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Isaac Pessah - Welcome Address

Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Education, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Dr. Pessah's research focus is molecular and cellular signaling, including studies in molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating cellular Ca2+ signaling. He also studies the structure, function, and pharmacology of ryanodine-sensitive calcium channels of sarcoplasmic and endoplasmic reticulum in striated muscle and mammalian brain, role of immunophilins in Ca2+-dependent and independent signaling cascades, genetic and xenobiotic factors influencing malignant hyperthermia susceptibility mechanisms responsible for the developmental neurotoxicity of halogenated aromatics Genetic and environmental factors influencing neurodevelopment. His specialty focus is toxicology.

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Michael Lairmore

Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Michael D. Lairmore, DVM, PhD, Dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, oversees all School of Veterinary Medicine activities, personnel, facilities and funding resources. He presides over the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, Veterinary Medicine Extension and other centers of excellence.  He is board certified in veterinary anatomic pathology as well as virology and immunology, and he holds a doctorate in experimental pathology.

Dean Lairmore received his DVM degree in 1981 from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and his Ph.D. in 1987 from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. 

Dean Lairmore is a scientist who bridges multiple disciplines to address basic questions related to viral causes of cancer. His research has provided significant breakthroughs in the biology of the human retroviruses and the understanding of viral-associated carcinogenesis. After developing a reference laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Human T cell leukemia/lymphotropic virus type 1, he discovered the first HTLV-2 infection in native Indian populations in Central America. He is one the few veterinarians elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and AAAS.  Dean Lairmore has authored or co-authored more than 180 scientific publications.

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Ralph J. Hexter

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Davis

Ralph Hexter arrived at UC Davis on January 1, 2011, to become provost & executive vice chancellor. He also holds an appointment as distinguished professor of classics and comparative literature. As provost and executive vice chancellor, he serves as the number two person in the UC Davis administration, reporting directly to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and representing the chancellor in her absence.

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Harris Lewin

Vice Chancellor, Office of Research, UC Davis

Harris Lewin is Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor of Evolution and Ecology and Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair at the University of California, Davis.

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Manuel Moro

T-Program Director, NIH Office of the Director

Dr. Manuel H. Moro is a Program Official at the Division of Comparative Medicine, Office of Research Infrastructure at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Moro manages a grant program portfolio that includes almost all biomedical training for veterinarians (T32 and T35), resource centers (P40), research grants (R01 and R21), and resource-related research grants (R24). 

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Roberto Alva

Senior Director, Clinical R & D; Executive Director Merial Veterinary Scholars Program

Roberto Alva, DVM, MS, PhD is a Senior Director Clinical R&D Research & Development and Executive Director of the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program. Dr. Alva received his DVM degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Following graduation, he worked as a swine practitioner. Dr. Alva moved to United States where he earned an MS in Animal Science and a PhD in Veterinary Pathology from Iowa State University. He has also conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Bern in Switzerland. In 1982, Dr. Alva joined Merck and Co. Inc. to work primarily on the development of antiparasitic drugs. He became a project leader and a pathologist for the company developing a wide range of pharmaceutical products. He later moved to Georgia with the same company to work on clinical operations and regulatory affairs. As a Senior Director of Clinical R&D in Merial Limited, Dr. Alva is responsible for establishing the safety and efficacy of new pharmaceuticals and vaccines, and for developing new claims for existing products. He is the author or co-author of over 60 scientific articles and abstracts.

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Fabian Kausche

Global Head of Research & Development

Fabian Kausche is the Chief Scientific Officer and Global Head of Research and Development for Merial, an animal health company focused on providing a comprehensive range of vaccines and pharmaceutical products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. He has overall responsibility for advancing the scientific and technical aspects of Merial research and development programs and leads a group of more than 750 scientists and support staff who work in 13 R&D sites around the world.

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Ed Murphey

Assistant Director, Education & Research Division, AVMA

Dr. Erle Douglas "Ed" Murphey III joined the AVMA Feb. 6 as an assistant director in the Education and Research Division. His primary responsibilities are working as the staff liaison for the AVMA Council on Research and facilitating operations for the AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties.  Dr. Murphey comes to the AVMA after performing critical-care medical research for a decade at the Shriners Burns Institute, which is part of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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Andrew T. Maccabe

Executive Director, AAVMC

Dr. Andrew Maccabe is the Executive Director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). He is also a Public Health Officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, currently assigned to Headquarters NORAD – U.S. NORTHCOM where serves as the public health consultant to the command surgeon. Dr. Maccabe received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from The Ohio State University in 1981 and 1985, respectively. He began his professional career in Jefferson, Ohio where he worked in a mixed animal practice with primary emphasis on dairy herd health.

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Brad Fenwick

Senior VP for Global Strategic Alliances, Elsevier

Dr. Brad Fenwick is a Professor of Pathobiology and Microbiology.   He holds a DVM and MS in Pathology from Kansas State University and Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology from UC Davis where he also completed a residency in diagnostic pathology and is a distinguished alumnus.  He is board certified in Microbiology and Immunology.  Dr. Fenwick has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research, holds several patents, founded a biotechnology company, and consults widely with companies, universities, and governments.  He is a Fellow with the American Council on Education, an elected Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was appointed as a Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science Advisor to the U.S. State Department and USAID where his portfolio included Food Security, Higher Education, and International Science, Technology, and Innovation.   He has held many senior administrative positions, including Graduate Dean, Vice President for Research, President for Intellectual Properties, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, and Chief Scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   As Senior Vice President for Global Strategic Alliances with Elsevier he is charged with forging non-commercial partnerships with universities and governments to enhance their research and educational productivity and success.