CRWAD 2014 Newsletter

CRWAD 2013 Dedicatee

Photo Left to Right: Dr. Ronald Schultz; Dr. Fredric W. Scott, Dedicatee; Mrs. Lois Scott; and Dr. Christopher Olsen.
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CRWAD 2014 President, Dr. David A. Benfield

News From The President – Dr. David A. Benfield

It is a privilege and an honor to serve as your CRWAD President this year and for the 95th Annual Meeting.  Incredible, we have existed as a professional organization for nearly a century.  The 94th Annual Meeting was an outstanding success.  I want to express my thanks to Dr. Bob Ellis and Ms. Suzy Squires for their dedication and passion in organizing and running the annual meeting.  These two individuals are the ones that make the meeting effortless for the rest of us.  Many thanks also to our outgoing CRWAD President Dr. Rodney Moxley for his excellent leadership.  Finally, thanks goes to our CRWAD Council members, session chairs, judges and the many scientists who present their research projects at the conference.

CRWAD has a reputation for excellent graduate student presentations.  I remember presenting my first professional paper as a graduate student.  At that time the meeting was in the La Salle Hotel in Chicago in 1971.  Over the past several years, funding for travel has become limited and laboratories are not always able to send multiple students to the CRWAD meeting.  Last year I announced the establishment of the CRWAD Foundation and the Foundation Board.  The initial goal for the Foundation is to be a vehicle for tax-deductible donations that will provide travel grants for graduate students to attend the CRWAD meeting.  We hope to have sufficient funds to support some students in 2014.  Once we have released information on the Foundation and how you can donate, I encourage you to do so.  Sustaining our graduate student attendance at this meeting is imperative to maintaining a viable professional organization.

I always enjoy attending CRWAD and the associated satellite meetings.  I listen to the excellent oral and poster presentations, but mostly I cherish the opportunity to renew acquaintances with former students, colleagues and friends in our disciplines.  Over the years, I have had the opportunities to meet numerous distinguished scientists and see students become these scientists in the future.  This past year we honored one of the pioneers in veterinary virology in Dr. Frederic W. Scott, our 2013 Dedicatee.

We serve stakeholders that value companion and agricultural animals.  Disease continues to be an important issue for owners and producers.    We are indeed a unique group of scientists that gather once annually to determine the best methods of reducing the impact of animal diseases.  Make plans to attend the 95th Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases.  Plan to attend both your satellite meetings and stay for the CRWAD meeting also.  I and the CRWAD Council look forward to having you there.

Best always
David A. Benfield


CRWAD Council Members, Executive Director, Dr. Robert P. Ellis; and Administrative Assistant, L. Susanne (Suzy) Squires

Bottom Row, Left to Right: Dr. Robert P. Ellis, Executive Director; Susanne Squires, Administrative Assistant; Dr. Rodney A. Moxley, 2013 President; Dr. Laurel J. Gershwin, Council Member
Top Row, Left to Right: Dr. Christopher C.L. Chase, Council Member; Dr. David A. Benfield, 2014 President; Dr. Paul S. Morley, Council Member; Dr. Vicki Rapp-Gabrielson, Corporate Sponsorship Committee Member; Dr. Roman R. Ganta not pictured.

2014 Council Members

President – Dr. David A. Benfield, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
Vice–President – Dr. Roman Ganta, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Executive Director – Dr. Robert P. Ellis, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
Council Member – Dr. Laurel J. Gershwin, University of California, Davis, CA
Council Member – Dr. Paul S. Morley, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Council Member – Dr. Chris Chase, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Council Member – Dr. Qijing Zhang, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Executive Director – Dr. Robert P. Ellis, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
Administrative Assistant – L. Susanne (Suzy) Squires, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO

Council Members Contact Information


CRWAD Executive Director, Dr. Robert P. Ellis

News From The Executive DirectorDr. Robert P. Ellis

Reflecting back on the 2013 year for CRWAD, I am pleased to inform the members that we had another financially successful year. We remain fiscally sound; with nearly a year’s operating expenses in our bank account and CD’s. For organizations such as CRWAD, this is considered sound financial practice.

Our annual meeting was a success, with oral and poster presentations on newly emerged or emerging diseases. Papers presented on diseases which have continued to plague the food animal and companion animal industries were of primary importance as is our tradition.

