Abstract # 13449 Event # 191:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:50 AM-11:15 AM: (Room 325/326) Symposium


THE VALUE OF PATHOLOGY AND COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN LABORATORIES, ZOOS, SANCTUARIES, AND BEYOND: POST-MORTEM STUDY, TISSUE AND BIOLOGICAL BANKING, AND DATA SHARING ADVANCE THE UNDERSTANDING OF HEALTH IN HUMANS AND OTHER SPECIES

A. J. Bennett and H. Simmons
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53715, USA
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     Pathology is the scientific study of the development, causes (etiology), and effects of diseases and aging. Specifically it is the branch of translational medicine that deals with the laboratory examination of the body, tissues, and biological materials for diagnostic and forensic purposes. I will provide an overview of the types of scientific questions that have been, and will continue to be, addressed through thoughtful post mortem examinations and routine preservation and banking of tissues, biological materials (serum, plasma, DNA, and secretions), and associated metadata. I will emphasize the value of sharing samples and associated knowledge to advance not only research but species conservation. This overview will highlight the breadth of topics in which scientific discoveries have depended upon the integration of pre- and post-mortem measurements, post-mortem examinations, tissue and biological archives, and collaborative sharing of samples and data. The joint efforts of field, zoo, sanctuary, and laboratory scientists to ensure appropriate tissue evaluation and preservation can facilitate scientific research that advances knowledge to benefit many species, both captive and free ranging, with potential benefits for translational medicine.