The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine will host its annual Science of Medicine Research Day on Oct. 11. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. For more information, see http://www.vet.uga.edu/GO/symposium.php.
This year’s symposium opens at 10 a.m. with a brief welcome followed by a keynote address from Dr. Dennis O’Brien, a professor of veterinary neurology in the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. O’Brien’s lecture on “Fireflies in the Brain: Comparative Studies of Hereditary Neurologic Diseases” will focus on his work in hereditary neurologic disease in dogs.
Also speaking are Sonia Altizer, associate dean of faculty affairs in the Odum School of Ecology and an associate professor, who will discuss animal migrations and associated risks of infectious diseases. Dr. Sonia Hernandez, an assistant professor of wildlife disease in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, or SCWDS, will give an overview of her video-based studies of feline behavior; Maria Viveiros, an assistant professor of pharmacology in the veterinary college, will talk on the use of stem cells in medicine and research; and Dr. Steve Budsberg, a professor of orthopedic surgery in the veterinary college, will discuss recent advances in the understanding of pain management.
With the exception of the keynote address, all scheduled lectures will be held from 3:10-4:10 p.m.
Registration for the symposium begins at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 11.