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College Research Day

Advances in Veterinary Medicine Research Day

Research Day 2022 will be VIRTUAL!

April 7, 2022


  • March 7: Abstracts due
  • March 28:  PowerPoints due
  • April 4-6: Judging of PowerPoints takes place

Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day showcases the research and scholarship accomplishments of veterinary students, residents, graduate students and faculty in the college. It brings the college community together to learn about exciting research being carried out by colleagues. Travel grants are awarded to the best student poster presentations in each of the five areas of study: immunology and infectious diseases, molecular and cellular biology, structure and function, clinical research, and epidemiology and applied research. The awards help students fund their travel to a national or international scientific meeting to present their research.

This year's faculty chair is Dr. Vanessa Hale, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

April 7, 2022

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Keynote Address via zoom "1999 - West Nile Virus - A perfect Example of the need for a One Health Approach; 2020 - COVID-19 - A perfect Example of the need for a One Health Approach"
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Speaker meets with Faculty
  •  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Speaker meets with Students and Postdocs
  • Contact Michele Morscher ( for the zoom link


This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Tracey McNamara, veterinary pathologist and professor, College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. McNamara specializes in the recognition and understanding of the diseases of captive and free-ranging wildlife, and is best known for her work on the discovery of the West Nile virus in 1999. In 2004, she worked on DTRA’s “Integrated Biosurveillance for Zoonotic Threats” program in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Georgia. She served as lead on a project with Russian colleagues on the “Human-Animal Interface: Improving Biological Threat Detection and Surveillance in Russia” by the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Global Health and Biosecurity program in Wash. DC. Dr McNamara served as a consultant to the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee (NBAS) from 2008-2009 and continues to be actively involved in the development of the Nation’s biosurveillance strategy. She recently gave a TEDxUCLA talk entitled “Canaries in the Coalmine” about continued gaps in biosurveillance for emerging biological threats. Dr. McNamara is a founding member of the Global Health Security Alliance (GloHSA) working with German/US military, the United Nations, medical intelligence and security sectors. She chaired a panel on “Disease X” at the World Health Summit, Berlin, 2018. She helped organize a meeting at the Salzburg Global Seminar on One Health Metrics in November 2019 and is a Salzburg Fellow. She is actively involved in the One Health movement and advocates for a species neutral approach to the detection of pandemic threats. Most recently, she was asked to be a member of the “Red Dawn Breaking Team” on COVID-19, a group of experts advising the Asst Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) of the United States.

2022 Book of Abstracts

Submitting an Abstract

Please review these instructions before attempting to submit your abstract. Everyone who plans to participate in this year's event, must complete an abstract submission form.

  1. Review the required format.
  2. Create your abstract in the required format using any word processing program.
  3. Please complete the Abstract Submission Form.  Fillable PDF or Word document
  4. When the form is complete, please attach it along with your abstract in an email and send it to Michele Morscher at
  5. BEFORE you email your abstract to Michele, please make sure that you have it in the correct format and within the 300 word limit.
  6. Abstracts are due March 7, 2022

Submitting a Powerpoint 

1. Review the required format.
2. Create and record your powerpoint.
3. When complete, upload into the designated Box (an invite will be sent after submission of your abstract).
4. Powerpoints are due March 28, 2022


Contact Information

If you have any questions:

Michele Morscher
Veterinary Medicine Administration
127L VMAB, 1900 Coffey Rd.
Columbus, Oh 43210