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Jonna Mazet - Featured Speaker

One Health: A New Paradigm for Prevention of Pandemics

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology and Director of the One Health Institute in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Dr. Mazet is active in international One Health research programs, especially disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people and the ecological drivers for disease emergence. Currently, she is the Global Director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, named PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She has recently been elected to the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine in recognition of her successful and innovative approach to emerging environmental and global health threats.

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Brian Bird - Featured Speaker

Synergies between the Bench and the Field: Rift Valley Fever and Ebola

Dr. Bird is a veterinary medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. His current research portfolio includes multiple projects spanning virus pathogenesis, vaccine and anti-viral drug development, disease modeling, to diagnostics in outbreak responses. Actively supervises and provides training for high containment animal technicians and laboratory personnel to meet research goals. Major focus on the continued development and safety and efficacy testing of recombinant Rift Valley fever virus vaccines with commercial partners (delNSs-delNSm-rZH501; aka DDvax) for a one-health approach to control this devastating pathogen of livestock and people.

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Mireya Mayor - Featured Speaker

Pink Boots and a Machete

A scientist, explorer, wildlife correspondent, inspirational speaker, and author of Pink Boots and a Machete, Dr. Mireya Mayor, a Ph.D. in anthropology, has reported on wildlife and habitat issues to worldwide audiences for more than a decade.

Once a city girl and Miami Dolphins NFL cheerleader who had never been camping, Mayor has since found herself sleeping in a rain forest hammock amid poisonous snakes; been charged by gorillas, chased by elephants, pawed by leopards; scaling rocky cliffs; and diving with great white sharks after a college anthropology class inspired her to study the natural world. 

Mayor now dedicates her life to studying rare primates in the wild throughout the world and working closely with local populations.  She obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology from Stony Brook University in New York, and is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar.