External Keynote Speaker: Dr. Adam T. Ford
The ecological impact of large carnivores: context and mechanisms
Adam Ford is a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology and an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at UBC Okanagan. Ongoing projects in his Wildlife Resoration Ecology (WiRE) lab include studying the coexistence and conflict of humans and large carnivorous wildlife, connectivity methods and wildlife corridors in the Rocky Mountains, and the predator-prey ecology of trophic cascades.
Internal Keynote Speaker: Dr. Valerie Sim
The Madness of Prions
Valerie Sim is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. Her primary focus is on prion diseases, including BSE (mad cow disease), CWD (chronic wasting disease), and CJD (Creutzfeldt Jakob disease). Ongoing projects include prion behaviour, therapies to reduce prion protein aggregation, and development of prion techniques with the goal of treating Alzherimer’s disease.