FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Reconnect with your classmates in the heart of the educational program for a festive welcome back with current faculty and students. Enjoy delicious food and beverages, "live" entertainment by The Uncovered Band and student performances, as well as a SAVMA club hosted Halloween Dog Costume Contest, bandana and t-shirt tie-dying station, games and more!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
8:30 a.m. Welcome Back All Class Breakfast, Large Animal Support Facility
“From prions to Alzheimer’s disease and beyond: aggregated proteins and their steady march through the brain”
Christina Sigurdson, DVM '94, PhD, Dipl. ACVP
Christina Sigurdson is a Professor of Pathology jointly appointed at UC San Diego and UC Davis. After graduating from UCD (1994), she trained as a veterinary pathologist and also received her PhD investigating chronic wasting disease (CWD) in mule deer with Dr. Edward Hoover at Colorado State University. Her post-doctoral research at the University of Zürich with Dr. Adriano Aguzzi used transgenic mouse models to study how prion structure impacts cross-species prion transmission. After her UC appointment, Christina discovered PrP structural barriers that limit CWD conversion of human PrP. Her lab continues to investigate the structural determinants of prions that govern conversion, conformation, and propagation through the central nervous system. Christina and her colleagues have discovered critical features of the transmission and pathogenesis of CWD in deer as well as the key interacting segments of the prion protein that control prion conversion, strains, and species barriers.
Shuttle service will pick-up and return reunion guests from select Davis hotels before breakfast and after the Schalm lecture through 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. 2009 Class Celebration Dinner - Bistro 33