Special Topics in Conservation Medicine is a cooperative multidisciplinary course presented by The Conservation Medicine Center of Chicago. Since its inception in 2002, the course has been very well received. The course is videoconferenced to/from Loyola University Medical Center, Brookfield Zoo, The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and Loyola's Lakeside Campus.

Please address questions about the course to Dr. Val Beasley at




Dr. Mark Mitchell (UI)

Travels and Tribulations of a Wildlife Epidemiologist

February 8

Dr. Thomas Meehan (BZ)

Zoo Veterinarian’s Perspective on Ecosystem Health

February 15

Dr. Karen Terio
(UI-Zoo Path)

Pathology in Conservation: Beyond the Microscope

February 22

Dr. Santymire (LPZ)

The Endocrinologist’s Role in Ecosystem Health

March 1

Dr. Val Beasley (UI)

Damaged Ecosystems and the Problem of Frogs!

March 8

Ms. Michele Parsons (EU)


March 15

Dr. Tony Goldberg (UW-M)

Human-primate Interaction and the Origins of HIV/AIDS

March 29

Dr. Jack Herrmann (UI)

One Medicine, One Health: we're all in this together

April 5

Drs. Jack Herrmann and Yvette Johnson (UI)

One Health/One Medicine

March 30

Dr. Tom Gillespie (UI)

The Role of Land-Use Change & Human-Wildlife Linkages in Disease Emergence & Ecosystem Health

April 6



April 12


Dr. Jen Langan (BZ/UI)

A Comprehensive Health Assessment of the Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) Population at Punta San Juan, Peru

April 20


[Student Presentations]

April 19


[Student Presentations]

April 26

Dr. Val Beasley (UI)
Conservation and Ecosystem Health II: Solutions
May 3

*Speaker affiliation Key
UI = University of Illinois; UW-M = University of Wisconsin-Madison; EU = Emory University; BZ = Brookfield Zoo; LPZ = Lincoln Park Zoo