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2017 Symposium Speakers

Keynote Speaker: 

pratherDr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.  She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genomic approaches to select for cattle that are less susceptible to disease, the development of genome editing approaches for livestock, and applied uses of DNA-based information on commercial beef cattle operations.  She has given over 450 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She frequently provides a credentialed voice on controversial topics including cloning and genetically engineered plants and animals. Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2014 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Borlaug Communication Award, and the 2016 Beef Improvement Association (BIF) Continuing Service Award.

Speakers: 

hardingDr. Perle Boyer is an Assistant Professor in Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM) department at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. Dr. Boyer received her DVM degree from the National Veterinary School of Toulouse, France and her Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. Dr. Boyer is coordinating the education efforts of the swine group at the College level, including DVM student lectures, continuing education and online learning. Her research efforts are divided between farm-applied projects in adequation with the needs of pork producers and developing new educational techniques in veterinary instruction. Member of the planning committee of the Allen D. Leman swine conference, Dr. Boyer is in charge of the DVM student session and in the faculty committee in charge of the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize
Daniel LindharesJay Calvert:  After completing his Ph.D. in Genetics at Purdue University in 1988, Dr. Jay Calvert did post-doctoral research on fish viruses at the University of Guelph and on poultry viruses and vectors with the USDA-ARS in East Lansing Michigan.  Since 1994 he has been employed by Zoetis and legacy companies (Pfizer Animal Health, SmithKline Beecham Animal Health), and stationed at Lincoln Nebraska, Groton Connecticut, and Kalamazoo Michigan.  Dr. Calvert has contributed to a number of vaccine projects for livestock and companion animals, but since 1994 his emphasis has been primarily on swine viruses and especially the PRRS virus.  He led the team of scientists that constructed the first infectious cDNA clone of a Type-2 PRRS virus in 1998, and a similar team in 2004 that identified the cellular protein CD163 as a primary receptor for PRRS viruses, being necessary and sufficient to convert common cell lines from PRRSV non-permissive to PRRSV permissive.  Dr. Calvert oversaw the generation of novel CD163-expressing cell lines as well as the attenuation of the Fostera® PRRS vaccine (launched in 2012) and the Suvaxyn® PRRS MLV vaccine for Europe (2018).  Dr. Calvert is currently exploring alternative vaccine technologies for PRRSV and other pathogens as a Research Director at Zoetis.  In his free time he likes to wade rivers in search of trout and salmon, foster homeless dogs, and design/build/fly hobby rockets.
loweScott Dee earned his DVM, MS and PhD from the University of Minnesota.  He is a board certified veterinary microbiologist and a past President of the AASV. After working in swine practice for 12 years, Scott was a Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where he focused his research on the transmission and biosecurity of PRRSV for a 12-year period.  This effort culminated in the development and validation of a nationally-applied air filtration system for reducing the introduction of airborne diseases to swine facilities. In 2011, Scott joined Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone, MN where he currently serves as Director of Pipestone Applied Research (PAR), a business unit which conducts collaborative research efforts with production companies across North America comprising approximately 1.5 million sows. Scott has been awarded 8.8M in research funds, has published 148 papers in peer reviewed journals (including the initial publication providing proof of concept of PEDV transmission in feed) and is currently studying the transboundary risk of pathogen spread through feed ingredients. He has received the AASV Practitioner of the Year award, the Leman Science in Practice award and the AASV Howard Dunne Memorial award.  Scott and his wife Lisa have 2 children (Nicholas and Ellen) and live in Alexandria, MN along with their Scottish Terrier, Abigail.
LunneyDr. Jack Dekkers grew up in the Netherlands and received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Wageningen Agricultural University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Animal Breeding. From 1989 to 1997 he was on faculty at the University of Guelph, working closely with the Canadian industry on genetic improvement of dairy cattle. He moved to Iowa State University in 1997, where he currently is a C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor and Leader of the Animal Breeding and Genetics group. Current research focuses on the genetic basis of feed efficiency and health in pigs and on the integration of quantitative and molecular genetics, with applications to swine and poultry
