The Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium brings together outstanding scientists and veterinary scholars who have been engaged in mentored research experiences over the course of the summer in colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada. Veterinary scholars share their research findings in poster sessions and have the chance to hear and interact with scientists from diverse fields. The CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is proud to host this symposium and we look forward to making it an informative and enjoyable experience for all.
The new Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (effective July 1, 2012) at CSU, Dr. Mark Stetter, will provide the welcome address for the symposium. Dr. Stetter will review successes in medical sciences arising from collaborations between veterinary and human medical science, and discuss the concept of “One Medicine.” Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Stetter was Director of Animal Operations at the Walt Disney Company.
Dr. Zerhouni, President of Sanofi Research and Development, will be the Keynote speaker for the symposium. Dr. Zerhouni served as the 15th Director of the National Institutes of Health from 2002-2008, prior to his appointment at Sanofi in 2011. Dr. Zerhouni’s address will highlight the impact and importance of veterinary participation in the biomedical research enterprise. Dr. Zerhouni will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 3.
The use of stem cells in basic and applied research is a relatively new and highly significant area of contemporary veterinary and human health research. Speakers for the session include Dr. Ramesh Akkina, Dr. C Wayne McIlwraith, and Dr. Gerrit Bouma
The Thursday night opening night reception will tentatively include an entertaining speech by Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, a comedian, veterinarian, and star of several Animal Planet reality TV shows. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m.
On Friday, students will enjoy a barbecue dinner, followed by an address by Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science, CSU. Dr. Grandin is an expert consultant to the livestock industry for development of humane handling standards, and is widely noted for her advocacy of autism.
Join us on Saturday night for the spectacular "Rockomedy" band Bog Spavin. The group, which is comprised of CSU veterinary alumni, will perform at the main stage venue at the Larimer County Fair at 9:30 p.m.