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Roundtable Video Transcript

Veterinary and human microbiology integration

Audience Member: The monkeypox mention brings up the integrative value of Marshfield. The veterinary labs that...I'm just wondering what place you see that having in the whole...the ease of integration in Marshfield is so much greater than you see in New York City or other locations, and I think that's one of our greatest strengths, but I'm curious where you think the veterinary labs...?

Moderator: Dr. Meece?

Jennifer Meece: Well, the beauty of it is that veterinary microbiology occurs alongside human microbiology, so they're already integrated on the bench top and though the vet lab...some components will stay where they are...the microbiology side of it will be moving with the human testing, so we'll continue to maintain that relationship.

It's amazing what comes off the vet bench. I think some of the technicians fight to work that bench because it's always so new and interesting, so...

Humberto Vidaillet, M.D.: One of the research studies being done by scientists in the National Farm Medicine Center, for example, with the increased use of pesticide, the whole issue of soil pathogens, water pathogens. There's a very exciting study that Dr. Mark Borchardt is doing-the water study-which involves 14 communities in the state of Wisconsin, looking at the value of ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light doesn't make water different or taste different, but kills a lot of bugs, fortunately. So, we'll see if that makes a difference.

The impact of animals, both the ones we live close to, and some of the testing we do is important...I think emerging infectious diseases is an area where we have great, great strength and can make a big difference.

Jennifer Meece: I think, too, that there's a component of emerging infectious diseases that will be moving into the other building, but we have EID research in NFMC as well, and we're hoping to continue collaborating with those groups. There's a new scientist in that center and he's doing some really exciting work as well, so we have spatterings of EID research all over the place, not just housed together. The core group will be moving over to the new building with the new human microbiology laboratory but we have connections throughout the other centers as well. Dr. Belongia's work in epidemiology - he's an infectious disease epidemiologist - so again, EID research is really spattered throughout the Research Foundation and the Marshfield Clinic.

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