Featured Speakers

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2017 CRWAD Featured Speakers

In addition to the cutting edge research shared during oral and poster presentations, we are excited to announce this years featured speakers!


CRWAD Council Keynote Speaker – Sunday December 3, 5:30 to 6:30 PM

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 – Monday December 4, 9:45 to 10:30 AM 

Christine Szymanski, PhD

“Expect the unexpected with Campylobacter jejuni

AITF iCORE Strategic Chair in Bacterial Glycomics

University of Alberta




Biosafety & Biosecurity – Monday December 4, 4:45 to 5:30 PM

Katie Flynn, BVMS, MRCVS

“Biosecurity at equine events-reality and science”

Equine Staff Veterinarian, Animal Health Branch

California Department of Food and Agriculture





Epidemiology and Animal Health Economics; Companion Animal Epidemiology; Ecology and Management of Foodborne Agents – Monday December 4, 4:00 to 4:45 PM

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD

“Veterinary Epidemiology: Expanding solutions for global health problems”

Professor, Medicine & Epidemiology

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine, University of California





Pathobiology of Enteric and Foodborne Diseases – Monday December 4, 2:00 to 2:45 PM

Linda Saif, MS, PhD, Honorary Dipl. ACVM

“Enteropathogenic human and animal caliciviruses: Pathogenesis and host co-factor interactions”

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

The Ohio State University




Respiratory Diseases – Monday December 4, 9:00 to 9:45 AM

Edouard Timsit, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECBHM

“Upper and lower respiratory tract microbiotas in feedlot cattle: their structures, relationship and potential role in respiratory health”

Assistant Professor, Department of Production Animal Health

University of Calgary




Vector-borne and Parasitic Diseases – Tuesday December 5, 9:45 to 10:30 AM

Kevin R Macaluso, PhD

“Changing paradigms of Rickettsial Diseases”

Professor, Pathobiological Sciences

Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine





Viral Pathogenesis – Monday December 4, 10:45 to 11:30 AM

N. James MacLachlan, BVSc, MS, PhD

“Bluetongue pathogenesis: an evolving story from Theiler to climate change”

Professor, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine, University of California





2017 AAVI Immunologist of the Year – Monday December 4, 2:15 to 3:00 PM

Ray Waters, DVM, PhD

Immunology of Bovine Tuberculosis: Perspectives on one health approaches and defining correlates of protection versus infection”

Veterinary Medical Officer, National Animal Disease Center, Tuberculosis Research Project, Ames Iowa





2017 ACVM Distinguished Microbiologist Award – Tuesday December 5, 9:00 to 9:45 AM

Michael W. Dryden, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVM

“Theory and application of modern flea control”

University Distinguisher Professor, Veterinary Parasitology

Kansas State University





2017 AVEPM Schwabe Symposium Honored Speaker – Sunday December 3, 1;00 pm

Calvn Schwabe Award for Lifetime Achievement in Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

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