Rodger MainDr. Diego Diel received his DVM degree from Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil in 2004. He conducted a MS in Virology at the same institution and then came to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to conduct the research of his PhD degree, which was completed in 2010. Dr. Diel joint the USDA Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in 2011 for post-doctoral training and then returned to the University of Illinois in 2013 for a second post-doc. In August, 2014 Dr. Diel joined the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the South Dakota State University as an Assistant professor, in 2016 he became the section leader of the Virology section in the Animal Disease and Research Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL)
Bob MorrisonDr. Ying Fang is a professor at Kansas State University. During the past 18 years, Dr. Fang has been deeply involved in the study of molecular pathogenesis of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Current research program is expending to other emerging/foreign viral pathogens. Her research interests have been focused on understanding the basic molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis, and applying this knowledge to develop strategies for the diagnoses, prevention and treatment of viral disease. The laboratory has well-established technologies and pig model system for vaccine and diagnostic assay development. Fang’s research has been supported by research grants from the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Health, National Pork Board and industry partners. In collaboration with other researchers, she published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed prestigious journals, and has been invited to give presentations by various universities and professional conferences. Dr. Fang has received various research awards, including Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence in 2017, Distinguish Researcher Award in 2013, Intellectual Property Commercialization Award in 2010, Dean’s Research Award in 2006, SIGMA XI Research Paper Award in 2004, and SIGMA XI Research Proposal Award in 1999.
zimmermanDr. Huang received his B.S. degree in Biology from Nanjing University in China and his Ph.D. degree from Department of Biomedical Engineering of Zhejiang University in China. He then joined College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, as a Postdoctoral Associate and later as a Research Assistant Professor, focusing on molecular mechanism of replication and pathogenesis of hepatitis E virus (HEV), PRRSV and Torque teno sus virus (TTSuV). Dr. Huang accepted a professor position in Department of Veterinary Medicine, College of Animal Sciences of Zhejiang University, China, in 2013. He was the recipient of“The Thousand Young Talents Plan” of China in 2014. Dr. Huang has authored or co-authored 56 publications in peer review journals such as mBio, Journal of Virology and Emerging Infectious Diseases. His current research is mainly focused on epidemiology, biology and vaccine development of swine enteric coronaviruses.
zimmermanDr. Joan Lunney is a Supervisory Research Scientist and an internationally recognized authority on pig immunology and genomics. Her lab is located at the USDA Agricultural Research Center (ARS), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, MD USA. Dr. Lunney obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Her current research focuses on swine immunology, genomics, and resistance to diseases, particularly to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). She coleads the US PRRS Host Genomics Consortium (PHGC) which assesses the role of genetics in determining pig resistance and susceptibility to PRRS virus infection, pathology and associated growth effects. The PHGC effort has been expanded to functional genomics and proteomics as well as to a pregnant gilt model of PRRS virus infection in collaboration with Canadian scientists. She works with industry, particularly through the National Pork Board and PigGen Canada, Inc., and animal health and breeding companies, to expand her research efforts. She is a member of the Science and Industry Advisory Committee (SIAC) of Genome Canada.  Dr. Lunney has led international workshops characterizing monoclonal antibodies (mAb) reactive against swine cell subset, or CD, antigens and immune proteins, the cytokines and chemokines. She coleads the US-UK Collaborative Swine Immune Toolkit effort aimed at developing new mAb, immune reagents and quantitative assays for assessment of pig health and vaccine responses and for use in biomedical models of human health and disease.  Dr. Lunney is very actively involved in mentoring younger scientists, particularly women scientists. She was selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998) and of the International Society for Animal Genetics (2017) and received the ARS Beltsville Area Scientist of the Year Award (2010). She has served on numerous grant panels, journal editorial boards and in leadership positions for animal genetic and veterinary immunology societies.
