Dr. Christopher-Hennings is the Head and Director of the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department (VBSD)/Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL). Her expertise is in the diagnosis and pathogenesis of viral diseases of swine. Her research at SDSU started in 1990 where she worked on the initial characterization of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Virus, performed C-sections for obtaining gnotobiotic pigs to confirm Koch’s postulates in identifying the cause of the disease and developed one of the first PCR based tests that was used in describing the pathogenesis and identification of PRRSV in boars and semen. Her current research involves the development of new diagnostic tests and evaluating the detection, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of PRRSV, Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), influenza and other viral diseases of swine. She received her BS and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a DVM from the University of Minnesota. She was in private veterinary practice for 6 years and conducted research studies during a post-doctoral position at SDSU.
克里斯托弗 – 汉宁斯博士是南达科塔州立大学兽医和生物医学科学系/动物疾病研究系主任和诊断实验室主任。她的专长是猪的病毒性疾病的诊断和发病机制。她在南达科塔州立大学的研究始于1990年，包括最初对猪繁殖与呼吸综合征病毒的特性研究，通过剖腹产获得无菌猪，来确认柯赫关于病因鉴定的假设， 开发了第一个基于PCR的检测方法， 用于公猪和精液中蓝耳病发病机理的描述和蓝耳病毒的鉴定。 她目前的研究涉及到的新的诊断方法的开发和评估，流行病学，发病机制及猪繁殖与呼吸综合征病毒 ，猪流行性腹泻病毒，流感和其它猪病毒性疾病的控制。她从威斯康星-麦迪逊大学获得了学士和硕士学位，在明尼苏达大学或得了兽医学博士学位。她曾从业私人兽医6年，在南达科塔州立大学博士后期间开展研究工作。
Dr. Connor obtained his D.V.M. and completed the Executive Veterinary Program at the University of Illinois. Dr. Connor focuses on disease management and elimination. He is the President of Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. (CVS). Dr. Connor received the Master’s Award from The National Hog Farmer in 2009, the Leman Science in Practice Award in 2004, and American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Swine Practitioner of the Year Award in 1995. In 1992, he was Howard Dunne Memorial Lecturer. In 2008, he was presented the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Illinois and was awarded with the “First” Honorary Member of the Japanese Association of Swine Veterinarians (JASV) in 2008.
University of Minnesota，USA
Dr.Bob Morrison is a Veterinary Professor in the University of Minnesota Swine Group. He is an avid teacher, and conducts applied research and service to the swine industry. One of his responsibilities is program chair for the annual Leman Swine Conference. He is also the host of a popular educational audio series called "At the Meeting". Bob is involved in a family owned swine farm with 3,000 sows in western Minnesota. He consults with small regional swine farms and large integrated systems in the United States and around the world. This broad experience in conjunction with his business training gives him the ability to combine applied science with the business aspects of pork production.
莫瑞森博士是明尼苏达大学养猪小组的兽医教授。他热心教学，并从事养猪行业的应用研究和服务。他的职责之一是作为一年一度的里曼养猪大会的项目主席。他还是知名网络教育系统“ At the meeting” 的主持人。鲍勃还参与一个位于明尼苏达西部，有3000头母猪的自家拥有猪场的管理。他为美国及世界范围小型和大型猪场提供咨询。鲍勃既有养猪方面的经验，又有商业教育背景，集养猪生产应用科学和商业管理于一身。
Dr. Murtaugh is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. His research goal is to understand pig immune responses to infection; how immune responses are produced, mechanisms of protection, impact of variation in host and pathogen on efficacy of herd protection with a focus on important swine pathogens, especially PRRSV, PCV2 and PEDV. He was the director of the PRRS Coordinated Agricultural Project, the first USDA program project, from 2004 to 2008 and has lectured extensively on PRRS immunology, vaccinology, and diagnostics throughout the world. Recently his lab has initiated a similar program to elucidate the immunological interaction of swine with porcine circoviruses, and has contributed to annotation of immune response genes in the porcine genome. Dr. Murtaugh’s many contributions have been recognized through the CVM Pfizer Award for Research Excellence (four times) and the University of Minnesota Inventor Recognition Award in 2005, a University Innovations Award in 2011, and the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference Pijoan Lectureship in 2008. He received Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award, 2012, American Association of Immunologists and American Association of Veterinary Immunologists.
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Mark Schwartz is Director of Production Systems with Schwartz Farms in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Schwartz Farms is a family owned pork and grain production company with over 200 employees and 125 independent contractors in the Midwest of the United States. Mr. Schwartz's responsibilities in his role include health maintenance and enhancement, biosecurity systems development and monitoring, employee and management training and education, genetic program management, breeding herd filtration and operational management of the 32,000 sows at eight breeding farms, as well as health monitoring with the weaning through finishing department and veterinary staff.Prior to joining Schwartz Farms, Mr. Schwartz was with Swift Independent Packing Company procurement division and farmers Commodity Corporation as a risk management analyst. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science from the University of Minnesota.马克·施瓦茨 是位于美国明尼苏达州斯里皮埃的施瓦茨农场的生产系统总监，施瓦茨农场是一个生猪和谷物生产的家族企业，在美国中西部的有200多名员工和125个独立承包商。施瓦茨先生的职责包括保证和提高健康，生物安全系统的开发和监控，员工和管理层培训和教育，品种管理，八个繁育场32,000头母猪种猪群的过滤和运营，以及与断奶到育肥部门和兽医一同对健康的监控。在加入施瓦茨农场之前，施瓦茨先生曾是斯威夫特独立分装公司采购部门和农用品公司的风险管理分析师。他曾就读于明尼苏达大学农业经济和动物科学专业获得学士学位。
Dr. Bob Thaler currently serves as Professor and Extension Swine Specialist at South Dakota State University. He joined the faculty at SDSU in 1988 after completing his PhD at Kansas State University in Swine Nutrition. Areas of research interest include alternate feedstuffs for swine, nutritional & structural strategies to reduce odor, and applied technologies to improve producer profitability. Some of the committees that Thaler serves on include the Executive Committee of the National Swine Nutrition Guide, the National Pork Board’s Producer Education Executive Committee, and the American Society of Animal Science’s national Extension Committee. Past positions held at SDSU include Animal Science Department Head, Program Leader - Ag & Natural Resources, and Assistant Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Thaler has made over 30 consulting trips to China since 1993, and has also consulted extensively in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.