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Schalm Lecturer Discusses Global Veterinary Issues

September 7, 2007

Monday, September 17, the School of Veterinary Medicine hosts Dr. Guy Palmer as the 2007 Oscar W. Schalm Lecturer.

All interested members of the public are cordially invited to hear his talk, "Emerging Infectious Diseases: Why the Tropics Matter," to be held at noon in Room 170 Schalm Lecture Hall, located in the Health Sciences District on the UC Davis campus.

The event is free, and reservations are not required.

Dr. Palmer’s undergraduate education culminated in a BS in Biology (summa cum laude) followed by a DVM from Kansas State University. He completed a residency in comparative pathology in 1983 and is board-certified in anatomic pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. With support from a NIH Fellowship, he completed a PhD in microbiology in 1984 with a dissertation about research in rickettsial immunity. After an additional post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Palmer joined the faculty in the Departments of Comparative/Experimental Pathology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida. Since 1988, with the exception of two years as a Senior Research Fellow in Switzerland and Spain, Dr. Palmer has been at Washington State University. He is one of the 19 Regents Professors within the university system.


Dr. Palmer’s current research is focused on understanding antigenic variation of vector-borne pathogens at the in-host and population levels. Genome sequencing approaches have progressed from completion of individual strains of the rickettsial Anaplasma marginale to examination of large numbers of strains to better understand flow of strains under conditions of high transmission. His research is supported by the NIH, USDA, and the Welcome Trust and has resulted in more than 170 refereed publications.

Dr. Palmer was elected to membership in the National Academies Institute of Medicine in 2006 and is a member of the Global Health Group within the Institute.

The Schalm lecture, established in 1988, honors the memory of Oscar W. Schalm, a founding faculty member of the School of Veterinary Medicine. It promotes a tradition of scholarship, service and commitment to veterinary medicine and recognizes the lecturer’s distinguished contributions to the profession.

To reach Schalm Hall from off campus, take Interstate 80 to Highway 113 North (toward Woodland). Exit at Hutchison Drive and turn east toward campus (a right turn as you head north) at the freeway exit. Turn right at Health Sciences Drive and proceed to parking lot. Visitor parking (fee) is available in lots 53, 57 or 56. Schalm is located to the south near the Medical Sciences Library and the Scrubs Cafe'.