21ST ANNUAL SWINE DISEASE CONFERENCE FOR SWINE PRACTITIONERS
Roy Schultz Lectureship Series
The Roy Schultz Lectureship Series was established through a generous gift by Dr. Roy Schultz (ISU DVM '60, MS '81) and his wife, Jan (ISU BA '59). Roy, an internationally renowned swine practitioner, and Jan have requested that the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine provide high-quality educational opportunities for college faculty and Iowa practitioners to enhance swine practice and the delivery of quality veterinary services to the swine industry. This Lectureship series is designed to facilitate these efforts.
Roy is the embodiment of Iowa State University's Science with Practice motto. In the face of mounting losses associated with an emerging respiratory disease- Haemophilus pleuropneumonia (now APP), Roy took several years from his practice to characterize the disease, clinical and pathologic lesions, and to investigate control and mitigation strategies that would benefit his clients. In the process, he provided leading edge information on this disease for the research and practice communities.
This year’s Roy Schultz Lectureship speaker is Dr. William Laegreid, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. He will be presenting on the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Genotypic Variability and Their Importance to Control Efforts.
Dr. Laegreid’s research interests are focused on the pathogenesis and control of animal diseases, especially high consequence infections of livestock. He utilizes molecular, cellular, animal and population based studies to elucidate mechanisms of injury and susceptibility to viral and bacterial disease. Dr. Laegreid’s recent work is directed towards understanding the how genomic variation of hosts and pathogens interacts to influence the expression of disease at the population level. Dr. Laegreid is the author or co-author of over 80 peer reviewed scientific publications, as well as contributions to books, reports and other publications.
Will Laegreid obtained his BS, MS, DVM and PhD degrees from Washington State, as well as completing a residency in anatomic pathology in the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. After moving to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center he became Research Leader of the Molecular Pathology Unit, initiating pathogenesis and vaccine research primarily on arthropod borne transboundary diseases such as African horsesickness and Venezuelan equine encephalitis, as well as working with other exotic diseases such as African swine fever, and foot-and-mouth disease. In 1995, Dr. Laegreid became Research Leader of the Animal Health Unit at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center where he led research programs on zoonotic foodborne pathogens, and genomics of livestock disease, including E. coli O157:H7 and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. From 2007 to 2012, he was on the faculty of the Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, working primarily on porcine reproductive and respiratory virus with an emphasis on the functional consequences of genomic variation in this important viral pathogen of swine. Dr. Laegreid is currently Director of the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory and Head of the Veterinary Sciences Department at the University of Wyoming.