As a novelty at GeoVet 2019 we are organizing special discussion panels to facilitate Research-Industry-Government networking and to discuss challenges and explore opportunities to accelerate the incorporation of spatial epidemiology advances in operational decision-making tools to inform policies and to solve complex worldwide animal/public health and food safety problems. The use of Whova App will allow a more dynamic interaction and an increase of the participation of students and delegates with panelists during the discussion panels.
It is our honor to have the following list of expert representatives from multiple institutions and agencies to participate in the GeoVet 2019 discussion panels.
Dr. Hesha J. Duggirala, PhD, MPH
Senior epidemiologist at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and chair of the FDA Data Mining Council.
Dr Duggirala received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University, Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University, and her Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in epidemiology from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Duggirala joined FDA in 2001 as an epidemiologist in the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. In 2007, she co-founded, and continues to chair, the FDA Data Mining Council. This group, a part of the FDA’s Scientific Computing Board, advises and provides support to data mining programs across the Agency. She was the lead author of the Council’s seminal white paper on data mining at the FDA. Since 2012, Dr. Duggirala has been an epidemiologist on the Science Policy Team in CVM’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance. In her current position, Dr. Duggirala provides epidemiologic support to various groups across CVM as well as developing a framework for the Center’s data mining programs. In addition, Dr. Duggirala enjoys spending time mentoring colleagues at FDA as well as students in schools of public health.
David Edwards, MBA, MIB
CEO/Founder of Automed.
David has a 23-year career in product and business
development in the rail, mining, and agriculture industries.
He is highly skilled and educated in engineering, manufacturing and business
development, with master’s degrees in Business, Business Administration, and
International Business from the University of Newcastle, plus degrees in Aquaculture
and Electrical. David first started his career on his parent’s property in Tullamore NSW
within the Sheep and Swine industry. However, David always enjoyed designing and
developing new ideas. With this in 2001 David moved to Newcastle and took a position
with New Macey in their production facility and later became their head of Operations
and Engineering. In 2009 David was given the opportunity to take on a new position as
the Engineering and Operations Director for Kopex in Australia, one of the world’s
largest underground mining equipment manufacturers. During this time David worked
on projects such as overseas manufacturing facilities, autonomous vehicles, electrical
connection systems, aquaculture production systems, and livestock management
software. Since leaving Kopex in 2012, David focused on his greatest passion, creating
technology solutions for the global agricultural industry. With this passion, David has
spent the last 6 years developing the automed solution for the livestock industry. Within
automed David is the founding member of the company and oversees all strategic,
business and technology development.
Dr. Guy Hendrickx, DVM, PhD,
Guy Hendrickx (DVM, PhD) spent the first 13 years of his career in Africa working on tsetse flies. He was one of the first to use satellite data for reducing the cost of mapping vectors, hosts and pathogens. His main interest is the identification of environmental factors that affect the distribution of vector-borne diseases, how these change over time and how that affects the spread of these diseases. In 2001 he established Avia-GIS, a company specialized in developing spatial decision support systems that bridge the gap between research and decision making. The company focuses on the development of systems for spatial risk mapping as a basis for integrated pest management programs.
Dr. Anne M. Kjemtrup, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Research Scientist III. California Department of Public Health. Vector-Borne Disease Section
Dr. Kjemtrup is a research scientist, epidemiologist for the California Department of Public Health
(CDPH), Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS). Her duties include reviewing and summarizing
reported cases of vector-related reportable diseases including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis,
babesiosis, tick-borne relapsing fever, rickettsial diseases, hantavirus, and plague. Dr. Kjemtrup helps
coordinate environmental follow up of select vector-borne disease cases when necessary with VBDS
biologists and other local health agencies. Her veterinary background informs her role in the small
mammal trapping component of VBDS activities including veterinary support, maintaining the animal
care and use protocol for VBDS, and occasional small mammal trapping fieldwork. She consults,
performs, and publishes original research on public health aspects of vector-borne diseases and is the
principle editor for the VBDS annual report. She develops ideas for, and provides input on, public
health education material and was the initial coordinator for the California Department of Public Health
Lyme Disease Advisory Committee. Dr. Kjemtrup regularly gives presentations to a wide variety of
audiences from public groups to medical providers to students. She enjoys mentoring students and
interns who volunteer with VBDS.
Kurt Menke, MSc
A former archaeologist, Kurt Menke is a
geospatial generalist based out of
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He received
a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of New
Mexico in 2000. That same year he founded Bird’s Eye View
to apply his expertise with GIS technology towards solving
the world’s mounting ecological, economic and social issues. His areas of focus
are public health, conservation and education. Kurt Menke has a broad skillset.
