Sep. 3, 2009

Vet Med's Ramsey lectures are open to the public

Three guest lecturers will participate in the fall 2009 Ramsey Lecture Series at the College of Veterinary Medicine. All lectures begin at noon and are open to the public. A research poster session will precede each seminar at 11:15 a.m. in the college's west (fish tank) lobby.

Following is the Ramsey lineup for fall semester:

  • Sept. 21, 2226 Vet Med
    "The Blind Leading the Obese: The Molecular Biology of Bardet-Biedel Syndrome," Dr. Val Sheffield, University of Iowa. His talk will focus on a human eye disorder, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, which has provided significant insight into human obesity and hypertension.

  • Oct. 16, 1226 Vet Med
    "New Targets for Antimicrobials and Rational Design of Enzymatic Inhibitors of These Proteins," Dr. Tom Ellenberger, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He studies the enzymes that ensure the transmission of genetic blueprints to future generations, with a focus on proteins that participate in activities such as DNA replication, DNA repair and recombination, and chromatin maintenance.

  • Nov. 12, 1226 Vet Med
    "From Barnyard to Food Table: The Omnipresence of Hepatitis E Virus and Risks for Zoonosis and Food Safety," Dr. X.J. Meng, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. His talk will focus on Hepatitis E virus (HEV), an important human pathogen. Recent discoveries of animal strains of HEV have raised concerns about pork safety and zoonosis (transfer of infectious disease from animals to humans).

The Ramsey Lecture Series is named for Dr. Frank Ramsey (1910-1992), a former head of the department of veterinary pathology, who established an endowment in the college. The series is intended to bring accomplished and leading animal and human health researchers to campus to share their work and experiences with faculty, staff and students.