2004 Research Symposium examines obesity issue

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 11, 2004 – Obesity is just one of many health problems that plague both people and pets.

The health risks obesity poses to each will be examined during a special seminar that kicks off the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's 16th annual research symposium June 17-18 in VMRCVM Room 102 on the Virginia Tech campus.

Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Virginia Tech Graduate School Dean Karen Depauw will present a keynote address entitled "Transformative Graduate Education" before the special seminar on obesity gets underway at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 17.

Chaired by Dr. Craig Thatcher, professor and head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at VMRCVM, the seminar will feature remarks from a variety of university and guest researchers on June 17. Highlights include:

Following the obesity seminar, the two-day research symposium will continue with the traditional graduate student presentation competition. Eighteen presentations providing glimpses of some of the major research programs underway in the college will be featured.

Graduate students compete in basic and clinical science categories, which are judged by teams of faculty members.

Graduate students and VMRCVM faculty members will make an additional 25 research presentations when the symposium continues on Friday, June 18. An awards luncheon/ceremony will be held at noon on Friday.

For more information about the symposium contact Kirsten Murphie at (540) 231-3528.