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May 19, 1998

UC Davis will celebrate the opening of a new Center for Comparative Medicine on June 4-5, 1998 with a symposium, opening ceremony, and tours.

At the symposium on June 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Center and visiting scientists will describe current investigations with viruses, bacteria and fungi infecting both humans and animals. A discussion of the uses of mouse models in the study of human disease is also scheduled.

At the opening ceremony on June 5, 2-3:30 p.m., veterinarian Stephen W. Barthold, director of the Center, will welcome distinguished guests and keynote speaker Judith L. Vaitukaitis, M.D., of the National Institutes of Health. Another guest is John Garamendi, author of SB578, the bond act that helped establish funding for construction of the Center.

The Center for Comparative Medicine is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center co-sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine to further our understanding of persistent infectious diseases affecting humans and animals.

Objectives include investigation of host-agent interactions and the development of intervention strategies for persistent infectious diseases common to humans and animals.

Examples include viruses (human immunodeficiency virus, cytomegalovirus, papilloma viruses), bacteria (Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, tuberculosis, Helicobacter gastritis), and parasites (malaria, babesiosis, leishmaniasis). Investigation of these and other diseases, which have enormous impact on society, benefits both humans and their domestic animals.

Center faculty members possess a broad range of complementary expertise and interdisciplinary experience. Their work may lead to novel approaches toward prevention. In addition, researchers seek new therapies for persistent infectious diseases that have proven otherwise difficult to control by conventional clinical treatments.

Faculty members also provide expertise in laboratory animal sciences. The Center supports the campus-wide Mouse Biology Program through its Targeted Genomics Laboratory. Mice whose genetic make-up has been altered in specific ways are used to create highly specific models for a wide variety of human and animal diseases.

Interdisciplinary research programs provide a rich academic environment for teaching at the professional, graduate and postgraduate levels within the schools of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine. Opportunities are available for professional students from both schools to gain research experience, and Ph.D. candidates at both schools may pursue training opportunities at the Center's faculty-sponsored laboratories. Postdoctoral training is also available. This diverse teaching program is intended to attract and train high-quality candidates to the disciplines of comparative medicine, infectious disease research, and laboratory animal sciences.

For more information, contact Anita Moore, Center for Comparative Medicine, 530-752-7913,