Seminars & Workshops
Bile Acids and Spore Germination: A Novel Approach to Blocking Clostridium Difficile Infection

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe the burden of C. difficile disease
  • List the risk factors for infection
  • Explain the role of spore formation and germination in the initiation and spread of C. difficile infection
  • Discuss the contribution of the microbiota to bile acid profiles of health and antibiotic-treated patients
  • Describe the use of non-antibiotic anti-infective agents to prevent and treat infection.

Taught by: Abraham L. Sonenshein, PhD and Yoav Golan, MD, MS.

Seminars & Workshops
Exploiting the Molecular Signatures of Disease: Case Studies in Bench-to-Bedside Research

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • State how you can use biomarkers to classify disease states
  • Discuss the design and application of diagnostic sensors
  • Describe the correlation between the structure, function, and target of therapeutic agents
  • Explain how ultra trace technology is used for ‘omic’ analysis.

Taught by: Graham B. Jones, PhD, DSc.

Seminars & Workshops
Spontaneous Animal Models in Translational Research: From Cardiac Cachexia to Obesity

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe how spontaneous animal models are used in researching human diseases (ie, heart failure, cancer, and obesity)
  • Explain the pros and cons of studying the common spontaneously-occurring diseases that companion animals develop
  • Discuss research being conducted on nutritional modulation of cardiac disease
  • Identify the similarities and differences between cardiac disease in people, dogs, and cats
  • Explain the similarities and differences between human and pet obesity, and how the study of one can benefit the other.

Taught by: Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN.