Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Samuel Black
February 5, 2018
Room: Great Hall
UMass Amherst Campus
Professor Samuel Black of the department of veterinary and animal sciences will present a Distinguished Faculty Lecture on “Approaching the Endgame: Seeking Sustainable Control of Animal African Trypanosomiasis.”
For more than a century, scientists have attempted to sustainably control animal African trypanosomiasis—protozoan parasites that can be fatal to people and domestic livestock. The development of effective vaccines has been blocked by the parasites’ ability to vary the surface structures with which the immune system reacts and to mask the conserved surface components the parasites need to acquire nutrients. At UMass Amherst and elsewhere, research is unlocking the mechanisms of innate immune control and trypanosomiasis pathology, giving new hope of developing trypanosomiasis-resistant cattle through selective breeding and genetic engineering.
Black will be presented with the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed to faculty by the campus, at the conclusion of the lecture.
This lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call 413-577-1101.