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Teen Science Cafe: Furry Friend or Perilous Pest? Exploring the Connection Between Wildlife and Human Health

Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 10:00 AM-12:00 PM


FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required. REGISTER HERE

Mosquitos and malaria, chickens and chagas disease, raccoons and rabies, rainfall runoff and waterborne disease, chimpanzees and HIV, colony collapse and bees– we’re all connected, people, animals, the environment.  Learn how scientists track Patient Zero–the case at the center of a disease outbreak; and discover the links between humans, wildlife and environmental health in this teen cafe on One Health, the science that works at the crossroads of human medicine and public health, veterinary medicine and environmental science to improve and defend the health of all species for a healthier planet.  Join us as we reach across disciplines, species and boundaries to solve 21st century health challenges from staph infections in humans and companion animals to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.  It’s your world, learn more about how to protect it in this hands-on teen cafe that explores the rapidly growing field of One Health!

One World – One Medicine – One Health

Between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines–nor should there be.”      
–Rudolf Virchow, MD (father of cellular pathology)

“The One Health initiative offers a trans-disciplinary, holistic approach necessary to solve the 21st century challenges that increasingly threaten wildlife species survival, ecosystem sustainability and public health.”
–Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM, Director, Institute for Conservation Medicine, Saint Louis Zoo

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Kelly Lane-deGraaf is a disease ecologist.  She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Denver, her Master’s degree at Saint Louis University, and her PhD at the University of Notre Dame.  She has worked with black-tailed prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, several species of bats, including Northern long-ears, tri-colored bats, big and little brown bats, and hoary bats, long-tailed macaques and leaf monkeys, African buffalo, and all of their parasites.  Her current work focuses on how human activities drive host and parasite actions in 2 systems – raccoons right here in St. Louis and macaques in Southeast Asia.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at Fontbonne University where she coordinates the Center for One Health.

At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members.


Saturday, March 21, 2015
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
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Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63105 United States
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