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Zoobiquity Colorado: Connecting Human and Animal Health through Regenerative Medicine

This conference aims to uncover the astonishing connection between human and animal health by highlighting laboratory and clinical research of human and veterinary investigators and fostering future collaboration across disciplines.


  • CSU Showcase featuring tours, demos and presentations at the Veterinary Medical Campus Friday afternoon (bus transportation from Denver to Fort Collins provided)
  • Friday Evening poster session, cocktail reception, and banquet dinner at the CSU Lory Student Center with opening remarks by Dr. Mark Stetter, Dr. Sue VandeWoude, and Zoobiquity author Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
  • Full day of case presentations and moderated panel discussion addressing future directions in regenerative medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Keynote presentations by Drs. Frank Barry (Cell Strategies for Arthritic Disease) and Johnny Huard (Stem Cells and Aging)
  • Over 10 hours of veterinary continuing education provided, RACE approval pending
  • Registration: $350 for professionals, $75 for students and post-doctoral fellows & residents. Online registration closes Oct. 1. On-site registration will be available on Oct. 5-6 at an increased cost of $400 for professional attendees or $100 for students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Contact: Aimee Oke, CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, (970) 491-7053,
  • If additional assistance is needed, please contact Ryan Plekan at (303) 365-1234


Registration for Zoobiquity Colorado is now closed.

Zoobiquity Poster Showcase

We are soliciting posters focused on regenerative medicine from faculty and students for the Oct. 5, Friday evening cocktail reception and banquet.

  • To be considered, submit an author list, poster title and a one (1) sentence description of the content being presented to Aimee Oke at by Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. MT.
  • Between 10-15 posters will be selected for display.
  • Selections will be made by Friday, Sept. 21 and notifications will be sent by 5 p.m. MT.
  • Selected posters should be no larger than 48″ x 36″. A display board will be provided.
  • Posters must be hung by 4:30 p.m. and taken down by 8 p.m. the same evening.
  • The poster showcase will take place from 5:15-6 p.m.

Keynote Speakers

Frank Barry, PhD

Dr. Frank Barry, international thought leader, will share a current overview of stem research using collaborations between veterinarians and physicians.

Johnny Huard, PhD

Dr. Johnny Huard will discuss the value of stem calls in aging patients.

Paired Speaker Topics

Limb Salvage

As an alternative to amputation of a limb afflicted with cancer, limb preservation has offered support for a decade, but failures are commonplace. The inclusion of stem cells as part of surgical procedures has demonstrated a dramatic improvement in bone healing.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Equine orthopaedics and sports medicine have been revolutionized by stem cell therapies – to the degree that Equine Medical Insurance covers their use. Similar outcomes have been seen in human patients.

Infection Management

As chronic implant and wound infections continue to be a major source of morbidity and mortality in patients, mesenchymal stem cells have demonstrated efficacy in treatment of multiple infectious and inflammatory disease states.


Discussion of current utility and application of immunotherapy and stem cells in the treatment of cancer. Additionally, in veterinary medicine a new generation of cancer vaccines is being developed to target cancer stem cells.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

A rare genetic connective tissue disorder characterized by joint hypermobility, skin hyperextensibility and tissue fragility, which may affect feline subjects, as well as human. How does one identify a satisfactory model for comparative study?

Inflammatory Modulation

Stem cells can be used to suppress abnormal immune responses in inflammatory diseases such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. Practitioners and researchers will present updates on therapeutic approaches and research.

Stem Cell Therapy Regulation

Stem Cell therapies and all regenerative tissue approaches to health care fall under the regulatory purview of the FDA. We will be featuring speakers from both the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and Center for Drug Evaluation at the FDA.

The Future of Regenerative Medicine

A panel of experts will convene to discuss the challenges and promise of stem cell therapeutics with the audience and speakers. Dr. Max Gomez, PhD, noted Moderator (4th International Vatican Conference on Stem Cells); Author of the book “Cells are the New Cure” and leading journalist, and CBS News Medical Correspondent will lead the panel discussion.


