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 Dr. Patricia Ann Conrad awarded 2017 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Patricia Ann Conrad recipient of its 2017 Lifetime Excellence in Research Award. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contribution to the veterinary or biomedical professions through basic, applied, or clinical research.​

Dr. Conrad, who received the award at the Merial National Institute of Health's National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in Bethesda, Md., was recognized for her outstanding achievements in veterinary parasitology and her contributions to global health.​

"Dr. Conrad has been responsible for a number of remarkable contributions to the fields of protozoology and parasitology," said Dr. Tom Meyer, AVMA president. "Her cutting-edge research and holistic approach has not only impacted veterinary medicine, but has advanced the One Health Community in addressing human, animal and environmental health problems. She is an innovative scientist, inspirational role model and dedicated educator and mentor. I congratulate Dr. Conrad on receiving this well-deserved award and I thank her for the tremendous impact she has had on enhancing our understanding of pathogenesis and her tireless advocacy for global health."​

Dr. Conrad earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Colorado State University and her PhD in protozoology from the University of Edinburgh. She is internationally recognized for her research on veterinary parasitology, specifically on the biology, ecology,and epidemiology of Neospora, Toxoplasma, Babesia and Sarcocystis. Among her many contributions, several include the isolation and discovery of new species, including Babesia conradae, named for her. Her research has also led to the momentous recognitions that Neospora caninum is a major cause of abortion in dairy cattle and that Neospora hughesi causes Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM).​

One of her most significant studies ("Coastal freshwater runoff is a risk factor for Toxoplasma gondii infection of southern sea otters Enhydra lutris nereis"), published in 2002 to international acclaim, was the scientific basis for the passing of a 2007 California law protecting marine mammals and humans from biological contaminants in the marine environment.​

Dr. Conrad currently holds eight U.S. patents and her scholarship is reflected in more than 200 peer-reviewed reports, book chapters and other publications. She is an internationally sought after lecturer and recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, induction into the National Academy of Medicine and election to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.​

Dr. Conrad co-supervised the Clinical Parasitology Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of California-Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for 28 years and was Co-Director of the One Health Center of Expertise, Water, Animals, Food and Society for the UC Global Health Institute, for seven. She is currently Professor of Parasitology at the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and serves as Associate Dean for Global Programs.​

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