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Human and Animal Medicine to Converge in Philadelphia for Zoobiquity Conference 6

By Ashley Berke Published: Jan 15, 2016

[January 15, 2016; Philadelphia, PA] – How does a French bulldog with atopic dermatitis impact human medicine? What can we learn from a feather-plucking parrot? Can a gorilla with heart disease teach us anything about human cardiology? Experts in veterinary and human medicine are often confronted with similar clinical challenges and shared diagnoses. On Saturday, April 2, 2016, they will present results and work in progress from collaborative studies during the Zoobiquity Conference 6.  

Part of a series of nationwide events, Zoobiquity Conference 6 is designed to foster conversations and collaborations that can lead to new ways to diagnose, model, and treat diseases in all species.

Registration is open at is limited to the first 240 healthcare professionals and 70 students. This event is co-sponsored by Penn Vet, Penn Medicine, and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.

Zoobiquity conference“We are delighted to bring the Zoobiquity Conference to Philadelphia,” said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “This event showcases how absolutely essential it is for veterinary and human health care professionals to collaborate for the benefit of all – a key concept of the One Health initiative. Our hope is that this event not only turns the spotlight on current partnerships, but also inspires conversations and new collaborations across disciplines.”

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, author of the New York Times best-seller, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, will make introductory remarks. Stephanie Murphy, VMD, PhD, Director of the Division of Comparative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, will give a keynote address, and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding will provide closing remarks.

Morning case presentations will take place at the Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium at the Smilow Center for Translational Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine (3400 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia). Afternoon clinical rounds will take place at Penn Vet’s Hill Pavilion, Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, and the Philadelphia Zoo.  

Case presentations include:

  • Atopic Dermatitis and the Cutaneous Microbiome
  • Sleep Apnea Causes and Pharmacotherapies
  • Osteosarcoma Immunotherapy

Clinical rounds include:

  • Affective Aggression and Impulsivity (in dogs and humans)
  • Cleft Lip and Palate (in dogs and humans)
  • Self-Injury: Feather-Plucking Behavior in Parrots and Trichotillomania (in birds and humans)
  • Atrial Fibrillation (in horses and humans)
  • Obesity and Aggression (in pigs and humans)
  • Great Ape Cardiology and Management of Cardiac Disease (in gorillas and humans)
  • Severe Enteritis in a Pediatric Patient (in lemurs and humans)
  • Behavioral Variation in Response to Exposure to a Novel Environment (in zoo animals and humans)

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