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Veterinary Medicine Announces Fall 2009 Ramsey Lecture Series

September 18, 2009

Dr. Michael Wannemuehler, Veterinary Medicine, (515)294-3470, mjwannem@iastate.edu

Tom Ligouri, Veterinary Medicine, (515)294-4257, ligouri@iastate.edu


Three outstanding lecturers will participate in the Fall 2009 Ramsey Lecture Series at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The series covers Bardet-Biedl syndrome, antimicrobials and food safety. All lectures are open to the public and will begin at noon at the college. A research poster session will precede the seminar beginning at 11:15 a.m. in the west (Fish Tank) lobby at the college.
Dr. Val Sheffield, M.D., Ph.D.                     Monday September 21                                Classroom 2226
Topic: “The Blind Leading the Obese: The Molecular Biology of Bardet-Biedel Syndrome”
Dr. Sheffield is a Howard Hughes Fellow, director of medical genetics at the children’s hospital, and professor of pediatrics, ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Iowa. His lab is interested in the study of human Mendelian disorders that provide clues to the pathophysiology of common complex disorders. His seminar will focus on the description of a genetically heterogeneous, pleiotropic human eye disorder, Bardet-Biedl syndrome that has provided significant insight into human obesity and hypertension.
Dr. Tom Ellenberger, D.V.M., Ph.D.         Friday October 16                            Classroom 1226
Topic: New targets for antimicrobials and rational design of enzymatic inhibitors of these proteins.
Dr. Ellenberger is head of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the Washington University – St. Louis school of Medicine. His lab research studies the enzymes that ensure the faithful transmission of genetic blueprints to future generations. Investigations focus on the molecular structures and cellular functions of proteins that participate in multiple aspects of genomic stability, including DNA replication, DNA repair and recombination, and chromatin maintenance.
Dr. X.J. Meng, M.D., Ph.D.                           Thursday November 12                 Classroom 1226
Topic: From Barnyard to Food Table: The Omnipresence of Hepatitis E Virus and Risks for Zoonosis and Food Safety
Dr. Meng is professor of molecular virology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is associated with the Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  He currently ranks in the top 1% of scientists based on citation rates in the field of microbiology and clinical medicine.  His seminar will focus on Hepatitis E virus (HEV) and its role as a zoonotic pathogen. HEV is an important human pathogen and recent discoveries of animal strains of HEV with significant sequence identity to human HEV have raised concerns of zoonosis and pork safety.

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