2016 One Health Innovations Symposium Announced
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2016 One Health Innovations Symposium Announced
Two day symposium focused on the nexus of human and animal medicine

For Release June 6, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) announces “One Health Innovations – The Nexus of Human and Animal Medicine,” a two day symposium focused on the translational and comparative aspects of human and animal medicine.  The August 28-29 event will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Designed for physicians, veterinarians, and scientists interested in research and clinical studies, this year’s Symposium has an impressive slate of speakers covering topics that include: gene therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and melanoma, vaccine development for osteosarcoma, stem cell-based therapies, polycystic kidney disease, orthopedics, diabetes, and bioinformatic approaches to drug discovery. 

Each topic area will have three speakers addressing specific linkages between human health, animal health, and industry or regulatory aspects of the particular therapeutic approach.  Keynote and featured speakers include Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD – Executive Director, One Health Commission; Amy LeBlanc, DVM, DACVIM – Director, Comparative Oncology Program, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute; David Curiel, MD, PhD, Director, Biologic Therapeutics Center, Washington University in St. Louis; Joseph McGuirk, DO, Professor of Medicine and Schutte/Speas Professor in Hematology-Oncology, University of Kansas Cancer Center; and David Baron, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.

KCALSI is also pleased to welcome Former Captain Luis Carlos Montalván, a New York Times bestselling author as our guest speaker during lunch on Monday, August 29.  Luis, along with his beloved service dog, Tuesday, has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people across North America about disability awareness, trauma, and healing.  Attendees will hear their inspirational story of service, sacrifice and restoration and see the undeniable proof of the unique bond that can exist between dogs and people.

KCALSI partnered with the Schools of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri and Kansas State University to develop an engaging program of relevant, timely topics with a remarkable group of human health, animal health, and industry and regulatory experts.  Abstracts from this year’s Symposium will be published in the journal of “Clinical and Translational Medicine” and printed copies will be available for attendees.


The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) strives to advance the life sciences in the Kansas City region through collaboration, research, workforce development, and commercialization. A non-profit organization, KCALSI fosters constructive relationships between the academic and private sectors; facilitates collaborative scientific research; advocates for the life sciences at local, state and national levels; and supports economic development, technology transfer and commercialization.  For more information visit www.kclifesciences.org or contact KCALSI at 816-753-7700.


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