Spotlight Science: Chronic Wasting Disease at the Bell Museum

CAHFS is partnering with the U of M Bell Museum as they host an event about chronic wasting disease, as part of their Spotlight Science event series. Learn more on the Bell Museum website

Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come learn more about chronic wasting disease, the research being done to help combat its spread, and what you can do to help. Event hosts, Peter Larsen and researchers at the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine, are working to develop a rapid field testing device that will quickly detect chronic wasting disease in deer populations.

All activities are free with Bell Museum gallery admission.


11:45 am—What is CWD?

Portrait of Roxanne Larsen

Roxanne Larsen, PhD, assistant professor, UMN College of Veterinary Medicine

Roxanne Larsen has a doctorate in biology and 14 years of teaching experience in anatomy and physiology, and her research has focused on the origin of neurodegenerative diseases. Larsen joined the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018, and was previously a postdoctoral associate and assistant professor at Duke University’s School of Medicine. She is originally from South Dakota, where her family owned a hunting and fishing lodge and she was a regional guide for several types of game, including deer. She has the unique experience of harvesting and processing deer, teaching courses focused on the nervous system, and conducting research.

12:45 pm—CWD: Minnesota Response

Portrait of Lou Cornicelli

Lou Cornicelli, PhD, wildlife research manager, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Lou Cornicelli is the wildlife research manager for the Minnesota DNR with a background in both the biological and social sciences. He supervises Minnesota’s CWD program and has worked on various aspects of CWD surveillance/policy/management for 20 years. Lou completed his doctorate at the University of Minnesota and is an adjunct associate professor in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.

1:45 pm—Next Generation CWD Diagnostics

Portrait of Devender Kumar

Devender Kumar, PhD, post-doctoral associate, UMN College of Veterinary Medicine

Kumar is a research veterinarian with interests in infectious disease diagnosis, control, and treatment. He received BVSc & AH degrees from Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar, India, and his doctorate in veterinary immunology from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute. He is currently working to develop new methods to diagnose chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, and moose.


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Elk Breeders Association

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