By, Carol Borchert
Front Range Mycobacteria Conference, June 19-21
The Mycobacteria Research Laboratories will host the first Front Range Mycobacteria Conference, June 19-21, at the Colorado State University Center for the Arts in Fort Collins, Colo. The conference will highlight current mycobacteria research and feature keynote speaker Dr. Douglas Young, a leading Mycobacterium tuberculosis investigator with the National Institute for Medical Research.
Tuberculosis is one of the world’s deadliest diseases, with one-third of the entire global population being infected. In 2010, about 1.4 million people died of tuberculosis or illnesses related to the disease, and 9 million people became ill with tuberculosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. While tuberculosis is more common in other countries, the CDC says more than 11,000 new cases were reported in the United States in 2010.
Colorado State University is an internationally recognized leader in tuberculosis research, with particular emphasis placed on work to develop and test vaccines and treatments for the disease.
Colorado State's Mycobacteria Research Laboratories also is at the global forefront in developing rapid diagnostic tests and skin tests for leprosy that can be used to diagnose the disease before individuals show symptoms. Globally, leprosy remains a significant public health problem. The latest information from the World Health Organization shows that 228,474 new cases were detected in 2010.
The cost of the conference is $200 for regular registration and $150 for student and postdoc registration. Visit Front Range Mycobacteria Conference for additional information, conference abstract submission guidelines, and registration links.
Shelter Medicine Mini-Conference, March 30
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals presents the Fourth Annual ASPCA/CSU Shelter Medicine Mini-Conference on Saturday, March 30.
The mini-conference will be a day of shelter medicine-related topics that provide ideal continuing education (seven hours) for shelter veterinarians, staff, and students. This year’s topics include: humane guidelines for behavioral, mental, and emotional well-being of shelter dogs; heartworm disease and shelters; and how veterinarians and shelters/rescues can work together to advance animal outcomes.
The conference begins at 8 a.m., finishing at 5 p.m., and will be at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Flint Animal Cancer Center, Room 118/120, 300 West Drake Road. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For additional information, or to reserve a spot, contact Dr. Miranda Spindel. Please RSVP by March 1.
APHI Biostatistician, Dr. Sangeeta Rao, Provides Training for Field Veterinarians in South Asia
Dr. Sangeeta Rao, a biostatistician and epidemiologist from the Animal Population Health Institute at Colorado State University, recently served as an external subject expert in a three-week training program in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Rao provided epidemiology and biostatistics expertise at the regional Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians for member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
The primary objective of the training course was to build capacity of field veterinarians from SAARC countries in the concepts and application of epidemiology, particularly with respect to disease surveillance and outbreak investigation.
“Such training is a preliminary step towards building an evidence-based approach for policy and decision making at local, national and regional levels with regards to disease surveillance,” said Dr. Rao.
Most South Asian countries have meager or no baseline data available on livestock diseases including the ones of zoonotic importance. An important outcome for the trainees was to develop disease survey plans for their respective countries. The training also focused on collecting appropriate data and synthesizing meaningful information through formal data analysis and report writing.
Save the Date: Cardiovascular Disease Colloquium April 4-5
Save the date for the 2013 Colorado State University Research Colloquium – Cardiovascular Research at CSU: Molecules, Models and Mankind. The colloquium offers the opportunity for Colorado State faculty and students in inform the university and larger community about their work, learn about activities of their colleagues from across campus, and explore potential collaborations. The colloquium will be hosted at the Hilton Fort Collins.
Each year, more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease – one in every four deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, with coronary heart disease being the most common type. In addition to the devastating loss of life and suffering, coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.
The cardiovascular colloquium is being co-chaired by Dr. Scott Earley, Department of Biomedical Sciences, and Frank Dinenno, Department of Health and Exercise Science. Sponsors include the Colorado School of Public Health, the Colorado State University Research Foundation, the Colorado State University Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Hilton Fort Collins.