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Prominent researcher to speak on African lions during School of Veterinary Medicine lecture

September 4, 2002

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine invites interested members of the public to learn about the impacts of infectious disease on conservation of African lions at the annual Oscar W. Schalm Lecture, Tuesday, September 17, 2002.

Hans Lutz, professor of internal veterinary medicine at the University of Zurich, will present the lecture at noon in Schalm Lecture Hall 170, located in the Health Sciences Complex on the Davis campus. The talk, "Co-infections in Ngorongoro lions and their significance in a recent disease outbreak," will focus on health issues of lions in Tanzania living within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a unique and isolated ecosystem formed by a volcanic crater.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Hans Lutz received veterinary and PhD degrees from the University of Zurich and has directed clinical laboratory diagnostics at the University of Zurich since 1981. His research interests include feline retroviral infections and animal models for AIDS. Professional interests also include feline immunology and vaccine study, and clinical laboratory diagnostics in veterinary medicine. Among his professional activities, Lutz spent three years working in virology and immunology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Oscar W. Schalm Lectureship, established in 1988, honors the memory of Oscar W. Schalm, a founding faculty member. For more information, call the Office of Academic Programs, (530) 752-1324.

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts teaching, research and service statewide to benefit animal, human and environmental health. Teaching programs include extensive continuing education offerings for veterinarians and others concerned with animal health.