Keynote Speakers

Thursday, March 19

Darin CarrollDarin Carroll, PhD
Acting Branch Chief, Poxvirus and Rabies Branch, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Darin Carroll, MS, PhD, is the unit lead of  the disease, ecology/laboratory animal studies in the division of high consequence pathogens and pathology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. His primary area of interest is the ecology and evolution of zoonotic diseases with mammalian hosts. He has participated in disease outbreak and surveillance investigations of Arenaviruses, Hantaviruses, Ebola, Monkeypox, and Nipah virus. His research emphasis is on increasing the knowledge of the ecology and evolution of viral zoonoses and their associated hosts in order to better predict outbreaks and identify means of decreasing human exposure risks. Dr. Carroll earned his PhD in Biology from Texas Tech University.

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 David MeyerholzDavid K. Meyerholz, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVM
Director, Division of Comparative Pathology; Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

David K. Meyerholz, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVM, is a boarded veterinary pathologist and microbiologist (virologist) who serves as director of the division of comparative pathology and associate professor in the department of pathology at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. His scientific interests are centered on lung diseases, especially that of cystic fibrosis. He has served as lead pathologist and key investigator in the study of novel cystic fibrosis animal models that were developed at the University of Iowa over the past eight years. He has over 100 papers published, including in the leading translational journals (e.g., Nature Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, etc.), and recently co-authored a review on the development of early cystic fibrosis lung disease in The New England Journal of Medicine. He is particularly interested in phenotypic analyses and pathologic studies on the cystic fibrosis model tissues, and translating these findings to understand the human condition.  

Friday, March 20

Frans de WaalFrans B. M. de Waal, PhD
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior, Psychology Department, Emory University; Director, Living Links Center, Yerkes National Primate Center

Frans B. M. de Waal, PhD, is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. He is the C. H. Candler Professor in the psychology department of Emory University, and the director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Center in Atlanta, GA. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982), compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. Dr. de Waal’s scientific work has been published in hundreds of technical articles in journals such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, as well as outlets specialized in animal behavior. His popular books have been translated into many languages, making him one of the world's most visible primatologists. His most recent books include: The Age of Empathy (Harmony, 2009) and The Bonobo and the Atheist (Norton, 2013). Dr. de Waal has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was selected by Time as one of "The Worlds’ 100 Most Influential People Today," and, in 2011, was selected by Discover as among "47 (all time) Great Minds of Science." PRIM&R is pleased to welcome Professor de Waal to the 2015 IACUC Conference as the presenter of the Henry Spira Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 20 from 8:15 to 9:00 AM.