ZOOBIQUITY: A Species-Spanning Approach to Medicine
Leading veterinarians and physicians find research parallels
Source Newsroom: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences
Newswise — The same type of breast cancer commonly seen in women is also diagnosed in tigers, beluga whales, and llamas. Cognitive and memory impairment syndrome is on the rise among elderly dogs and shares many features with human Alzheimer’s disease. Some seizure disorders (epilepsy) affecting human patients are also diagnosed in western lowland gorillas, Arabian horses, and beagles.
There is tremendous overlap between the diseases of human and non-human animals. An important aspect of comparative medicine is interaction between physicians and veterinarians, which is not always recognized.
The 2013 Zoobiquity Conference will bring together leaders in human and animal medicine treating the same diseases in different species. Over 300 clinicians and scientists are expected to attend a day of collaborative discussions and clinical rounds. The event will be held Nov. 2 in New York City.
Featured highlights include:
• “Walk Rounds” at the Bronx Zoo led by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Zoological Health Program veterinary staff and leading subspecialty veterinarians and physicians.
• Physicians and veterinarians presenting human and non-human animal cases from the fields of oncology, infectious disease, psychiatry/behavioral, neurological/cognitive disorders, respiratory infections, and environmental health.
• Other featured cases include:
o Eating disorders (binge eating) in a beagle and middle-aged woman
o Neurodegenerative disease in a 10-year-old boxer and 45-year-old man
o Anxiety disorder in a pit bull and 25-year-old woman
o Malaria in penguins and people
• Keynote addresses from leaders in human and comparative medicine: Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine, and Elaine Ostrander, PhD, chief of the Cancer Genetics Branch at the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute.
Other notable speakers from human and veterinary medicine include:
• Dr. Larry Norton, chief of Clinical Oncology and Director of Breast Cancer Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
• Dr. Orrin Devinsky, director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
• Dr. Evelyn Attia, director of the Columbia and Weill Cornell Center for Eating Disorders
• Paul Calle, VMD, chief veterinarian of the Wildlife Conservation Society
• Richard Goldstein, DVM, chief medical officer of the Animal Medical Center-NY
• E’Lise Christensen, DVM, DACVB, veterinary behaviorist, NYC Veterinary Specialists
For more information about the 2013 Zoobiquity Conference: www.zoobiquity.com. Seating is limited. Registration information and details: www.zoobiquity.com/2013registration.
The 2013 Zoobiquity Conference is sponsored by The Animal Medical Center-NY, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.