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Tuesday, 04 March, 2014

Dr. Joe Kornegay of Texas A&M University to Deliver the AAVMC’s Recognition Lecture

Dr. Joe Kornegay, who will deliver the AAVMC's
Recognition Lecture.

Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014 – Dr. Joe Kornegay, a professor of neuroscience in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University (TAMU), has been chosen to deliver the 2014 Recognition Lecture at the AAVMC Annual Conference in Alexandria, Va., at noon on Saturday, March 15.


The Recognition Lecture is an annual honor given by the AAVMC to an individual whose leadership and vision has made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession.


The conference, on “One Health in Veterinary Medicine,” is dedicated to the concept that all medicine is inter-related and that veterinary medicine is poised to play a prominent role at the intersection of animal, human and environmental health. Dr. Kornegay’s lecture on "One Man's View of One Health" will illustrate this concept by focusing on his research on a canine model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and how this relates to the broader concepts of "One Health" and "One Medicine."


“Dr. Kornegay is a giant in translational research who has conducted pioneering and enduring work in the study of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and epilepsy,” said Dr. Kent Hoblet, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University and president of the AAVMC. “His visionary outreach and discipline-spanning scope make him an eminently qualified honoree to present the annual Recognition Lecture at our One-Health Focused event.”


“Dr. Kornegay’s well-funded research is at the forefront of a revolution in biomedical sciences in which purebred dog populations are ideal subjects for identifying specific genes associated with diseases that affect both dogs and humans, such as cancer, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, and heart disease,” wrote Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at TAMU. Dr. Green, who nominated Dr. Kornegay to deliver the lecture, praised him as a leader for the advancement of translational medicine who has developed a number of collaborations with Schools of Medicine, and who has “worked to highlight the inextricable link between human and animal health and between human and animal medicine.”


After receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Texas A&M University in 1973, Dr. Kornegay spent three years in private practice in Ohio and Texas, followed by six years in residency (neurology and pathology) and graduate (master’s and doctoral) training at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completion of this training, he served on the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University before moving to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, where he served as dean from 1998-2006.


Before coming to TAMU in 2012, Dr. Kornegay served as a tenured professor in the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Neurology, and investigator in the Gene Therapy Center, School of Medicine, at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Past lecturers have included former deans, federal government officials, researchers, and academicians.


“The list of recipients of the AAVMC Recognition Lecture reads like a who's who of veterinary medicine,” wrote Dr. Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, professor and head of the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences. “I have had the honor of knowing some of the individuals on this list, and I am confident that Dr. Joe Kornegay would bring additional honor to an already distinguished company.”


To hear Dr. Kornegay’s lecture and join colleagues or other stakeholders in academic veterinary medicine, sign up for the AAVMC’s 2014 Annual Conference at  

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include 35 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, thirteen international colleges of veterinary medicine, and six affiliate colleges of veterinary medicine:

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