Coppoc One Health Lecture Series

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Coppoc One Health Lecture!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 4:30PM in Lynn Hall Room 1136

You won't want to miss the 2016 lecture featuring James M. Hughes, MD, FIDSA. Dr. Hughes will speak on Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance: Importance of a One Health Approach.

Abstract: "Antimicrobial resistance is an urgent, complex, multifaceted national and global challenge for medical, veterinary, research, pharmaceutical, and public health professionals.  This presentation will provide a historical perspective, review factors contributing to the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance, highlight the resistant organisms of greatest concern, and discuss some illustrative examples.  The importance of a collaborative, interdisciplinary strategy involving human health, animal health, and environmental health professionals will be emphasized, and research priorities will be identified."

Coppoc One Health Lecture Brings Duke Scholar to Lynn Hall


The second annual Coppoc One Health Lecture gave faculty, staff, students and other guests a chance to hear from Duke University Professor Gregory Gray, who spoke about novel influenza viruses, which can cause disease outbreaks in both animals and humans. The lecture, held in Lynn Hall Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., drew a crowd of about 60.

Speaking on the topic "Modern Livestock Production and Novel Influenza Virus Generation: Are the Benefits Worth the Risk?", Dr. Gray stressed the importance of taking a "one-health" approach in addressing emerging infectious diseases. At Duke, Dr. Gray has affiliations with the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine, Duke Global Health Institute and Duke Nicholas School of the Environment. His research involves identifying risk factors for occupational diseases, particularly infectious diseases. Noting that veterinary professionals are not being thought of as players in planning for dealing with pandemic influenza, Dr. Gray said it will take young people reaching across fences between disciplines, to effect change in the way these "wicked" disease problems are addressed. He encouraged veterinary students to not be afraid to propose ideas. "Do whatever you can to move things forward," he said.

The lecture was followed by a reception in the Continuum Café. The Coppoc One Health Lecture honors Dr. Gordon Coppoc, Purdue professor emeritus of veterinary pharmacology, and his wife, Harriet. A longtime Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty member and former head of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Dr. Coppoc also served as director of the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette and associate dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine before retiring in December 2014.

Click to Watch the Coppoc One Health Lecture by Dr. Gregory Gray

Dr. Gregory Gray, accompanied by Gordon and Harriet Coppoc, is introduced to lecture atendee Philip Gundlach, a local high school student who is training to be an EMT, and his mother and Purdue continuing lecturer in statistics, Ellen Gundlach, at the reception that followed the Coppoc One Health Lecture

Coppoc One Health Lecture speaker Gregory Gray (center) with (left-right) Harriet and Gordon Coppoc, Dean Willie Reed, and PVM Associate Dean for Research Harm HogenEsch

NIH Researcher Helps Inaugurate Coppoc One Health Lecture


Dr. Elaine Ostrander joins State Representative Sheila Klinker and Dr. Gordon Coppoc and his wife Harriet after giving the Coppoc One Health Lecture.

A researcher from the National Human Genome Research Institute gave the inaugural Coppoc One Health Lecture last Thursday, November 13 in Lynn Hall. About 70 people came to hear Dr. Elaine Ostrander, a National Institutes of Health distinguished investigator and chief of the Cancer Genetics Branch, who talked about the contributions of research toward human and animal health and well-being. Her studies focus on genetic mapping as it relates to cancer in humans and their canine companions.

The lecture is named in honor of Purdue Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology Gordon Coppoc, and his wife, Harriet. A longtime faculty member and former head of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Dr. Coppoc is director of the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette and associate dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine. The lecture began with opening remarks by Dr. Coppoc, who is retiring at the end of the year. Dr. Coppoc earned his DVM degree at Kansas State University and his PhD at Harvard, and joined the Purdue faculty in 1971. Recalling his early years at Purdue, he remembered that when he was asked how he could teach both veterinary and human pharmacology, he replied, "There's one medicine with different patient populations."

PVM Associate Dean for Research Harm HogenEsch opened the program by thanking Gordon and Harriet for their generosity in establishing an endowment to support the lecture series. The lecture in Lynn 1136 was preceded by a reception in the adjoining hallway. Guests included several IU School of Medicine students as well as PVM faculty, staff and students, and community residents. At the conclusion of the event, attendees autographed the promotional signs for Dr. Coppoc.

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