CORE Activity Blog

ICCI

Posted August 13, 2017

As a participant of the 2017 CORE program, I had the opportunity to attend the 10th annual ICCI symposium at the Ontario Veterinary College. I found the symposium to be a very informative event where I was able to learn about the research being conducted by various groups at the OVC. Although my interests and research focus are primarily on human health and medicine, I have started to appreciate the tremendous amount of research that is initially targeted for veterinary patients, but ends up having tremendous applicability for human patients as well.

Animal Health Laboratorians: how the “detectives” of the veterinary world improve public health and food safety

Posted August 11, 2017

When most people think of veterinarians, they picture a veterinarian working in a clinic or traveling from farm-to-farm in their truck. However, there’s an entire area of veterinary medicine that the general public doesn’t normally see – and that’s veterinary diagnostic labs. Although laboratorians don’t always directly interact with clients and patients, they have a pivotal role in public health and disease surveillance.

Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses Scientific Symposium

Posted August 11, 2017

On May 23rd 2017, I attended the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses Symposium. This presentation is held every year during the summer and is a way to bring together all the forms of public health and disease prevention.

Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists 43rd Annual Meeting

Posted August 11, 2017

On June 7th I had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists 43rd Annual Meeting held at the Ontario Veterinary College. It was a small conference and I was one of the lucky few students who were able to watch very talented pathologists present to their colleagues.

 

Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Annual Meeting

Posted August 11, 2017

As a member of the Summer CORE program at the Ontario Veterinary College this summer, I had the privilege to attend the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Annual Meeting. This meeting is held annually as a way of networking among others in the diagnostic veterinary field. As part of this year’s conference, I had the pleasure of listening to a talk given by Dr. Andrew Peregrine, relating the importance of Echinococcus multilocularis emergence in Ontario.

Campbell Centre Animal Welfare Research Symposium

Posted August 11, 2017

The importance of Animal Welfare Research

10th Annual Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) Research Symposium

Posted August 11, 2017

This summer, I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) Research Symposium, which showcases research conducted at the University of Guelph, designed to examine pertinent issues in animal welfare. 

 

Cancer biology

Posted August 11, 2017

Cancer biology is one of the hottest topics for research in both the veterinary and human medical profession. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to attend the 10th annual ICCI Cancer Research Symposium. The most interesting part of the day for me was hearing the keynote speaker, Dr. William Eward, talk about integrating the veterinary and healthcare field together. He spoke about the ability for research studies performed in one species to be applied across a variety of others as the fundamentals of the science is very similar. Another very interesting talk was given by Dr.

Animals and Humans: fighting the same battle?

Posted August 11, 2017

On May 25th, 2017, I had the opportunity of attending the 2017 ICCI Cancer Research Symposium. It was a privilege to meet with investigators at the forefront of this disease. Many families, including my own, are affected by the change in lifestyle that comes with a family member who’s developed cancer. Cancer treatments can be overwhelming for the individual as well as their supporters. This conference gave me an understanding of how complex cancer is and the limitations of the researchers.

The importance of your network

Posted August 11, 2017

I am participating in the summer CORE program for the second summer in a row. Last summer, while attending CAVEPM as part of CORE, I learned about something called a social network. A social network is a representation of the connections (called 'edges') between people, places or things (called 'nodes'). Social networks can be used for many applications; to simulate how disease could spread through a population, to evaluate the impact of specific interventions (for example, a vaccine), or potentially to understand how information flows through an organization.