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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

08/06/08

August 6, 2008 – (North Brunswick, N.J.) – Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce three significant additions to its Research Department—Dr. Paul Torgerson, Dr. Hamish Mohammed and Dr. Simon Starkey.

Dr. Torgerson recently joined Ross as a professor of epidemiology and public health. Prior to coming to Ross University, Dr. Torgerson was the head of the epidemiology and modeling group at the Institute of Parasitology of the University of Zurich. Before that he was a lecturer in parasitology at the University College Dublin and a research fellow at Cambridge University. He holds a degree in veterinary medicine and a Ph.D. in parasitology, both awarded by the University of Cambridge. He is also a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health.

Dr. Torgerson’s interest in burden of disease analysis stems from work on zoonoses— primarily echinococcosis, which results in significant morbidity in animal and human populations. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, including analysis of zoonotic diseases and methodological papers. In addition, he has a research focus on the transmission of zoonoses including modeling cost effectiveness of disease control intervention. He has been actively involved in zoonotic disease research in many countries. He reviews for many leading scientific journals and is a member of several academic societies.

“I am delighted to join the Ross community in St. Kitts. I have been very impressed by the friendly open staff and the modern facilities available on campus. I am excited by the challenge of continuing to establish a significant research center on the campus, and the location of St. Kitts compliments my interests in public health and tropical and neglected zoonotic diseases,” Dr. Torgerson said. “My family and I look forward to establishing our home in St. Kitts and working with Ross over the coming months and years.”

Dr. Mohammed will join Ross as an assistant professor of epidemiology and public health in September 2008. His previous work includes working as an epidemiologist and an epidemic intelligence service officer for the CDC in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prior to his work with the CDC, Dr. Mohammed was a data consultant at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He has presented at many scientific meetings, including the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference and the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research.

Dr. Mohammed has led various outbreak and field investigations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization. He has performed public health surveillance system evaluations and conducted research on Dengue fever and sexually transmitted disease risk factors in the United States, St. Croix, Puerto Rico and Mexico. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from Tulane University.

In January 2009, Dr. Simon Starkey will join Ross University as an assistant professor of epidemiology and public health. An epidemiology/public health expert with interests in zoonotic diseases of avian and wildlife origins, he holds a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery as well as an integrated research degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology and parasitology from Cornell University.

Dr. Starkey recently completed specialty training in clinical veterinary medicine and surgery of birds, exotic companion animals and wildlife at Cornell University.

“I am excited to be joining Ross University’s burgeoning research program,” said Dr. Starkey. “The University’s ability to attract world class veterinary researchers, educators and clinicians was a significant draw for me.”

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts. The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, with a branch campus scheduled to open in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in January 2009.

The first seven semesters of pre-clinical training at the School of Veterinary Medicine are taught in St. Kitts over a 28-month period. Semesters eight through ten are spent completing clinical studies at one of 22 Ross affiliated, AVMA-accredited U.S. veterinary schools. Ross University students are held to high standards and must pass the same licensing exams as graduates of United States schools.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit www.RossU.edu or call 732.509.4600.

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