The Animal Health and Nutrition Intellectual Exchange Group (AH&N IEG) is a group with representation from industry, academia and the NC Biotechnology Center. It’s mission is to provide a forum for professionals (academics as well as industry) working in the Animal Health and Nutrition space to discuss topics of relevance, network with each other to build relationships and collaborations. It will also serve as a forum to identify technologies that could be spun out from universities; a forum for company executives to develop peer level relationships and company collaborations. It aims to become the core of a future cluster in RTP around Animal Health and Nutrition.
Faculty, students, postdocs and industry members with interest in animal health and nutrition are welcome.
Similar meeting format as previous years will be maintained in the 2018-2019 season. Each event will host multiple speakers centered around the event theme and allow a time for networking among attendees.
Most events run from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at NCBiotech, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for all seminars. Registration is free unless otherwise noted.
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September 9, 2019, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
“Pets and Parasites: Diseases transmitted by fleas and ticks and their impact on animal and human health”
Fleas and ticks are the most common ectoparasites (external parasites) of dogs and cats worldwide. In addition to just being a nuisance, fleas are responsible for flea allergy dermatitis and Bartonellosis while ticks are important vectors of diseases that affect humans and animals. The geographic distribution of ticks is changing due to climate change, de-foresting, and the changing living and migrating patterns of deer, birds, and rodents. Ticks are in virtually all parts of the United States, including some urban areas, and many parts of the world. Tick-transmitted diseases include: Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, and Hepatozoonosis. This AH&N forum will discuss Bartonellosis as well as outline the discovery and development of molecules that treat flea and tick infestations on companion animals.
Dr. Edward B. Breitschwerdt, NCSU
Kerrie Powell, Cambrex
November 4, 2019
“Gastrointestinal Functionality: Nutrition, Biochemistry, Microbiota and More”
Gut health is a topic widely discussed for animal as well as human welfare because optimal gastrointestinal functionality is crucial for health. Gut health informs performances as it improves feed efficiency, reduces use of antibiotics, and sustains food safety. Nutritional and managerial practices used within the food-animal agricultural system may have relevance to the challenges faced by global human health. Jack Odle will discuss the piglet agri-medical model developed in his laboratories; it is considered to be the premier model for all mammalian neonates including pediatric pre-clinical research. He will discuss the model and its use and will focus on recent work in his laboratory on prebiotic oligosaccahrides. Joan Torrent will address how gut health can be managed and animal performance maintained or enhanced in the absence of antibiotics.
Dr. Jack Odle, NCSU
Dr. Joan Torrent, Oligo Basics
January 13, 2020
March 16, 2020