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Biomedical workshop to focus on livestock and domestic model contribution     Send a link to a friend

[OCT. 11, 2004]  URBANA -- Two nationally known University of Illinois researchers will be speakers at an Oct. 29-31 conference at Michigan State University focusing on use of livestock species as biomedical models. Janice Bahr and Harris Lewin, both in the Department of Animal Sciences, will be among several leading researchers making presentations.

The workshop seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between scientists and federal administrators who oversee funding of agricultural and biomedical research.

"The workshop will also emphasize the scientific importance of domestic species as biomedical models that contribute to human and animal health and well-being and animal agriculture," said Bahr, a professor of reproductive physiology. "It will seek to identify high-priority research areas that could be advanced by using domestic animals as biomedical models in research in reproduction, nutrition, immunity and genomics."

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Lewin is the head of the U of I's Institute of Genomic Biology. Genomics and advanced technology is one of the topics on the agenda. Other topics are reproductive physiology and developmental biology, nutrition, and health and disease.

More information about the workshop is available online at

Sponsors include Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, the USDA and the National Institute of Health.

[University of Illinois news release]

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