9-11: 30 a.m. - Registration at the Hyatt Regency, Aurora

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - Bus loading and box lunch distribution, Hyatt Regency

12-1:45 p.m. - Bus transportation to CSU Veterinary Medical Campus

1:30-3 p.m. - Registration at the Diagnostic Medicine Center Lobby

2-5 p.m. - CSU Showcase on the Veterinary Medical Campus

2-5 p.m. - Tours of the Translational Medicine Institute

2-5 p.m. - Tours of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital

2-5 p.m. - Virtual Animal and Human Anatomy Demonstrations (DMC Lobby)

2-2:50 p.m. - An Equine-to-Human Journey in Musculoskeletal Translational Medicine

Wayne McIlwraith, DVM, PhD
Location: DMC 101

2-2:50 p.m. - Tours/Demonstrations at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center (Session 1)

3-3:50 p.m. - Horses Translating to People

Laurie Goodrich, DVM, PhD
Location: DMC 101

4-4:50 p.m. - Lions, Tigers, Bears and Stem Cells!

Valerie Johnson, DVM
Location: DMC 101

4-4:50 p.m. - Tours/Demonstrations at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center (Session 2)

5-5:15p.m. - Bus transportation to the Lory Student Center

5-6 p.m. - Registration at the Lory Student Center

5:15-6 p.m. - Poster session and Cocktail Reception, Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom

6-7:30 p.m. - Banquet Dinner and Welcome Talk: What in the World is Zoobiquity?

Mark Stetter, DVM, Dean CVMBS
Sue VandeWoude, DVM, Research Associate Dean, CVMBS
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, Author of Zoobiquity

7:30-8 p.m. - Bus loading

8-9:30 p.m. - Bus transportation back to Hyatt Regency, Aurora

6:30-9 a.m. - Registration at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Education 2-South Lobby

6:30-8 a.m. - Continental breakfast, Ed-2 South Lobby

7:45-8 a.m. - Opening Remarks by Chancellor Don Elliman, Jr. and Dennis Roop, PhD

8-8:30 a.m. - Keynote: Cell Strategies for Arthritic Disease

Frank Barry, PhD

8:30-9:20 a.m. - Limb Preservation: Hope for the Toughest Salvage Cases

Nicole Ehrhart, VMD
Jason Stoneback, MD

9:20-10:10 a.m. - The New Frontier of Orthopaedic Surgery: Regenerative Medicine

David Frisbie, DVM, PhD
Karin Payne, PhD

10:10-10:30 a.m. - Morning Break

10:30-11:20 a.m. - Stem Cell Therapies as Adjunctive Treatment for Orthopaedic Infections

Valerie Johnson, DVM
Laura Damioli, MD

11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m. - New Insights into the Treatment of Childhood Cancer Gained from Clinical Trials in Dogs

Steve Dow, DVM, PhD
Terry Fry, MD

12:10-1 p.m. - Lunch

1-1:30 p.m. - Keynote: Stem Cells and Aging

Johnny Huard, PhD

1:30-2:20 p.m. - Advances in Treatment in Ehlers-Danlos: and the Potential Role of Small Animals as a Clinical Model

Dennis Roop, PhD
Jennifer Schissler, DVM

2:20-2:45 p.m. - Taming the Cat: MSC for Inflammatory Diseases in Cats

Tracy Webb, DVM, PhD

2:45-3:10 p.m. - Manufacturing for Cutting Edge Research: Bridging the Lab to the Clinic

Ryan Crisman, PhD

3:10-3:30 p.m. - Afternoon Break

3:30-4:20 p.m. - Word from the Government: Regulation of Stem Cell Therapeutics Featuring FDA Speakers

Wei Liang, PhD
Lynne Boxer, DVM

4:20-5:10 p.m. - The Future of Regenerative Medicine

Panel discussion moderated by CBS News Medical Correspondent Max Gomez, PhD

5:15-7 p.m. - Cocktail Reception, Hyatt Regency, Aurora