During the annual business meeting, the members voted on and unanimously passed a conversion document and a set of updated Bylaws. The reason we needed to do this was because we were not incorporated in any state. The conversion document was filed with the Secretary of State in Colorado so that we are incorporated in Colorado. We remain a not for profit entity with the IRS, as a 501 (c) 3.

Another change in financial matters that you have noticed is that our dues and meeting registrations are now paid through PayPal. The change has worked very well.

We have been able to convince the Marriott that it is in their best interests to offer a block of rooms at the government rate. Watch for more on this as we get closer to the annual meeting.

We were successful in obtaining a new NIFA grant, to assist with meeting expenses. The grant is for two years, $20,000 per year. It was recommended that in the lean budget times in which we find NIFA, it was better to apply for two years instead of the four year grants which we have had in the past. The good news is the amount per year remains the same. We will need to apply again in late 2014 or in 2015 when CRWAD will be eligible in the next round of grants.

The satellite meetings continue to be an integral part of our annual meeting. PLEASE encourage your colleagues, students and guests, to stay at the Marriott. That will ensure that we fulfill our room night contract, and will not pay fines for not fulfilling our contract. In addition, it ensures that we and the satellites do not pay rent for our meeting rooms.

The 2014 year is looking to be another good one, for CRWAD. Please continue to support your organization and our Journal, Animal Health Research Reviews.

Sincerely, Bob Ellis, CRWAD Executive Director

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CRWAD 2013 Dedicatee, Dr. Fred W. Scott, Mrs. Lois Scott, and CRWAD 2013 President, Dr. Rodney Moxley photo
Left to Right: Dr. Fred W. Scott, Mrs. Lois Scott, and CRWAD 2013 President, Dr. Rodney Moxley.

2013 CRWAD DEDICATEE – Fredric W. Scott, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Dr. Fredric W. ScottFred Scott was raised on a dairy farm in western Massachusetts so his original draw to the veterinary profession was bovine practice. As life unfolded, however, he walked through a series of doors that opened unexpectedly.  Those open doors led him to a career in veterinary medicine devoted to improving the quality of life for cats through research and education.

He received a BS degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1958, and his DVM degree from Cornell in 1962.  He began his veterinary career as a private practitioner in Rutland, VT, where he worked for two years in both large and small animal medicine. He was then introduced to veterinary virus research by conducting research on foot-and-mouth disease at Plum Island Animal Disease Center.  In 1965 he returned to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell to study virology under the late Dr. James Gillespie in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  After earning his doctorate, he joined the College’s faculty in September 1968 as an assistant professor of virology, rising through the ranks to full professor, a position he held until his retirement at the end of 1996.  He also was the founding Director of the Cornell Feline Health Center from 1974-1996.

His areas of interest center on the infectious diseases of animals, especially feline viral diseases, including feline infectious peritonitis, feline coronaviruses, feline panleukopenia, feline respiratory disease, the effects of viruses on the developing fetus, and immunoprophylaxis of viral diseases. He has authored or co-authored some 200 scientific publications on these diseases.

Dr. Scott was blessed with a number of outstanding graduate students, research associates, and post-docs, many of whom have gone on to distinguish themselves within the field of veterinary virology. Most of the research accomplishments of his laboratory and the Cornell Feline Health Center are directly attributable to the research of these outstanding individuals.

He taught the core Virology and Viral Diseases course at the College of Veterinary Medicine for some 20 years.  He also taught students about feline infectious diseases within the veterinary curriculum for more than 40 years, first within the Small Animal Infectious Diseases elective that he started in 1970, and then in retirement as a guest lecturer within the Feline Infectious Disease elective.  He was honored to speak on feline infectious diseases at many local, state, regional, national and international veterinary meetings.

Dr. Scott is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, an Honor Roll Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of a number of professional organizations, including: Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, AAFP, AAHA, American Society of Virology, and New York State Veterinary Medical Society.

He served on a number of local, national and international committees, including: president-elect (1974-76) and president (1976-78) of the American Association of Feline Practitioners; Veterinary Medical Advisory Committee, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration   (1984-1986); AVMA Scientific Program Committee (1973-81); AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents (1986-92), Chairman (1987-89); Editor-in-Chief, Feline Practice Journal; Examination Committee of the ACVM; WHO/FAO Board for Comparative Virology, International Working Teams on Caliciviruses, Parvoviruses, and small RNA viruses;

Honors received by Dr. Scott include the Daniel E. Salmon Award from the Alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell (2009); Pioneers in Virology Award from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (2011); Distinguished Scholar in Veterinary Medicine, National Academies of Practice (1991); Carnation Award for Outstanding Achievements in Feline Medicine, AAHA (1990);  Honorary First Fellow, Academy of Feline Medicine (1990); and Annual Feline Symposium of the Cornell Feline Health Center named in his honor (1997).

