Ian Beveridge Memorial Lecture 2014

1 August 2014
Professor Ed Breitschwerdt
Professor Ed Breitschwerdt

Bartonellosis: One health perspectives on an emerging infectious disease

Bartonellosis is a zoonotic infectious disease of worldwide distribution, caused by an expanding number of recently discovered Bartonella species. Bartonella spp. are transmitted by several arthropod vectors, including fleas, lice, sand flies and ticks. Prior to 1990, there was only one named Bartonella species (B. bacilliformis), whereas there are now over 30 species, of which 17 have been associated with an expanding spectrum of animal and human diseases. In Professor Ed Breitschwerdt's first lecture in Australia, find out how advances in diagnostic techniques have facilitated documentation of chronic bloodstream infections with Bartonella species in healthy and sick animals, and in immunocompetent and immunocompromised human patients.

The field of Bartonella research remains in its infancy and is rich in questions, for which patient-relevant answers are badly needed. Hear how directed Bartonella research could substantially reduce animal and human suffering, which is seemingly associated with chronic debilitating disease processes. Professor Ed Breitschwerdt will emphasise the medical importance of Bartonella species as a cause of disease in animals and human patients and the benefits of using a One Health approach to this emerging infectious disease.Professor Ed Breitschwerdt, DVM, is Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research, College of Veterinary Medicine North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Emeritus Professor William Ian Beveridge

Emeritus Professor William Ian Beveridge was an alumnus of the University of Sydney, graduating in 1931. He began his research career at McMaster Laboratory, CSIR, shortly afterwards supervised by Professor R H Carne. Remarkably, within a few years he had found the bacterium responsible for footrot of sheep and set the principles for its control and eradication. He was later awarded a DVSc for this research. During World War II he worked on influenza and other diseases at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. In 1947 he became Professor of Animal Pathology at Cambridge and there and later in the WHO, developed and promoted the concept of "comparative (one) medicine". In 1972 Professor Beveridge published a book, Frontiers in Comparative Medicine, outlining his views in this area of "one medicine".

5pm - 7.30pm
including a cocktail reception
Webster Lecture Theatre
Veterinary Science Conference Centre,
The University of Sydney


Time: 5.00-7.30pm

Location: Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre

Cost: Free

Contact: Liz Kenna

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