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Feb. 5, 2004

Roth to Discuss Veterinarians' Role In Protecting Human Health Feb. 12

The recent reports of mad cow disease appearing in the United States and bird influenza spreading across Asia provide two examples of the important link between veterinary medicine and public health.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, James Roth, D.V.M., Ph.D., will discuss how the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University has developed innovative approaches to help prepare the veterinary profession to recognize and respond to emerging and exotic zoonotic diseases, potential bioterrorism pathogens and potential agroterrorism pathogens.

The presentation, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 22 of the Nursing Building on the University of Iowa campus, is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) and via streaming video on the Web.

The program is part of the spring 2004 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

Roth is the director of the CFSPH, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and assistant dean for International Programs and Public Policy at Iowa State University. He is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and the executive director of the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics.

The presentation is sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. The ICPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health.

For more information about the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant, Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,