Fred has been married to his wife Lois for 56 years, and they are blessed with 3 sons, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.  His hobbies include family genealogy, golf, sawing logs into lumber on his portable sawmill, and providing cookies daily to his great-grands.  He has served as either Deacon or Elder of his local church for many years.


2013 AVEPM Schwabe Award recipient Dr. Yrjo Grohn


Dr. Yrjo T. Grohn, Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The Calvin W. Schwabe Award is presented annually by the AVEPM to honor lifetime achievement in veterinary epidemiology and preventative medicine. The 2013 honoree is:

Dr. Yrjo T. Grohn
Dr. Grohn has enriched the veterinary epidemiology arena with cutting-edge research demonstrated by a large number of publications, many of which are frequently cited. He is widely known for his pioneering work on mixed models and dynamic programming. A recent publication in one of the Nature journals signifies the importance and international recognition of his research. To support his research, Dr. Grohn has received continuous USDA funding, while at the same time holding a major NIH grant in the area of Public Health. Dr. Grohn has been a highly regarded educator in a series of workshops on modern epidemiological methods that have been taught throughout the world. Recently, he was bestowed the honor of presenting the Gareth Davis Lecture at the foremost European veterinary epidemiology society. Through numerous publications, presentations and courses over his career of more than 20 years in veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine, Dr. Grohn’s research and teaching have advanced veterinary epidemiology. Dr. Grohn has served on over 30 PhD committees and supervised numerous postdoctoral research fellows.


AAVI 2013 Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist, Dr. Ian Tizard, photo


Dr. Ian Tizard, Richard M. Schubot Professor, Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, was presented the 2013 Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award by Dr. Laura Miller.


2013 ACVM Distinguished Veteriary Microbiologist, Dr. M. M. Chengappa, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS


The Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award was presented by Dr. T. G.  Nagaraja, to Dr. M. M. Chengappa, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

M.M. Chengappa is a University Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. He holds BVSc and MVSc degrees from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Bangalore, India, and MS and PhD degrees in Microbiology from Michigan State University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. He has been at Kansas State University since 1983. As Head, he leads a very diverse department of over 45 faculty and 100 staff, residents, post-docs, and graduate students in the College.

Following is a brief list of some of the honors/awards he has received during his distinguished career: University Distinguished Professor 2003-Present; Beecham Award for Research Excellence, College Veterinary Medicine, KSU 1990; Board of Governors, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, 1992-1995; Editorial Board, Veterinary Research Communication, 1991-Present; Advisory Board, Pet India, an International Journal 1994-Present; Advisory Board, Veterinary Forum, 1995-1997; Editorial Board, Veterinary Microbiology, 1998-2010; Board of Governors, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, 2003-2008; Vice President, American College of Veterinary Microbiologist, 2004-2008; Distinguished Postdoctoral Veterinary Alumnus Award, Michigan State University, 2004; President, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, 2008-2010; KARUNA Award for contribution to National and Global Progress, 2008; and the Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head, Kansas State University, 2011.

Dr. M. M. Chengappa’s primary research interests are to study and understand the pathogenesis of important infectious diseases of animals, and to develop strategies to protect animals from these diseases. Identification, molecular characterization and functional analysis of antigens/toxins of Streptococcus suis, Mannheimia haemolytica, and Fusobacterium necrophorum are his primary research focuses.

He has authored or co-authored over 126 refereed publications, 130 abstract presentations, 5 US patents, and has made numerous presentations as an invited guest speaker locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Chengappa has also been involved in international activities mostly related to infectious diseases. He and Drs. G.R. Carter and A.W. Roberts wrote the textbook “Essentials of Veterinary Microbiology;” and with Dr. G.R. Carter he wrote two books “Microbial Diseases: A Veterinarian's Guide to Laboratory Diagnosis” and “Essentials of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology.” He co-edited the recently released 3rd edition “Veterinary Microbiology” with Drs. Scott McVey and Melissa Kennedy. In addition, Dr. M.M. Chengappa has advised 11 PhD, MS and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. M. M. Chengappa has been very active in several veterinary professional organizations including the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists where he served as the President of the Board of Governors in 2008-2010, Vice President from 2004-2008, and several terms on the ACVM Board. Additionally, he has served on several ACVM Committees over the years. Dr. Chengappa was a guiding force is helping insure the parasitological specialty was approved within ACVM. He also has served as a committee member and/or chair on several national, regional and university committees in many areas. Dr. Chengappa is an active member of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) and became a member in 1990.

