|[December 11, 2013]
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Takes the Lead in Rabies Control with Appointment of Expert Researcher
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts --(Business Wire)--
Dr. Charles Rupprecht, an internationally recognized expert on rabies,
has joined the faculty of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
(RUSVM) as a professor of epidemiology and public health.
Dr. Rupprecht is the former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention's rabies program and one of the founders of the Global
Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). He has spent much of his
professional life studying the transmission, evolution and effects of
rabies, a deadly virus that can be transmitted from animals to humans.
The GARC estimates that more than 55,000 people worldwide - half of them
children - die from rabies each year.
Through a partnership between RUSVM and GARC, Dr. Rupprecht intends to
continue work on global canine rabies prevention, and study the dynamics
of rabies in the Caribbean by focusing on how the region's increasing
mongoose population might contribute to the spread and evolution of the
disease. He also hopes to attract collaborators, through GARC, to extend
research opportunities for RUSVM's faculty and students.
"The addition of a world-class researcher of Dr. Rupprecht's caliber
will significantly strengthen one of RUSVM's priority areas-public
health education, extending knowledge within the Caribbean region and
beyond," said RUSVM Dean Dr. Elaine Watson. "His contributions in
combating the deadly disease, rabies, have had a far-reaching effect on
control of this fatal virus worldwide, and we fully support his future
endeavors in this important area of research and education."
Dr. Rupprecht brings strong scientific credentials to RUSVM's research
mission. He received his bachelor's degree in ecology rom Rutgers
University, his master's and Ph.D. degrees in zoology and biological
sciences from the University of Wisconsin and his doctor of veterinary
medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
He was instrumental in the creation of the only oral rabies vaccine
licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use in wildlife. This
vaccine has prevented rabies in wild raccoons from spreading west of the
Appalachian Mountains, and has also eliminated rabies outbreaks in
coyotes along the U.S. border with Mexico and controlled rabies among
grey foxes in the Southwestern U.S.
Dr. Rupprecht will also oversee one of RUSVM's new research centers. The
Center for Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health will be one of
four centers focused on driving RUSVM's mission to provide students with
a research-informed educational experience.
About Global Alliance for Rabies Control
Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) is a nonprofit advocacy
organization that supports public education and communication about the
spread and control of rabies, applied research about the disease, and
creation of government policies to assist these efforts.
About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), founded in 1982,
is committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of the
worldwide public and professional healthcare team and to advance human
and animal health (One Health Initiative) through research and knowledge
RUSVM has focused research programs with an emphasis on emerging
infectious and zoonotic diseases, conservation medicine, and ecosystem
health. RUSVM is accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation
and has limited accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical
to offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program. The RUSVM
Veterinary Teaching Hospital is accredited by the American Animal
Hospital Association (www.aahanet.org).
RUSVM is a part of DeVry Education Group Inc. (NYSE: DV; member S&P
MidCap 400 Index). For more information about RUSVM, visit http://www.rossu.edu/veterinary-school.
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