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The 2020 Giguère Symposium

Hosted by: Office of Research and Graduate Affairs

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Venue

Virtual

Organizer

Office of Research and Graduate Affairs
Phone Number: (706) 542-1420
Email: svms@uga.edu

Event Agenda

09/14/2020

Start Time
End Time
Event
11:59 pm
Abstract submissions due

Abstract submissions have closed.  To inquire about a late submission please email svms@uga.edu.

10/07/2020

Start Time
End Time
Event
8:00 am 10:00 am
Opening Remarks and Keynote Presentation
Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka

10/08/2020

Start Time
End Time
Event
10:00 am 12:00 pm
Oral Presentations

10/09/2020

Start Time
End Time
Event
1:00 pm 3:00 pm
Oral Presentations

10/14/2020

Start Time
End Time
Event
9:00 am 11:00 am
Networking Sessions and Awards Presentations

Speakers

  • Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD

    Dr. KawaokaDr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka is a Professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Pathobiological Science. He was educated in Japan, receiving his DVM in 1978 and his PhD in 1983 from Hokkaido University. He established the technique of reverse genetics, which allows the generation of ‘designer’ influenza viruses. This technology was used to develop the flu vaccine FluMist® and candidate bird flu vaccines. Dr. Kawaoka discovered what makes bird flu viruses so deadly and how they jump from birds to humans. In addition to his influenza research, Dr. Kawaoka also studies Ebola virus. His group worked in Sierra Leone during the 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak and continues to work with Ebola survivors. He is currently developing an Ebola vaccine, which entered clinical trials in 2019. In February 2020, he initiated research on SARS-CoV-2 including developing viral assays and establishing animal models of infection In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Kawaoka was awarded the Robert Koch Award in 2006; he received the Medal of Honor (Purple Ribbon) in 2011 and the Japan Academy Award in 2016 from the Emperor of Japan for his influenza research. In 2013, he was elected as an international member of the United States National Academy of Sciences. In 2015, he received the UNESCO Carlos J. Finlay Prize for Microbiology.

Additional Information

Veterinary medicine and veterinary research have critical roles in both animal and human health. While caring for animals is inherent to the profession, veterinary professionals have a much broader impact. By improving the health and welfare of our companion animals, agricultural animals and wildlife animals, as well as by expanding our understanding of animals in health and disease, veterinarians and veterinarian scientists directly and indirectly impact public health. Moreover, veterinarians and research conducted at veterinary institutions are critical to the One Health concept, which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interconnected. The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine is home to a spectrum of research training programs for the next generation of veterinary medicine practitioners and researchers. Each year we highlight the cutting edge research conducted in these programs at the Science of Veterinary Medicine Symposium. The symposium provides an opportunity for research trainees at all levels to present their work to faculty and students from across the College of Veterinary Medicine community. The symposium also provides first and second year veterinary students the opportunity to explore the scope of veterinary research and the career opportunities available to them while learning about the rigor involved in scientific inquiry. Each year The Symposium also features a nationally recognized Keynote Speaker from industry, academia or government. In 2019, the Symposium was renamed in honor of Dr. Steeve Giguère, former faculty member, world-renowned clinician scientist, and tireless advocate for the training of veterinarians and scientists.