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November 2, 2017 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center 1D
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) presents their Thursday afternoon seminar series on November 2, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the IBio Building in Seminar Room 1D, located at 6135 Woodward Ave.  The seminar is free and open to the entire university community.

The guest speaker will be Daniel Langlois, DVM, assistant professor of veterinary medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University.  Dr. Langlois will present "Lead Exposure in Pet Dogs: An Under-Recognized Problem with Implications for Both Human and Animal Health".

Dr. Langlois received both a Bachelors of Science and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Lousiana State University.  His research interests include pharmacologic and clinical evaluation of therapeutic agents for copper-associate hepatitis and identification of mutations resulting in copper-associate hepatitis.  His teaching materials cover hepatology, endocrinology and fungal disease.


Environmental toxins often affect multiple species, and domestic animals can serve as sentinels for human exposure.  The city of Flint, MI has garnered considerable attention due to the lead-contamination of its water supply following a water source change in 2014.  For over one year, many residents and their pets were exposed to contaminated water.  Relief efforts focused primarily on human health, but pets were also at great risk of exposure, exemplifying the importance of the One Health concept.  In response to the Flint Water Crisis, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine formed a collaborative team in order to provide educational assistance and outreach to Flint residents as well as veterinarians serving the region.  Additionally, an investigation of lead exposure in Flint dogs was conducted.  The results of our investigation suggested that pets residing in Flint, MI were impacted by the water crisis, thus prompting additional investigations of lead exposure in other parts of Michigan.  Preliminary results suggest lead exposure is likely a significant problem in pet dogs residing in both Lansing and Detroit.  While the long-term impact on dogs is unknown, these findings highlight the importance of maintaining awareness of environmental intoxicants such as lead.  Furthermore, dogs can serve as a valuable sentinel for household lead-contamination in urban environments, and additional collaboration between veterinary and human health researchers would have greater impact.


For more information about this event, please contact Christina Cowen at 313-577-6590 or