Symposium on Human Rabies Prevention and Treatment - One Health Commission

Symposium on Human Rabies Prevention and Treatment


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Overview: This half-day rabies symposium and webinar broadcast will consist of presentations from rabies experts and provide a forum for discussion. The conference will bring together internationally recognized experts in rabies from academia, private and public health disciplines. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Webinar support is proudly provided by the One Health Commission and online attendance is unlimited. 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the burden of human rabies and problems contributing to human rabies prevention
  • Differentiate methods for human rabies surveillance and diagnosis 
  • Cite at least two examples of public health strategies to minimize human exposures to rabies virus
  • Understand methods for ensuring human rabies vaccine potency
  • Appreciate future challenges and opportunities for potential therapy

Who Should Attend: Physicians, Nurses Practitioners, Nurse Technicians, Medical professionals, Medical students, Health Educators, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Epidemiologists, Laboratorians, DOs, Veterinarians, Veterinarian Technicians, Veterinary Students 

Continuing Education: This program 833-18637 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 1.50 CE Credits (1.50 max) being available to any one Veterinarian: and/or 1.50 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (1.50 max).

When: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 9am-12pm MDT (convert to local time)

Where: Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland, CO 80538, River Birch Room 

Cost: None. This Symposium and Webinar is FREE of charge.


Registration: Online registration is now closed. To register to attend in-person, please contact Peter Costa ( Those unable to attend the in-person can attend via webinar. See below. 

Webinar: For those unable to attend in-person, the Symposium will be broadcast via webinar. Click here to register for the live webinar broadcast.

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Time Topic Presenter
8:00am - 9:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00am - 9:10am Welcome Peter Costa, MPH, MCHES, One Health Commission, Apex, NC
9:10am - 9:30am A Primer on Human Rabies Pre- & Postexposure Prophylaxis C.E. Rupprecht, VMD, MS, PhD, Professor (Adjunct), The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA
9:30am - 9:50am Public Health Challenges in Rabies Prevention and Animal Management Jennifer House, DVM, MPH, State Public Health Veterinarian, Department of Public Health & Environment, Denver, CO
9:50am - 10:10am Plato’s Cave: Shadows or Reality – What Are Future Diagnostic Targets For Human Rabies? Richard Franka, DVM, PhD, MPH, Director, OIE Reference Laboratory for Rabies, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, GA
10:10am - 10:30am Care of Human Rabies – Time for a Randomized Clinical Trial Rodney Willoughby, MD, Professor, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
10:30am - 10:40am



10:40am - 11:00am Human Rabies Vaccines and Alternate Potency Assays Robin Levis, PhD, Deputy Director, Office of Vaccines Research and Review, Food & Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD
11:00am - 11:20am The Importance of Virus Neutralizing Antibodies (VNA) in Clearing Rabies Virus From the CNS: Can VNA Be Used For Clinical Therapy? Zhen F. Fu, DVM, PhD, Professor, Veterinary Virologist, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
11:20am - 11:40am

Roundtable Discussion


11:40am - 11:50am

Additional Questions from the Audience


11:50am - Noon Evaluation and Adjourn Peter Costa, MPH, MCHES, One Health Commission, Apex, NC


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Technical Requirements to Attend Live Webinar:

To participate in the Webinar, you will need the following:

  • Windows or Mac computer
  • Internet connection (Broadband is best)
  • Microphone and speakers (built-in or USB headset)

A USB-powered headset will provide optimal audio transmission for speakers delivering their presentations and attendees wishing to ask questions of presenters. (Alternatively, questions can be submitted to presenters via the "chat" option)

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  • Colorado State University
  • Grifols
  • Kedrion Biopharma
  • Merial
  • One Health Commission

For More Information: Peter J. Costa, MPH, MCHES (


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