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Reining in Disease

Protecting horses against a deadly threat

March 23, 2010

Arrowhead spinach salad with bleu cheese dressing

Entrée

Sheep’s cheese ravioli with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano

Dessert

Meyer lemon tart with seasonal berry garnish

Research Leader, Animal Disease Research Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Professor, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Don Knowles has served since 1995 as research leader of the Animal Disease Research Unit (ADRU) for the USDA Agricultural Research Service. He is also a professor of microbiology and pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU. Through his appointments, he has strengthened and expanded the long history of close research collaboration between the University and ADRU. Dr. Knowles was elected this year as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and commended for his “distinguished contributions to the diagnosis and understanding of multiple important animal infectious diseases and for leadership of an acclaimed USDA-ARS unit—the Animal Disease Research Unit.”

His research has addressed equine and bovine babesiosis, caprine (goat) arthritis encephalitis virus, scrapie of sheep, mad cow disease, bovine anaplasmosis, malignant catarrhal fever of bison and cattle, and the spread of infectious disease between domestic and bighorn sheep. Dr. Knowles is a board certified veterinary pathologist and works closely with various interest groups, such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Sheep Industry, and the American Horse Council, to help apply research-based solutions to disease problems. He earned B.S. and D.V.M. degrees at the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in virology at WSU.

Overview

A potentially deadly equine disease rarely seen in the United States poses a serious, new threat to the multibillion dollar horse industry. Equine piroplasmosis, a tick-borne disease prevalent in about three-quarters of the world, now infects hundreds of horses in at least 13 states—including Washington. How can we stop this advancing threat and protect the health of our animal companions and the economically important U.S. horse industry?

WSU scientists are leading critical research to stem the spread of equine piroplasmosis—and other animal diseases—through development of knowledge and novel vaccines. They’re also exploring ways to possibly clear the disease from infected horses and to improve diagnostic techniques. Dr. Don Knowles, leader of animal disease research for the USDA Agricultural Research Service and professor of veterinary medicine at WSU, is at the forefront of internationally collaborative efforts to promote global equine health. He will provide you with insights to this innovative research. 

By various public transit

To map your trip—including transit times and transfers—visit maps.google.com. After entering your start/end points (the hotel is at 411 University Street), toggle “by public transit.”

For transit alternatives, visit findaride.org.

By bus

Route 70 arrives at 3rd and Union (about a five-minute walk from the hotel) every 15 minutes throughout the day. For route information and rates, contact Metro Transit at metro.kingcounty.gov or call 206-553-3000.

By ferry

For schedules and routes visit wsdot.wa.gov/ferries or phone 888-808-7977 (voice) or 800-843-3779 (recording).

By train and light rail

Visit amtrak.com or call 800-872-7245. For information on Sound Transit routes and schedules from Everett or Tacoma, visit soundtransit.org.

By car/carpool

Before leaving, check travel advisories, traffic alerts and traffic cams at web5.seattle.gov/travelers.

From Interstate 5 South:

Take exit 165B (Union Street) and go two blocks to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Ave. and go two blocks to Seneca Street. Turn right onto Seneca St. and go one block to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. and drive one block to University Street. Turn right onto University St. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is on the right.*When driving South, do not to enter the Express Lanes.

From Interstate 5 North / SeaTac Airport:

As you approach downtown Seattle, move into the left lane. Take exit 165 (Seneca Street) From the stop light, continue straight two blocks moving to the right lane. Turn right onto 4th Ave. Drive one block to University Street and turn right. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is on the right.

From Interstate 520 West:

Take the exit for I-5 South (Portland), continue on I-5 South. Take exit 165B (Union Street) and go two blocks to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Ave. and go two blocks to Seneca Street. Turn right onto Seneca St. and go one block to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. and go one block to University Street. Turn right onto University St. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is on the right.

From Interstate 90 West:

Merge onto I-5 North (Vancouver) and immediately move into to the far right lane. Follow signs for the Convention Place/Madison Street exit and merge onto 7th Avenue. Turn left at Madison Street, go three blocks to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave., drive three blocks to University Street. Turn right onto University St. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is on the right.

Self Parking

2–3 hours $14

3–4 hours $17

Olympic Parking Garage

Southwest corner of 5th Avenue and Seneca Street

Valet Parking

2–3 hours $19

3–4 hours $21

Continue two blocks to 4th Avenue (get into the right lane). Turn right on 4th Avenue (staying in right lane). Continue one block to University Street. Turn right onto University Street. Hotel entrance with valet parking is on your right.

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