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Dr. Polkinghore to give Goodwin Lecture
April 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr. Adam Polkinghorne, associate professor of Microbiology at the University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, will present a 2017 Joy Goodwin Lecture at the College of Veterinary Medicine on Monday, April 3. His talk is titled, “New insights into Chlamydia spill-over, a threat to human and animal health.”
Dr. Polkinghorne is a molecular microbiologist and Director of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Centre for Animal Health Innovation. His group takes a One Health approach to understanding the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of chlamydial infections of humans and animals. Using a range of molecular tools, including the pioneering culture-independent genomic analysis of chlamydiae from clinical samples, his team continues to provide new insight into the role that historical and contemporary spill-over has played in the evolution of several important veterinary chlamydial pathogens; and the description and characterization of a range of emerging chlamydial pathogens that broaden our understanding of the diversity present within this unique group of intracellular bacterial pathogens.
Chlamydia spp. is a ubiquitous pathogen of animals and humans, causing numerous acute diseases in livestock such as abortion, infertility, mastitis, pneumonia and enteritis. Chronic asymptomatic chlamydial infections are now known to be ubiquitous in agricultural production animals, and they cause production losses of up to 10% in reduced fertility, and meat and milk production. As such, scientific discussion of this pathogen is important for veterinary medicine. Dr. Polkinghorne’s work provides new insight into the role that historical spill-over has played in the epidemiology, and broadens our understanding of the diversity present within this unique intracellular bacterial pathogens.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Polkinghorne, please contact Dr. Kaltenboeck (4-2665, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Wang (4-2601, email@example.com).