dec. 3,  8 AM – 12 PM.

For more information contact Sue D. Hagius at [email protected]

NC–1202 Enteric Diseases of Food Animals: Enhanced Prevention, Control and Food Safety

Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 AM to 5 PM, Lincoleshire Room, 6th Floor

Sunday, Dec. 3, 8 AM to 12 PM, Lincoleshire Room, 6th Floor

Attendance is by invitation only.

For more information contact Jun Lin at [email protected]

NC229: Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus Meeting

Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 PM – 4:30 PM.

USDA-NIFA Project Directors Meeting

Friday, Dec. 1, 8 AM – 8 PM, lunch provided

Oral and poster presentations by project directors with USDA-NIFA funding.

Meeting attendees by invitation only.

Contact: Dr. Peter Johnson or Dr. Margo Holland

CRWAD Organization Meetings

CRWAD Council Meeting: Saturday, Dec. 2, 5:30 PM to 9 PM, Great America Room, 6th Floor

CRWAD Opening Reception: Sunday, December 3, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor.

Our 2017 Dedicatee will be introduced during the reception.

All attendees are welcome. Please join us. Casual wear recommended. The first poster session will coincide with the Researchers Reception.

CRWAD Students and Postdocs Reception: Sunday, December 3, 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM, Avenue Ballroom on the 4th Floor.

CRWAD Keynote Speakers, CRWAD Council Members, CRWAD Dedicatee, students and postdoc attendees are invited. Student and postdoc attendees should plan to attend both receptions. Contact Dr. David Benfield with questions.

CRWAD Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, December 5, 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM, Chicago Ballroom A/B/C/D, 5th Floor

Dedication of the Meeting, and Graduate Student Awards Presentations. Students are encouraged to attend.

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