The Zoobiquity Research Initiative (ZRI) is a research and educational collaborative between faculty and students from the David Geffen School of Medicine and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Partners include the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U.S. Geological Survey and Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden. The philosophy of this cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional, species-spanning project emphasizes the discovery and creation of new, basic scientific knowledge to benefit a wide spectrum of species ranging from animals to humans. The ZRI foci include the application of evidence-based medicine, the pursuit of fundamental scientific advances through interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and the education and training of current and future clinical practitioners and researchers to address scientific and health threats that affect multiple species through comparative medicine.
The ZRI is committed to advancing the heath and quality of life of both animals and humans and promote high-quality scientific research by fostering best practices to enhance the welfare of multiple species and organizing, disseminating information and facilitating dialogue and collaboration between medicine and veterinary medicine. The Initiative seeks to build a foundation of broad and deep knowledge to study and develop novel, effective strategies and curative therapies to address critical health threats shared by human and non-human patients. Its activities cover cross-sectional scientific disciplines in the spheres of medicine, physiology, etiology and progression of disease, evolutionary of disease, physiology of reproduction, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and clinical practice, among others.
For more information about the ZRI, e-mail Executive Director, Susan Kwan, at [email protected].
Friedman, Wesley, Meredith Masters and Kate Kang. “Zoobiquity: A Conversation Between Veterinarians and Physicians Caring for the Same Diseases in Different Species.” 2011 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference [Poster Session], Atlanta, GA, September 2011.
Kang, Kate, Wesley Friedman, Meredith Masters, Cynthia Cheung, Curtis Eng, Cheryl Scott and Barbara Natterson-Horowitz. “Zoobiquity: A Species Spanning Approach to Medicine.” 2011 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Annual Meeting [Poster Session], Kansas City, MO, October 2011.