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Webinar Series

Welcome to the CPHAZ Webinar Series where we discuss topics related to public health, infectious diseases and infection control, and zoonotic diseases. Each webinar below is open to the public, meaning that you do not have to be affiliated with the University of Guelph to join. All are welcome! To attend this FREE virtual webinar you will have to register by clicking here. Please note that only those who register will receive a Zoom link to join the webinar. Please stay tuned for more detailed information regarding the webinar discussion topics.

Date: Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 at 7 PM

Speaker: Dr. Scott Weese

Webinar Title: COVID-19 and animals: what do we know and why do we care?

Dr. Scott Weese is a veterinary internal medicine specialist with a focus on infectious diseases. In his roles as CPHAZ Director, a Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College and Chief of Infection Control for the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre, Scott focuses on a range of infectious disease issues of animals and humans, including antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, emerging infectious diseases and infection control. He also writes and speaks extensively about infectious (and often zoonotic) diseases, particularly on Worms And Germs Blog.

Webinar Discussion Topic: As with most emerging diseases, SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, originated in animals. While it is a human-driven pandemic, transmission back to animals (and spillback from animals to people) can occur. Why does this matter (or does it matter)? Should we pay attention to COVID-19 in animals? Could animals play a role in some human infections, creation of new variants or impact the ultimate outcome of this pandemic? What lessons have we learned for the next inevitable emerging infectious disease? This talk will provide an overview of SARS-CoV-2 in animals, and the potential human and animal impacts.


Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7 PM

Speaker: Dr. Katie Clow

Dr. Katie Clow is an Assistant Professor in One Health in the Department of Population Medicine. Dr. Clow’s research focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne zoonoses. I apply a One Health approach, working collaboratively at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health.​


Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2022 at 7 PM

Speakers: Dr. Zvonimir Poljak and Dr. Sheila Keay

Webinar Title: Influenza and animals: Tangoing for millennia

Dr. Zvonimir Poljak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine. His research focuses on infectious diseases of production animals, with primary focus on swine health, viral diseases, emerging diseases and zoonoses. 

Dr. Sheila Keay is Dr. Poljak’s PhD student investigating why it is so hard for veterinarians in the field to stay current.  Her research focuses on knowledge translation and influenza vaccines in swine. Prior to this she worked in the swine industry in Canada and abroad.


Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2022 at 7 PM

Speaker: Dr. Heather Murphy

Dr. Heather Murphy recently joined the department of Pathobiology in September 2020 as a Canada Research Chair in One Health. She is an environmental engineer by training and has over 16 years of experience working in developed and developing countries on waterborne diseases. After her doctoral degree, she left academia and worked for UNICEF and the Public Health Agency of Canada before joining Temple University in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in their College of Public Health.

If you have any questions, please contact us at cphaz@uoguelph.ca.