Lecture on VHS, a Great Lakes-prevalent Fish Disease
Great Lakes Sustainable Recreational and Commercial Fisheries - Press Release
Dr. Paul Bowser to Kick off Fall Friday Colloquium Series at Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)

Will give lecture on September 9, 2011 at noon on the “Emergence of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia in Fish in the Great Lakes Basin”


Stony Brook, NY, September 6, 2011 - On Friday, September 9, 2011, as part of New York Sea Grant’s 40th Anniversary, NYSG Director Dr. Jim Ammerman is honored to host Dr. Paul Bowser of Cornell University as he kicks off the Fall Friday Colloquium Series with a lecture entitled: “Emergence of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia in Fish in the Great Lakes Basin.” The lecture will take place in Endeavour Hall Room 120 from 12pm to 1pm.


Cornell University researcher Dr. Paul Bowser (right, alongside New York Sea Grant Fisheries Specialist Dave MacNeill)
will discuss VHS, a fish disease that has been found in a wide diversity of species in the Great Lakes Basin, at a lecture at SBU.
Last Fall, Bowser and MacNeill were the recipients of the Sea Grant Association’s “Research to Application Award.”


Dr. Bowser has been a Professor of Aquatic Animal Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University since 1985. His general interests include infectious and non-infectious diseases of fishes and strategies for fish health management. Primary research interests include pathogenesis of retroviral-caused tumors in fish, evaluation of new therapeutic compounds for use in cultured food fishes and management strategies designed to limit disease in intensively cultured fish. Most recently, he has been studying the emergence of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in fish in the Great Lakes Basin. This viral disease has caused significant mortality events in a wide diversity of fish species as well as restrictions on the commercial transport of live fish in the Great Lakes Basin. Through funding by NYSG and other sources, research on the VHS virus by Bowser and the members of the Aquatic Animal Health Program at Cornell has provided detailed information about the virus, its spread, and its impact on Great Lakes fisheries, as well as sensitive detection methods.
    
In October 2010 at a Sea Grant meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Bowser and New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Fisheries Specialist Dave MacNeill were named the recipients of the Sea Grant Association’s first-ever “Research to Application Award” for demonstrating how work on the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV) is being applied and utilized in a non-academic setting.

In addition to teaching courses in fish health on the Cornell campus, Dr. Bowser is a member of the instructional faculty of the AQUAVET Program, an educational program in aquatic animal medicine jointly sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Bowser recently stepped down as Associate Director of AQUAVET, a position he held for 25 years.  He coordinates the efforts of the Aquatic Animal Health Program on the Cornell campus and was also a leading figure in the development of the Marine Animal Disease Laboratory at Stony Brook University.

If you wish to have an appointment with Dr. Bowser before or after the lecture, schedule it via nyseagrant@stonybrook.edu if you haven't already. Time is limited. He will be joining us for New York Sea Grant's 40th Anniversary event at the Long Island Maritime Museum in W. Sayville at 3pm.

For more information about Dr. Bowser’s NYSG-funded research projects, check out our searchable research database and choose his name from the drop down menu (click here)

For more information about Dr. Bowser’s work at the Cornell programs go to:

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