He is a spatial analyst, cartographer, web map developer, trainer/teacher and
He is an open source GIS authority, recently authoring Discover QGIS 3.x with
Locate Press and co-authoring Mastering Geospatial Development with QGIS 3.x
for Pack Publishing. In 2015 he became an OsGeo Charter Member. He is an
experienced FOSS4G educator and is a co-author of the GeoAcademy. He
teaches on a regular basis. His offerings range from a semester long Intro to
FOSS4G course he originally developed in 2009, to short courses and
professional workshops. In 2015 he was awarded the Global Educator of the Year
Team Award by GeoForAll as part of the GeoAcademy team.
Dr. Lina Mur, DVM, PhD.
Veterinary Epidemiologist at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
Dr. Mur obtained her PhD on the epidemiology and control of African
swine fever using a transdisciplinary approach which included risk
assessment studies, risk factor analysis, development of new
diagnostic methods and animal experiments. She then moved to the
United States where she worked as epidemiologist in the development of a syndromic surveillance system (Texas A&M University) and developing her research program on the prevention and control of Foreign Animal Diseases (Kansas State University).
Since 2017 she works as epidemiologist in the World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department at the OIE. In her current position she contributes in the process of validation and verification of information submitted from the Member countries, developing the subsequent epidemiological analysis of the information. She is also involved in the development of the new improved platform OIE-WAHIS and the data migration from the current system.
Dr. Manuel J. Sanchez Vazquez, DVM, MSc, PhD
Coordinator of the Epidemiology Area
Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center (PANAFTOSA)
Manuel´s first work in epidemiology focused on the study of diseases in companion animals while working at Vetlab-IDEXX laboratories (in Horsham, UK, 2004-2007). He consolidated his knowledge in this discipline at the Epidemiology Research Unit of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), in Inverness (UK), working with several national projects on diseases surveillance (up to 2011), and as Deputy Head of the Animal Health Information Department at the OIE (Paris, France), where he acquired a global perspective about disease surveillance and information systems, and he strengthened its experience as a manager (2011-2013). Since 2013 he works as an Epidemiologist in PANAFTOSA-PAHO/WHO (RJ, Brasil), where is the coordinator of the epidemiology area, and provides epidemiological support and technical cooperation to countries on several projects associated with zoonoses, FMD and information systems.
Dr. Yoshinori Nakazawa, PhD
Poxvirus and Rabies Branch
Dr. Yoshinori Nakazawa is currently the Team Lead of the Ecology and Evolutionary Analysis Team of the
Poxvirus and Rabies Branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He received a B.S
degree in Biology form the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a PhD in Geography from the
University of Kansas. In his current role, he studies the ecologic, biogeographic and evolutionary aspects
of biodiversity and infectious diseases via spatial analyses using Geographic Information Systems (GIS),
ecological niche modeling (ENM), applied remote sensing, phylogeography, genetic analyses, field and
laboratory studies. His work includes: analyzing the diverse ecological and epidemiological aspects of
poxvirus and lyssavirus transmission; conducting studies to elucidate different aspects of the natural
history, evolution and distribution of poxviruses and lyssaviruses; conducting animal work in BSL-3
settings in the laboratory and in the field; and conducting genetic analyses of poxvirus and lyssaviruses.
Dr. Este Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, GISP
Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director
Dr. Este Geraghty heads Esri's worldwide health and human services practice. Previously, she was the deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health. There she engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, open data and interoperability. While serving as an associate professor of clinical internal medicine at the University of California Davis she conducted research on geographic approaches to influencing health policy and advancing community development programs. Geraghty is the author of numerous health and GIS peer reviewed papers and has lectured extensively around the world on a broad range of topics that include pesticide safety, climate change and extreme heat, social determinants of health and public health preparedness. She received her medical degree, master's degree in health informatics, and master's degree in public health from UC Davis. She is board certified in public health (CPH) and is also a geographic information systems professional (GISP).
Dr. J. Tyler Holck, DVM, MS, MBA
Feed His People, LLC
Dr. Holck is a veterinary technical and business consultant with over 30 years of
experience in the animal health biopharmaceutical industry and food animal
production, focused primarily in swine.
Dr. Holck received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from South Dakota
State University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Master’s degree in
Clinical Science, and Master’s in Business Administration from Iowa State
Dr. Holck is currently serving GlobalVetLINK (GVL) and PrairiE Systems (PES), both
software as a service (SaaS) companies supporting animal health and food animal
production. Current project involvement includes animal health data ecosystem
development with potential FAD applications with GVL and automated individual
animal identification and related data platform development with PES. In
addition, Dr. Holck travels to China quarterly consulting with Boehringer
Ingelheim China where he provides strategic planning and technical training for
their swine team.