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Announcing the 2013 Shrimp Pathology Short Course


Dr. Donald Lightner’s annual “Shrimp Pathology Short Course: Disease Diagnosis and Control in Marine Shrimp Culture” will be held in June 2013 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, USA.


This intensive course consists of comprehensive lectures and practical laboratory training focused on current methods used to diagnose, prevent and treat the principal diseases of farmed penaeid shrimp.  This program also provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet and interact with others involved in shrimp disease research and management.


Registration Limit: 30.


Registration Deposit: $100.00


Registration Deadline:  April 1, 2013.


Application Form: http://microvet.arizona.edu/research/aquapath/2013%20shortcourse%20brochure.pdf


Cost: $1,500.00 if the deposit is received on or before April 1, 2013; $2,000.00 if the deposit is received on or after April 2, 2013.


Note: The University of Arizona reserves the right to cancel the course if participant pre-enrollment is less than 10 by May 6, 2013.  All deposits will be refunded if the course is cancelled.  Individual deposits will be refunded if a participant’s cancellation is received on or before May 6, 2013.  After May 6, 2013, participant’s deposits will not be refunded.  No exceptions.


Accommodations: Both single and double rooms are available at the nearby Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel at $75.00 (plus applicable taxes) per night for a single or double room.  Dormitory rooms are available for $31.00 per night for a single room and $54.00 per night ($27.00 per person) for a double room.


International Travelers: Due to more stringent USA entry requirements, allow a minimum of 4-6 months for visa processing.


Graduate Credits: Three graduate credits are available (USA residents only) through The University of Arizona Summer Session.





Lectures: At least two lectures a day.


1. Course introduction, purpose, scope and schedule.

2. Introduction to gross anatomy and normal histology.

3. Whitespot Disease (WSSV).

4. The baculovirus and baculo-like virus disease including MBV, BP and BMN.

5. Infectious hypodermal and hematopoietic necrosis virus, hepatopancreatic virus
and other parvovirus caused diseases.

6. Taura syndrome, Infectious myonecrosis, yellowhead and other
RNA virus caused diseases.

7. Bacterial, rickettsial and fungal diseases.

8. Surface fouling diseases.

9. Nutritional diseases.

10. Toxic and environmental disease syndromes.

11. Diseases of unknown or uncertain etiologies.

12. Parasitic diseases.

13. Methods of disease prevention and/or treatment.

14. New diagnostic procedures.



Labs and Demonstrations: Two lab sessions per day.


1. Fixation procedures for routine histology.

2. Standard histological techniques.

3. Normal histology and post-mortem change of principal organs and tissues.

4. Wet mount diagnostic procedures.

5. PCR/RT-PCR and gene probes for diagnosis of viral diseases.

6. Antibody-based methods for diagnosis of viral and/or bacterial diseases.

7. Isolation, culture, identification and antibiotic sensitivity of bacterial isolates.

8. Histopathology of viral, bacterial, rickettsial, fouling, parasitic, toxic and nutritional diseases.




D.V. Lightner, Ph.D.: Professor, Specialist in diseases of cultured shrimp

C.R. Pantoja, Ph.D.: Associate Research Professor, Shrimp Pathologist

K.Tang-Nelson, Ph.D.: Associate Research Professor, Molecular Virologist

L.L. Mohney, M.S.: Microbiologist

L.M. Nunan, M.L.A.: Molecular Biologist

S.A. Navarro, B.S.: PCR Techniques, Microbiologist

R.M. Redman, H.T.: Histotechnologist


Information: Donald V. Lightner, Professor, or Rita Redman, Short Course Coordinator, Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology, The University of Arizona, Building 90, Room 102,117 E. Lowell Street, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA (phone 1-520-621-4438, fax 1-520-621-4899, email dvl@email.arizona.edu or ritar@email.arizona.edu, webpage http://microvet.arizona.edu/research/aquapath/index.htm)


Sources: 1. Aquacontacts Mail Group News (USDA).  From: Maxwell Mayeaux mmayeaux@nifa.usda.gov).  Announcing the 2013 Shrimp Pathology Short Course.  December 31, 2012.  2. The 2013 Shrimp Pathology Short Course Webpage.  Website visit on December 31. 2012.


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