zimmermanDr. Alex Morrow, BA, MVB, PhD, MRCVS is veterinary surgeon with seventeen years’ experience in research working on the pathogenesis and control of Amblyomma variegatum-associated dermatophilosis, followed by four years in a research support capacity at Edinburgh University and fourteen years in his current position in research programme management with Defra where he is International Evidence Lead Animal Health and Welfare.  He established and coordinated for 10 years the European Collaborative Working Group (CWG) on Animal Health and Welfare research, under the EU Standing Committee on Agriculture Research, and led the associated EU-funded EMIDA ERA-NET on Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Animals.  He currently leads the STAR-IDAZ global network, “Global Strategic Alliances for the Coordination of Research on the Major Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonoses”, and the associated International Research Consortium (IRC), with a higher level of commitment to collaboration, which was launched by the European Commission in January 2016.  He now also heads the EU-funded IRC secretariat.
zimmermanDr. Megan Niederwerder is an Assistant Professor at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology and the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.  She received her DVM from Kansas State University in 2009 and after 3 years as a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Niederwerder returned to Kansas State to complete a PhD in swine viral diseases.  Dr. Niederwerder’s research has been focused on understanding how the microbiome plays a role in outcome following viral infection and how feed plays a role in the introduction and transmission of viral diseases.  She was selected as a finalist for the 2016 AVMA Young Investigator Award for her research.  Dr. Niederwerder serves as the course coordinator and teaches veterinary virology to second year veterinary students as well as provides outreach service for the veterinary diagnostic laboratory
zimmermanDr. Graham Plastow is a Professor of Livestock Genomics at the University of Alberta and CEO of Livestock Gentec. A pioneer of the application of genomics in animal breeding, he spent more than 20 years in the agri-food industry before returning to academia in 2007.  He is interested in the application of genomics to increase value for all of the links within protein value chains (from the animal breeder to the consumer) with a focus on improving animal health.
zimmermanRaymond R. R. “Bob” Rowland is a Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology of Kansas State University’s College of Veteinary Medicine. Rowland’s current research interests center on addressing fundamental problems in the detection and control of infectious diseases caused by emerging and foreign pig viruses. A historical focus has been on the molecular mechanisms of diseases caused by porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2). Since 2008, the Rowland lab has been actively involved in understanding the role of host genetics in the response of pigs to viral infection, including the first characterization of a line of pigs that are SCID; i.e. lack an immune system. The extension of the genetics approach is the use of genetic modification of PRRSV receptors to make pigs resistant to disease. Related research includes the control of viruses in the field and the development of novel detection methods for domestic and foreign animal diseases, such as classical swine fever virus (CSFV) and African swine fever virus (ASFV).  Rowland is actively involved in the research training of graduate, undergraduate and DVM students. Rowland is co-director of the PRRS Host Genetics Consortium (PHGC) and the Executive Director of the North American PRRS Symposium, an annual meeting held in Chicago.  Rowland serves on advisory boards related to PRRS and other infectious diseases.
zimmermanDr. Andrea Wilson:  The Doeschl-Wilson group investigates how the genetics of individuals affects the spread of infectious disease, both within an animal and between animals. We are an interdisciplinary group of scientists aiming to effectively combine field and laboratory experiments with mathematical modelling and quantitative genetics theory, with the ultimate aim to improve livestock health and resilience.
zimmermanDr. Jeff Zimmerman has had a research/teaching appointment in the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory since 1990.  His research focus is on epidemiology, disease ecology, and the development of cost-effective methods to monitor, quantify, and ameliorate the effect of pathogens on livestock health and productivity.  He is the co-editor of Diseases of Swine (9th, 10th, 11th editions) and co-author of 120 refereed publications.

