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Swine expert joins College of Veterinary Medicine
Montserrat Torremorell appointed to Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity
MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (May 19, 2009) — Montserrat Torremorell, D.V.M., Ph.D., an international expert in swine health, has joined the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine as the Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity.
Torremorell has an extensive background in swine health, research, and production systems, including health improvement strategies, disease eradication and biosecurity programs, and health genomics. She is also an expert in swine influenza when it comes to strategies to control and alleviate the disease in the animal population.
“We are honored that Dr. Torremorell has joined the College as the Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity,” said Dr. Trevor Ames, dean of the veterinary college. “She has a long and diverse history working with swine in the field of veterinary medicine. Particularly now, with swine playing an increasing role in veterinary and human public health, it is crucial to have such a highly regarded expert at the College.”
Prior to joining the College, she was head of global health strategy at Genus/PIC and prior to that, she was health director at Sygen International and vice president of health assurance for PIC USA.
Considered one of the most prestigious faculty positions in the international field of swine medicine, the Leman Chair was established in 1995 in honor of Dr. Allen Leman, a former faculty member at the College and an inspirational leader who made significant contributions to the global swine industry.
The endowed chair was previously held by Dr. Peter Davies, an international expert in swine epidemiology who was appointed to the chair in 2003. Davies remains at the College as a professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department, where he is regarded as a gifted educator, researcher, and academician.
Torremorell is the author of more than 32 peer-reviewed journal articles on swine health and more than 100 abstracts and articles in conference proceedings, and has presented invited lectures, keynote addresses, and presentations with proceedings at scientific meetings in North America, South America, and Europe. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, working with the late Dr. Carlos Pijoan.
For more information about Torremorell, the Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity, or the College of Veterinary Medicine, contact Brian Graves at 612-624-6228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is also available online at www.cvm.umn.edu.
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