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    Keynote Speaker – March 20, 8:30-9:15 AM

    Craig-FranklinCraig L. Franklin, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
    Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine; Director, Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center; Director, Comparative Medicine Program; Director, Veterinary Research Scholars Program, University of Missouri

    Craig L. Franklin, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, is a professor of veterinary pathobiology at the University of Missouri. In addition, Dr. Franklin directs the Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center, a National Institutes of Health-funded repository of genetically engineered mutant mice; the Comparative Medicine Program, a post-DVM laboratory animal medicine residency and advanced degree program; and the Veterinary Research Scholars Program, a summer research program for veterinary students.  He is also an associate director of the University of Missouri Metagenomics Laboratory and is a co-investigator for the Rat Resource and Research Center. He has over 25 years of experience in rodent disease models and diagnostics with an emphasis on infectious and intestinal diseases. His current research home, the Comparative Metagenomics Laboratory, studies environmental variables that may modulate rodent microbiota, the impact of differing microbiota on rodent model phenotypes (e.g., inflammatory and neoplastic diseases of the intestine), and methods to practically manipulate and control complex microbiota to optimize model reproducibility. He also performs collaborative studies involving numerous rodent and domestic species models of disease. He has authored or co-authored over 110 manuscripts and book chapters, given approximately 60 invited presentations, and contributed to over 170 posters or seminar presentations at regional or national scientific conferences. Dr. Franklin attended the University of Missouri, where he received his DVM and PhD.


    Henry Spira Memorial Lecture – March 20, 2:00-2:45 PM

    William-WhiteWilliam J. White, VMD, MS, DACLAM, Dip. ECLAM
    Corporate Vice President, Veterinary and Professional Services, Charles River (retired)

    William J. White, VMD, MS, DACLAM, Dip. ECLAM, was the corporate vice president of Veterinary and Professional Services at Charles River (retired 2016). Prior to joining Charles River, Dr. White was a tenured associate professor of comparative medicine of the College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center where he conducted basic research in a number of areas involving the effects of environmental variables on laboratory animals and laboratory animal anesthesia. He joined Charles River in 1988 as the director of Professional Services, and subsequently held a number of positions including, most recently, corporate vice president for Veterinary and Professional Services. In that capacity, he oversaw the corporation’s world-wide diagnostic and professional services activities, as well as its corporate biosecurity program. While at Charles River he lead corporate research programs in environmental factors influencing animal performance, as well as other areas involving the care and use of animals in a research environment and rodent production. Dr. White has served as a consultant to numerous institutions, organizations, government agencies, and countries on the design and operation of animal healthcare programs and biosecurity for animal facilities. He has authored or coauthored over 80 peer-reviewed research articles or book chapters. Dr. White has had an ongoing interest in the welfare and safety of laboratory animals and in optimizing the environmental conditions under which they are maintained. He is a member of the Animal Care Team of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Live Animals and Perishables Board that provides standards for the transportation of over 7000 species of animals. He has played the lead role in the development of the new container standards for laboratory animals, as well as in the development of the “Life Science Logistics for Laboratory Animals” chapter in the IATA LiveAnimals Regulations Manual.  Dr. White served on the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) committee that developed the 1996 Laboratory Animal Management Guide for Rodents, and on the ILAR committee that developed the 1996 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. He co-edited the first edition of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) text on anesthesia and analgesia in laboratory animals, and has been a member of the editorial board of the journal Comparative Medicine. Dr. White received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania (1970); his MS in laboratory animal medicine from The Pennsylvania State University (1972); and his BS from The Pennsylvania State University (1966). Dr. White is a diplomate of ACLAM and the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He was a past president of ACLAM and the International Association of Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine.


    Keynote Speaker – March 21, 8:15-9:00 AM

    Elaine-FaustmanElaine M. Faustman, PhD
    Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Director, Institute of Risk Analysis and Risk Communication, University of Washington

    Elaine M. Faustman, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and director of the Institute of Risk Analysis and Risk Communication at the University of Washington. Dr. Faustman directs the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-funded Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research. She previously directed the National Science Foundation/NIEHS-funded Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)-funded Pacific Northwest Center for the National Children’s Study. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Risk Analysis. She served on the EPA Science Advisory Board, as chair for the National Academies of Science Committee on Developmental Toxicology, and as a member for the NIEHS-National Toxicology Program (NTP) Committee on Alternative Toxicology Methods. Previously, she served on the NIEHS-NTP Board of Scientific Counselors, National Research Council Committee on Toxicology, and the Institute of Medicine Upper Reference Levels Nutrient Subcommittee of the Food and Nutrition Board. She served on the executive boards of the Society of Toxicology, the Teratology Society, and NIEHS Council. She just completed her role as Secretary General for the International Union of Toxicology. Her research includes development of decision-analytic tools for communicating new scientific findings for risk assessment and management decisions. She is interested in molecular and cellular mechanisms of developmental, reproductive, and neuro toxicants, characterizing in vitro techniques for developmental toxicology assessment, and development of biologically based dose-response models for noncancer risk assessment. She has published over 200 peer reviewed research publications and technical reports. Dr. Faustman’s recent research efforts include her leadership as principal investigator for the EPA Predictive Toxicology Center, and her work with the NICHD Health Measurement Network Environmental Domain Working Group and Lifecourse Health Sciences Working Group. Dr. Faustman earned her PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from Michigan State University.