K-State honours expert on zoonotic diseases
Kansas State University's Regents Professor Juergen
Richt, has been named a 2008 Kansas Bioscience Eminent Scholar by the Kansas
Richt, an expert in emerging zoonotic diseases, is a veterinary
microbiologist who has worked with multiple agents of zoonotic
Zoonotic diseases can be transmitted between humans and animals
and are a growing concern for public health.
Richt is currently lead scientist at the USDA's National Animal Disease
Center and has worked primarily in two areas: emerging viral diseases of swine
and prion diseases, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
He is being recognised more and morefor his understanding of
avian/swine/human transmission of influenza viruses.
"As a Kansas Bioscience Eminent Scholar I will work diligently to find new
ways to combat the animal diseases that threaten the nation's food supply and
our national and state economy," said Richt.
The Kansas Bioscience Eminent Scholars Program is aimed at attracting
distinguished bioscience researchers to Kansas research institutions, along with
their research and commercialisation activities.
The honour of eminent scholar is quite new. The position comes with around
US$2m in research funding for a period of five years.
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