American Scientist’s Pizza Lunch Speaker Series, October 30th

We hope you can join us from noon until around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, for the next installment of American Scientist’s Pizza Lunch speaker series, when we’ll focus on Bartonella bacteria.

For next week’s talk, we’re very pleased to welcome Edward Breitschwerdt as our speaker. Dr. Breitschwerdt is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). He directs the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory in the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at NC State University.  He also co-directs the Vector Borne Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory and is the director of the NCSU-CVM Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory. Dr. Breitschwerdt has served as president of the Specialty of Internal Medicine and as chair of the ACVIM Board of Regents, and he was a founding member of the ACVIM Foundation. His clinical interests include infectious diseases, immunology, and nephrology.  For over 20 years, his research has emphasized vector-transmitted, intracellular pathogens.  Most recently, he has contributed to cutting-edge research in the areas of animal and human bartonellosis. This year he received the Holladay Medal, the highest award bestowed on a faculty member at North Carolina State University.

Here’s an abstract of Dr. Breitschwerdt’s talk:

Bartonellosis: A One-Health Perspective on an Emerging Infectious Disease

Although the history of bartonellosis in North America spans only two decades, information related to this persistent intravascular fastidious bacterial infection is rapidly changing medical paradigms. This talk will focus on the medical importance of the genus Bartonella as an emerging cause of animal and human disease.

Thanks to a grant from the N.C. Biotechnology Center, American Scientist’s noontime Pizza Lunch speaker series is free and open to science journalists and science communicators of all stripes, as well as any interested member of the public. Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might want to attend.

Please note: RSVPs are required (for slice count and room setup) to dtimblin@sigmaxi.org by Monday, October 28.

Directions to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in RTP are here: http://www.sigmaxi.org/about/center/directions.shtml.

Also, don’t forget to save the date for the November pizza lunch. We hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday, November 13, when Dr. Yi Lu of the University of Illinois will present a lecture on DNA nanotechnology.

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