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K-State Researchers Bringing Expertise to Kansas City Symposium on Disease and National Security
Date:9/12/2007

MANHATTAN, Kan., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kansas State University's expertise on diseases transmitted between animals and humans is being tapped for a prestigious symposium in Kansas City, Mo.

Nearly half of the experts featured at the Zoonoses and National Biosecurity Symposium, Monday, Sept. 17, are affiliated with K-State. The symposium, at the Kansas City Convention and Entertainment Center, is being organized by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.

Drs. T.G. Nagaraja, Bob Rowland and Roman Ganta, all professors in the department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, will speak at the symposium, as well as Dr. Juergen Richt, K-State's new Regents Distinguished Professor.

"The symposium's presenters are internationally recognized for their expertise," said Ralph Richardson, dean of K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine. "Tapping that many of our faculty underscores K-State's status in the field of bioscience, and it's one of the primary reasons that the federal government should build the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan."

Richt, will kick off the symposium at 8:30 a.m. with "BSE Prions and Flu Viruses: Two Distinct Zoonotic Agents." This presentation will provide a basic understanding of prion diseases, especially bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease. He'll discuss the molecular features of typical and atypical cases of mad cow disease, the molecular nature of influenza virus evolution and will introduce a novel concept to vaccinate against influenza viruses. Richt is currently lead scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center and is an adjunct professor with Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine. He will officially join K-State's faculty in April 2008.

Nagaraja will present "Escherichia coli 0157 and Food Safety" at 9 a.m. He will discuss
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