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February 6, 2015

The 2015 Shrimp Pathology Short Course Has Been Cancelled


United States

Arizona—2015 Shrimp Pathology Short Course


The University of Arizona’s 2015 Shrimp Pathology Short Course, “Disease Diagnosis and Control in Marine Shrimp Culture”, will take place on June 8-14, 2015, in Tucson, Arizona.  At least two lectures and two lab sessions are scheduled for each day.  Registration is limited to 30.


Deposit and Early Registration Deadline: $100.00 by April 1, 2015.


Cost: $2,500 if the deposit is received on or before April 1, 2015; $3,000 if the deposit is received on or after April 2, 2015.


Note: The University of Arizona reserves the right to cancel the course if participant pre-enrollment is less than 10 by May 1, 2015.  Payments will be refunded if the course is cancelled.  Individual deposits and payments will be refunded if a participant’s cancellation is received on or before May 1, 2015.  After May 2, 2015, participant’s payments will not be refunded.  No exceptions!


Accommodations: Both single and double rooms are available at the nearby Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel.  Group rate prices have not been determined at this time.  Dormitory rooms are available for approximately $35.00 per night for a single room and $58.00 per night ($29.00 per person) for a double room.


International Travelers: Due to more stringent USA entry requirements, allow extra time for visa processing.





1. Course introduction, purpose, scope and schedule

2. Introduction to gross anatomy and normal histology

3. Whitespot disease (WSSV)


4. Infectious hypodermal and hematopoietic necrosis virus,

hepatopancreatic virus and other parvovirus caused diseases


5. Taura syndrome, infectious myonecrosis, yellowhead and other
RNA virus caused diseases


6. Bacterial diseases including acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND; caused by a unique strain of Vibrio parahaemolyticus),
necrotizing hepatopancreatitis (NHP = Hepatobacter penaei) and

Vibrio harveyi


7. Methods of disease prevention and/or treatment



Labs and Demonstrations


1. Fixation procedures for routine histology


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


3. PCR/RT-PCR for diagnosis of viral diseases


4. qPCR/qRT-PCR for diagnosis of WSSV, IHHNV, YHV, TSV, PvNV
and IMNV


5. Review of histopathology of viral and bacterial diseases



Lectures, Labs and Demonstrations

(Staff from the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology)


• D.V. Lightner, PHD, Professor, Specialist in diseases of cultured shrimp


• C.R. Pantoja, PHD, Associate Research Professor, Shrimp Pathologist


• K. Tang-Nelson, PHD, Associate Research Professor, Molecular Virologist


• Jee Eun Han, DVM, PHD,  Postdoc Research Associate, Molecular Biologist


• L.L. Mohney, MS, Microbiologist


• I. Maskaykina, BS, Molecular Biologist


• R.M. Redman, Histotechnologist


Information: Rita Redman (email or Dr. Donald Lightner (email, The University of Arizona School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory, 1117 E. Lowell Street, Room 102, Tucson, Arizona 85721 USA (phone 1-520-621-4438, fax  1-520-621-4899).


Sources: 1. Aquacontacts Mail Group News (USDA).  Subject: CTSA Regional e-Notes January 2015.  Maxwell Mayeaux (  January 30, 2015.  2. Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture.  Cheng-Sheng Lee, Executive Director (  Regional Notes.  Volume 7, Issue 1. January 2015.

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