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Terry McElwain

Meeting the Global Health Challenge: The Role of Veterinary Medicine

September 1, 2011

Dr. Terry McElwain was instrumental in establishing the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), for which he received the 2006 USDA Administrator’s Award. He served four years as a founding member of the NAHLN steering committee, is currently a member of the NAHLN coordinating council and is co-chair of the NAHLN Methods Technical Working Group. He has also played a key role in the development of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University, a project funded by Paul Allen and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation dedicated to relieving the global health burden through intervention at the animal human interface.

His research interests are in global control of persistent infectious diseases, with an emphasis on tick-borne protozoa. He was an external adviser to the Center for Disease Control for development of the Global Microbial Threats Strategy and has served as an external adviser to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency on diagnostic assay standardization. He is also a representative of  the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians to the World Organization for Animal Health.

In 2009, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

McElwain received his bachelor’s and doctorate of veterinary medicine degrees Kansas State University. He completed an anatomic pathology residency in the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and NIH postdoctoral fellowship in pathology at Washington State University where and was awarded a doctorate in 1986. He is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, executive director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network and Laboratory Response Network for Bioterrorism. He directs WSU’s Animal Health Research Center and is a member of the board of directors for the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. He holds an academic appointment as professor in the School for Global Animal Health and Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.

Dr. McElwain’s visit was co-sponsored by the Niemeyer Visiting Lecture Fund.