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"Adventures and New Discoveries" in Animal and Human Health

August 26, 2003

Patricia A. Conrad, professor of parasitology, presents the 15th Annual Oscar W. Schalm Lecture*, Monday, September 15, 2003, at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The lecture, "Adventures and New Discoveries at the Wildlife-Domestic Animal-Human Interface," takes place at noon in Schalm Lecture Hall 170, located in the Health Sciences Complex. The school welcomes interested members of the public to this free event.

Conrad's talk focuses on the importance of and challenges to the study of the transmission of protozoal parasites that infect wildlife, domestic animals and humans. In particular she will discuss how these parasites pose a threat to the health of marine mammals such as the Southern sea otter.

Patricia Conrad earned her DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1980 and her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1984. She has studied Theileria parva, the causative agent of East Coast fever in African cattle, at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases in Kenya.

In 1988, Conrad joined the School of Veterinary Medicine faculty in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology. Her research emphasizes the role of single-celled parasites called protozoans on the health of marine mammals, dogs, humans, horses and cattle. She has investigated babesiosis in humans, Neospora abortion in cattle, and protozoal myeloencephalitis in horses. Conrad is currently developing molecular methods to evaluate protozoal parasites or other pathogens in pollution entering freshwater and marine ecosystems. She received the 1998 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence and the 1999 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award.

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.

*Note: The September 15 lecture is the second of two presentations. The first speech takes place September 14 as part of the Symposium on Recent Advances in Clinical Veterinary Medicine.