Congratulations Dr. Chengappa for receiving this prestigious award!



CRWAD 2014 New Members photo at the Business Meeting, Chicago Marriott

Photo left to right: 2013 CRWAD President, Dr. Rodney Moxley; New CRWAD Members; 2014 CRWAD President, Dr. David Benfield (photo 2nd from right); and the CRWAD Executive Director, Dr. Robert Ellis (Photo far right).

The Following New Regular Member Applicants, approved by the Council, were announced and presented with Member Certificates:

2014 New Members
1) John A. Angelos, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
2) Alexandra Armstrong, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ
3) Melanie Boileau, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
4) Carol Chitko-McKown, USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Res Center, Clay Center, NE
5) Issmat I. Kassem, OARDC / FAHRP, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
6) Bibiana Law, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
7) Esteban Soto Martinez, Ross University, Basseterre, St. Kitts, WEST INDIES
8) Qiuhong Wang, FAHRP / OARDC, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
9) Jianqiang Zhang, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
10) Weiping Zhang, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

2014 New Life Members
1) Tabatabai, Louisa, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
2) J. Glenn Songer, Iowa State University, Ames, IA



Electronic Abstract submission will be required for the 2014 meeting. The Abstract deadline for the 2014 CRWAD Annual Meeting is August 22.  Abstracts will be sent to CRWAD through the OASIS On-line Abstract Submission Program

The OASIS On-line Abstract Submission Program will not accept abstracts after midnight August 26.  The submitting author for each abstract will be considered the contact author and presenter.  The abstracts submitted by the deadline of August 22, will be allowed a four day editing window by the submitting author.  The editing window will close at midnight, August 26, 2013.  Information and access to the OASIS On-line Abstract Submission Program will be available on our CRWAD web site June, 2014.

Abstract submission instructions and information are available at AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS.


Chicago Marriott (Downtown) Room Reservations 2014

A dedicated booking website has been created for our CRWAD event. Guests will be able to make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel.

Attendees please note:
The custom link will direct you to the on-line CRWAD custom room block at a Passkey system. The block will be closed off in the Passkey system 3 days before the meeting date. Use these phone numbers (Toll–Free: 1–877–303–0104 ; or 1–866–596–7456 for international calls) if you opt to call the hotel instead.

Please place your hotel sleeping room reservations at the following custom site:
Chicago Marriott (Downtown) Hotel custom CRWAD Room Reservations Web site will be available at a later date.

If you call the hotel (Toll–Free: 1–877–303–0104 ; or 1–866–596–7456 for international calls) to make your sleeping room reservation make sure you ask for the CRWAD group rate.  Place your reservation by November 12, to secure a sleeping room under the CRWAD group rate. Government room rates will be available in the CRWAD room block. 2014 CRWAD Group Rate will be competitive with area hotels.

DO NOT send your CRWAD meeting registration payment to the hotel.

NOTICE:  The Chicago Marriott may be sold out the nights of December 5 and 6, 2014.  CRWAD has a block of rooms reserved, and you must make your reservations by November 12, to insure that you obtain a room before our block is released.  When reserving your room by phone make sure you indicate your affiliation with the CRWAD in order to receive the special CRWAD group rate.


CRWAD 2013 President, Dr. Rodney Moxley


CRWAD is grateful for the leadership and dedication of our out–going 2013 President Dr. Rodney A. Moxley.


Dr. Roger William (Bill) Stich, Editor-in-Chief for the Animal Health Research Review (AHRR) Journal

AHRR (Animal Health Research Reviews)

Dr. Roger William (Bill) Stich , Editor–in–Chief, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, presented a report on the status of Animal Health Research Reviews. AHRR is marketed by Cambridge Publishing.

"Animal Health Research Reviews provides an international forum for the publication of reviews and commentaries on all aspects of animal health. Papers include in-depth analyses and broader overviews of all facets of health and science in both domestic and wild animals."

Animal Health Research Reviews may be ordered from Cambridge Journals: AHRR Subscription Order Form