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Pathogens Webinar | Bovine Leukemia Virus: Research Findings for Better Herd Health and Management

14 Jan 2022, 16:00 (CET)

Bovine Leukemia Virus BLV, Genetic Resistance, Diagnostics, Immune Response, Immune System, Phylodynamics
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6th Pathogens Webinar

Bovine Leukemia Virus: Research Findings for Better Herd Health and Management

We are excited to invite you to attend the webinar, “Bovine Leukemia Virus: Research Findings for Better Herd Health and Management”, on January 14, 2022 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm CET. During the webinar, four expert scientists will share their team’s research results on bovine leukemia virus (BLV). Dr. Scott Wells will provide insights into the phylodynamic approach to a novel BLV diagnostic tool. Mr. Chris Kellogg will discuss how BLV diagnostic outputs may change throughout a lactation cycle of an infected cow. Irregularities of immune cell function caused by BLV will be led by Dr. Paul Coussens, and Dr. Silvina Gutiérrez will provide insights into genetically BLV-resistant cattle as a means to control BLV infections within herds. The webinar will end with a question-and-answer discussion among presenters and participants. We hope you will be able to join us for this informative BLV webinar and discussion.

Date: 14 January 2022

Time: 4:00pm CET | 10:00am EST | 11:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 872 9766 8442

Webinar Secretariat:


Animal Science Department, Michigan State University, Michigan, MI, USA

Dr. Tasia Kendrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Purdue University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. degree in genetics from the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Kendrick completed a post doctorial research program at USDA-ARS-NADC before developing a research program at Michigan State University in 2017. Dr. Kendrick was mentored by Dr. Paul Bartlett, a member of the MSU BLV Research Team, and she began leading the team in 2019. Her research program includes both education and BLV specific research studies. Her BLV research program focuses on effective BLV management, diagnosis, and prevention strategies, as well as dissemination of results to the community.

Invited Speakers

Professor, Dept. of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, USA

Dr. Scott Wells is a board-certified veterinary epidemiologist in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Wells received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 1984 and worked for several years as a dairy practitioner in a Wisconsin veterinary practice. After leaving the practice, he earned his Ph.D. in Veterinary Population Medicine in 1992, and worked for several years as an Analytic Epidemiologist with the Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services, prior to moving to the University of Minnesota. His research interests involve use of analytic epidemiologic methods for surveillance, prevention, and control of infectious pathogens of cattle and other food animals in the US and other countries.

Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, USA

Christopher is a Ph.D. student currently working to determine the impact that Bovine Leukemia Virus is having on predisposing dairy cattle to other common dairy production diseases in naturally infected commercial dairy cattle.

Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Coussens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and mathematics from Northern Michigan University, a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Maine at Orono, and a Ph.D. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Coussens is a full Professor at Michigan State University where he has conducted research on a number of zoonotic viruses and bacteria over the past 36 years. Dr. Coussens has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and symposia papers, presented over 250 abstracts and invited talks, and is a named inventor on 13 US patents.

Centro de Investigación Veterinaria de Tandil (CIVETAN), CONICET,
Department of Animal Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Silvina Gutiérrez obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Animal Science in 2005 at the Universidad Nacional del Centro de la provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since attaining her degrees, she has been working mainly in the BLV group mentored by Dr. Jorge Ferrer (New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Eduardo Esteban. Dr. Gutiérrez has worked on basic research: host soluble factors regulating the expression of BLV and association of host genetics with BLV proviral load. Dr. Gutiérrez is an adjunct researcher at CIVETAN (Veterinary Research Center in Tandil) and Professor of Immunology in charge of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University.

Webinar Content

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Time in CET

Chair Dr. Tasia M. Kendrick

Overview of Bovine Leukemia Virus and Webinar Outline

4:00 - 4:10 pm CET

(10:00 - 10:10 am EST)

Dr. Scott J. Wells

Application of Novel Diagnostics and Phylodynamics to Address Control of Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV) In Dairy Cattle

4:10 - 4:40 pm CET

(10:10 - 10:40 am EST)

Mr. Christopher Kellogg

Bovine Leukemia Virus Diagnostic Parameter Changes Over a Lactation Cycle in Naturally Infected Dairy Cattle

4:40 - 5:10 pm CET

(10:40 - 11:10 am EST)

Dr. Paul M. Coussens

Bovine Leukemia Virus Interference With Immune Cell Function

5:10 - 5:40 pm CET

(11:10 - 11:40 1m EST)

Dr. Silvina Elena Gutiérrez

Genetically Resistant Cattle With Low Proviral Load: Their Potential to Control BLV in Highly Infected Herds

5:40 - 6:10 pm CET

(11:40 am - 12:10 pm EST)

Q&A Session

6:10 - 6:30 pm CET

(12:10 - 12:30 pm EST)

Chair Dr. Tasia M. Kendrick

Closing of webinar

6:30 - 6:35 pm CET

(12:20 - 12:35 pm EST)

Relevant SI

Bovine Leukemia Virus Infection
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Paul C. Bartlett
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021)

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