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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.


  • Half-day field trip to Fort Collins with tours and presentations at the CSU campus
  • Full day of scientific presentations and panel discussions at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Meals and busing between campuses will be provided
  • Registration: $350 for professionals, $75 for students
  • Contact: Aimee Oke, CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, (970) 491-7053,


Registration for Zoobiquity Colorado, Oct. 5-6, 2018 is now open.

Keynote Speakers

Frank Barry, PhD

Professor Frank Barry, Regenerative Medicine Institute at University College Galway, Ireland, Zoobiquity Conference

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

Johnny Huard, PhD

Johnny Huard

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

Paired Speaker Topics

Limb Preservation

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.

Orthopedic Surgery

Equine orthopedics 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 Advances

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.

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.

Panel: The Future of Regenerative Medicine

A panel of experts will convene to discuss the challenges and promises of stem cell therapeutics with the audience and speakers.


9 a.m.-noon - Registration at the Hyatt Regency, Aurora

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

Noon-1:45 p.m. - Bus transportation to Colorado State University’s Veterinary Medical Center and James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Fort Collins

1:30-3 p.m. - Registration at the Colorado State University Diagnostic Medicine Center Lobby, Fort Collins

2-5 p.m. - Tours and presentations on the Veterinary Medical Center

5-5:30 p.m. - Bus transportation to Lory Student Center, on Colorado State University’s Main Campus

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

5:30-6 p.m. - Cocktails and poster session at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom

6-7:30 p.m. - Banquet dinner at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom

7:30-8 p.m. - Bus loading

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

8-8:45 a.m. - Opening Remarks, Keynote Dr. Frank Barry

8:45-9:30 a.m. - Limb Preservation, Drs. Nicole Ehrhart and Jason Stoneback

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Orthopedic Surgery, Drs. Dave Frisbie and Karin Payne

10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30-11:15 a.m. - Infection Management, Drs. Valerie Johnson and Laura Damioli

11:15- 12 noon - Cancer, Drs. Steve Dow and Terry Fry

12-1 p.m. - Lunch

1-1:45 p.m. - Keynote, Dr. Johnny Huard

1:45-2:30 p.m. - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Drs. Dennis Roop and Jennifer Schissler

2:30-3:15 p.m. - Inflammatory Modulation, Dr. Tracy Webb

3:15-3:30 p.m. - Break

3:30-4:15 p.m. - Stem Cell Therapy Regulation, Drs. Lynne Boxer and Wei Liang

4:15-5 p.m. - The Future of Regenerative Medicine, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Max Gomez

5:15-6:30p.m. - Cocktail reception with hot appetizers, Hyatt Regency Aurora