Herman Barkema
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Herman W. Barkema


Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Calgary (UCVM), with a joint appointment in the Department of Community Health Sciences of the Cumming School of Medicine; NSERC Industrial Research in Infectious Diseases of Dairy Cattle; Guest Professor at Ghent University (Belgium); Foreign Expert at the China Agricultural University in Beijing; leads the University of Calgary Biostatistics Centre, co-leads the Clinical Research Unit in the Cumming School of Medicine; research program focuses on prevention and control of diseases in cattle herds; elected fellow Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

University of Calgary
August 2006
Production Animal Health
The over-all goal of my research program is to ensure a safe and economical food supply with a reduced risk to transmission of zoonotic diseases to farm families and the general population. I have two main research interests. My interest is research to prevent and control infectious diseases on dairy farms, such as mastitis and Johne’s disease, with animal and public health perspectives. New prevention and control programs in Canada, The Netherlands, and other countries have been introduced or changed based on results of my research. All my research projects are carried out by graduate students, often with assistance of summer students. Because I value a multidisciplinary education of these graduate students, all my graduate students are co-supervised by a faculty member with a complimentary expertise, most often a basis scientist. Knowledge transfer and exchange is a logical and important extension of my research program.

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