 

 

2016 Symposium Speakers

Keynote Speaker: 

pratherSince 1982, Dr. Randall Prather’s research has focused on the early mammalian embryo. He earned his BS and MS from Kansas State University, and PhD and Postdoc from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at Wisconsin, he cloned the first pigs, and some of the first cattle, by nuclear transfer. His group at the University of Missouri created miniature pigs that have the alpha 1,3 galactosyltransferase gene knocked out, thus paving the way for xenotransplantation; and have developed pigs that have cystic fibrosis, thus providing the first whole animal model that can be used to study the disease. More recently, they have knocked out CD163 and created pigs that are not susceptible to PRRSV. His lab has made over 1,070 cloned pigs at MU, representing over 45 different genetic modifications for agriculture and medicine. He is the Director of the NIH-funded National Swine Resource and Research Center. In addition to his transgenic pig research, he and his collaborators have identified genes in the reproductive tissues of pigs and cattle that will help develop an understanding of the pattern of gene expression to reduce the 30% loss of pregnancies that occurs in mammals. He is currently a Curators’ Distinguished Professor with the title Distinguished Professor of Reproductive Biotechnology in the Division of Animal Science at the University of Missouri.

Speakers: 

Dekkers

Dr. Jack Dekkers grew up in the Netherlands and received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Wageningen Agricultural University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Animal Breeding. From 1989 to 1997 he was on faculty at the University of Guelph, working closely with the Canadian industry on genetic improvement of dairy cattle. He moved to Iowa State University in 1997, where he currently is a C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor and Leader of the Animal Breeding and Genetics group. Current research focuses on the genetic basis of feed efficiency and health in pigs and on the integration of quantitative and molecular genetics, with applications to swine and poultry.

hardingAfter graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1988, Dr. John Harding worked in a mixed animal practice in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.  Since 1991 he has specialized in pork production, and in 1997 established a swine consultancy practice, Harding Swine Veterinary Service.  In 1997, he also completed a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Harding has consulted for both small family and large corporate operations in Western Canada. Now a full professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, his research interests include emerging and re-emerging diseases, including Brachyspira colitis, reproductive effects of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), periweaning failure-to-thrive syndrome (PFTS), and porcine epidemic diarrhea. In addition, he is involved in several inter-disciplinary groups investigating host genomic resilience to major swine diseases. Dr. Harding is a frequent speaker at both domestic and international swine meetings, was the recipient of the A.D. Leman Science in Practice Award in 1999, the Pfizer Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009, and the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence in 2010.  He was the founding President of the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians from 2004-2005, Vice-President of the IPVS 2010 Congress in Vancouver, and is the Scientific Program Chair of the Western Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians (WCASV).  He has reviewed submissions for numerous peer-reviewed veterinary journals and granting agencies. In 2008, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners’ in the Swine Health Management specialty.  In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities including skiing, sailing, canoeing, hiking and woodworking. 
Daniel LindharesDr. Daniel Linhares is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) at Iowa State University. Dr. Linhares prepares graduate students to understand the big picture of production animal industry challenges and opportunities. He encourages graduate students to develop independent, critical thinking skills, guiding them to focus on the solution and to think of possible ways to positively impact the industry using applied science. Courses/lectures include: Livestock Disease Prevention, Field Epidemiology, Veterinary Practice Entrepreneurship and Swine Medicine Rotation.  His field-applicable research initiatives include aiming to evaluate strategies to prevent, significantly control and/or eliminate swine infectious diseases. Studies have been focused on PRRSv, but have also included Senecavirus A and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae.
loweA 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. James Lowe is an educator, advisor, researcher, and farmer based in Illinois. Dr. Lowe is a life-long learner completing the Executive Veterinary Program at the University of Illinois in 2000 and a Master of Science degree in infectious disease management in 2004. In 2012, he became board certified in Food Animal Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Lowe is currently an Associate Professor in the Food Animal Management Systems Group, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois and has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. He also is a partner in a consulting practice that has advisory relationships with 15% of the beef cattle marketed in the US, 8 of the top 30 swine producers in the North America, pork and beef producers in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia, packer-processors, food retailers, restaurant chains and all of the major multi-national animal health suppliers. His scholarly efforts focus on developing system based approaches to problems effecting animal and human health.
LunneyDr. Joan Lunney is a Supervisory Research Scientist and an internationally recognized authority on pig immunology and genomics. Her lab is located at the USDA Agricultural Research Center (ARS), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, MD USA. Dr. Lunney obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and her Ph. D. in Biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Her current research focuses on swine immunology, genomics, and resistance to diseases, particularly to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) . She coleads the US PRRS Host Genomics Consortium (PHGC) which assesses the role of genetics in determining pig resistance and susceptibility to PRRS virus infection, pathology and associated growth effects. The PHGC effort has been expanded to functional genomics and proteomics as well as to a pregnant gilt model of PRRS virus infection in collaboration with Canadian scientists. She works with industry, particularly through the National Pork Board and PigGen Canada, Inc., and animal health and breeding companies, to expand her research efforts. She is a member of the Science and Industry Advisory Committee (SIAC) of Genome Canada. Dr. Lunney has led international workshops characterizing monoclonal antibodies (mAb) reactive against swine cell subset, or CD, antigens and immune proteins, the cytokines and chemokines. She coleads the US-UK Collaborative Swine Immune Toolkit effort aimed at developing new mAb, immune reagents and quantitative assays for assessment of pig health and vaccine responses and for use in biomedical models of human health and disease. Dr. Lunney is very actively involved in mentoring younger scientists, particularly women scientists. In 1998 she was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2010 received the ARS Beltsville Area Scientist of the Year Award. She has served on the numerous grant panels, journal editorial boards and in leadership positions for animal genetic and veterinary immunology societies.
Rodger MainDr. Rodger Main is Professor and Director of the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU VDL). ISU VDL’s team of 145 faculty and staff play an active role on the front-lines of animal agriculture processing approximately 80,000 diagnostic case submissions and conducting more than 1,200,000 diagnostic assays each year for livestock producers. Prior to coming to the ISU VDL in 2009, Dr. Main served as the Director of Production Systems for Murphy-Brown’s Western Operations (a division of Smithfield Foods) where he had worked since graduating veterinary school in 1996.
Bob MorrisonDr. Bob Morrison is a professor in the University of Minnesota Swine Group.  He leads the Swine Health Monitoring Project (SHMP), which is a voluntary program involving 30 production systems and approximately 1,000 sow herds.  The SHMP team collects, analyzes and reports trends in swine health data, with the long term goal of giving the industry the capacity to voluntarily respond to an emerging pathogen.  In his presentation, Dr Morrison will provide an update on the program.
NiederDr. Megan Niederwerder received her D.V.M. from Kansas State University in 2009.  After 3 years in clinical practice, Dr. Niederwerder returned to Kansas State University to pursue advanced research training in swine virology. She completed her Ph.D. and joined the faculty in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology and Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in 2015. A primary goal of her current research is to understand how the microbiome influences outcome after virus infection in nursery pigs. She also serves as the course coordinator for veterinary virology and provides outreach support for the diagnostic laboratory.
Nieder

