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64th Annual James Steel Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man

Posted July 01, 2014

The 64th Annual James Steele Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man (DIN) was held June 25-27, 2014 in Irving, Texas, and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) was well represented.

  • Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine, presented the J.V. Irons Keynote Address, “One Health: Human health, animal health, and the intersection of health with natural and man-made environments.”
  • Dr. Sarah Hamer, VIBS, gave an oral presentation titled, “Ticks and Tick-borne pathogens in Texas.”
  • Rachel Curtis, VIBS, gave an oral presentation titled “Chagas disease ecology in Texas.”
  • Dr. Maria Esteve-Gassent, VTPB, gave an oral presentation titled “Implications of climate change on the distribution of the tick vector Ixodes scapularis and risk for Lyme disease.”
  • Dr. Randi Gold, VTPB, gave an oral presentation titled “Amikacin resistance in Staphylococcus pseudintermedius isolated from dogs.”
  • Thomas Jeffreys, VTPB, gave an oral presentation titled “Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in the southern US.”
  • Dr. Glennon Mays, VLCS, gave an oral presentation titled “Confirming brucellosis in an individual feral boar.”
  • Cory Schlesener, VIBS, presented the poster “Hunting Texas sandflies: vectors of Leishmania Mexicana”
  • Abha Grover, VTPB, presented the poster “Detection of pathogenic Ehrlichia species in Texas ticks by passive surveillance.”
  • Su Jin Lim, VTPB, presented the poster “Development of a standardized Lyme competitive ELISA test applicable in veterinary diagnostic.”
  • Dr. Charles Scanlan, VTPB, presented three posters: “Bacillus cereus foodborne intoxification,” “Culture survey of porcine dysentery colonic contents for Salmonella serovars,” and “Porcine rectal strictures.”
  • Christina Small, VTPB, presented the poster “Borrelia burgdorferi seroprevalence in deer across Travis County, Texas.”

Additionally, many CVM Faculty were co-authors on many other presentations.

The conference was highly informative and attendees included numerous professionals from many disciplines, such as veterinarians, MDs, nurses, sanitarians, animal control officers, wildlife experts, and many others who were affiliated with national, state, or municipal government agencies, the military, academia, private practices, private hospitals, and many other organizations.

Please think about joining us next year as a presenter or attendee; presenters are eligible for reduced or waived conference fees. The conference provides great information, wonderful networking potential, and relatively inexpensive 17 hours of CE credit.

Next year’s DIN will be held on May 20-22 at the San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center in Galveston, Texas.

Contact Information

Megan Palsa, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Communications, Media & Public Relations
Office - (979) 421-3121



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