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Special Lecture: “Why Study Animal Diseases?”
Join us for a special lecture by Dr. Marcus Kehrli and Dr. Kelly Lager from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Disease Center. They will speak about the importance of studying animal diseases and how they affect food safety.
Through applied research and developing technology, the National Animal Disease Center helps to reduce economic losses of the livestock and poultry industries and the associated rural agricultural community from infectious, genetic, and metabolic diseases. USDA conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; assess the nutritional needs of Americans; sustain a competitive agricultural economy; enhance the natural resource base and the environment; and provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.
Dr. Marcus Kehrli is the Director of the USDA-ARS National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA. Dr. Kehrli is a 1982 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Ph.D in Immunobiology in 1989. He also received the prestigious Honoris Causa Doctor insignia from the University of Liège given in recognition of over 30 years of research contributions to veterinary medicine. Dr. Kehrli is internationally recognized for his research in immunology, infectious diseases and genetics, especially in cattle and swine.
Dr. Kelly Lager is a Research Veterinary Medical Officer working at the National Animal Disease Center, USDA-ARS, Ames, IA. He has worked in the swine virology project since he began his USDA career in 1989. His scientific interests are the pathogenesis of virus-induced reproductive failure and respiratory diseases of swine, vaccine development, and virus discovery. He is an author or coauthor on over 135 journal papers.