UGA College of Veterinary Medicine hosts symposium

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine hosts Science of Veterinary Medicine Translational Research Day Symposium

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine will host the Science of Veterinary Medicine Research Day Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 29.Admission is free and the symposium is open to the public.UGA veterinary students who participate in the symposium can receive elective course credit.

Translational medicine is the theme for this year’s symposium, which opens with keynote speaker Dr. Joe Kornegay, a professor in at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Kornegay completed his residency and graduate training in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. For the past 25 years, dating to his time at UGA, Kornegay has studied a canine model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Support for his research comes principally from the National Institutes of Health and includes a grant that established the National Center for Canine Models of DMD at UNC-CH. Kornegay’s address is 10 a.m. and is entitled “Translational Lessons Learned from a Canine Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.”

The symposium opens at 10 a.m.; late registration begins at 9 a.m. The afternoon includes three hour-long workshops, which will be conducted as discussion groups:”Zoonoses and the Challenges Facing Veterinarians in the 21st Century”; “Veterinary Medicine: Science and the Law”; “Veterinary Medicine and Stem Cells in Therapy.” These workshops will address how translational research can help solve problems faced in veterinary medicine.

From late morning through early afternoon, UGA veterinary students, graduate students, interns, residents and faculty will present basic and clinical research that has been conducted at UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.At approximately 4 p.m., awards will be given for the best presentations.Photographs of the awards recipients will be available online, about one week after the event, at http://www.vet.uga.edu/pr/photos.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and doing research to improve the health of animals as well as people. The college enrolls 96 students each fall out of more than 500 who apply. It has more than 130 faculty members.

Through its hospital and diagnostic laboratories, the college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife. The laboratories safeguard public health through disease surveillance. Research conducted at the college improves the health and quality of life for companion animals and improves the productivity and health of poultry and livestock.

For more information about the symposium, including links to additional information and videos, see http://www.vet.uga.edu/GO/symposium.php.