Dr. Tanja Opriessnig completed her veterinary degree at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria in 2000. In 2002, she received her advanced degree in Veterinary Science from the same University. From 2002 to 2006, Dr Opriessnig worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Iowa State University and she completed a Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology. From 2006 to 2013, she worked as Veterinary Diagnostic Pathologist at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University. Since 2013, Dr. Opriessnig has a joint appointment with the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh and the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University. Her current research focus is on pathogenesis, control, and diagnosis of infectious pathogens in pigs with emphasis on porcine circovirus type 2, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, porcine parvovirus, porcine astrovirus, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, and swine hepatitis E virus. Since 2002, Dr Opriessnig has published > 190 peer-reviewed manuscripts in various journals of virology, microbiology and veterinary relevance. 

yangDr. Hanchun Yang is a professor working at the College of Veterinary Medicine, China Agricultural University. He is currently a Board Member of IPVS, and the General Secretary of Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAAV), and the Director of Key Laboratory of Animal Epidemiology and Zoonosis of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. His research focuses on molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis, and farm control of porcine reproductive andrespiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and other swine viruses.
zimmermanDr. Jeff Zimmerman has had a research/teaching appointment in the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory since 1990.  His research focus is on epidemiology, disease ecology, and the development of cost-effective methods to monitor, quantify, and ameliorate the effect of pathogens on livestock health and productivity.  He is the co-editor of Diseases of Swine (9th, 10th, 11th editions) and co-author of 120 refereed publications.

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