EPL CSO Teaches at 3rd Annual Short Course on Toxicologic Pathology in Fish
From October 7-9, 2015, Jeff Wolf, EPL CSO and Manager of Pathology at the Virginia Laboratory, participated as a faculty member at the third annual “Short Course on Toxicologic Pathology in Fish” held at the Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health at the University of Bern, Switzerland. The workshop was hosted by Helmut Segner of the University of Bern, and Stephen W. Feist, the Group Head for Aquatic Animal Disease at CEFAS in the UK. Other distinguished faculty included Thomas Braunbeck of the University of Heidelberg, and Heike Schmidt-Posthaus, Thomas Wahli, and Lisa Baumann, also of the University of Bern.
Lecture topics included basic fish histoanatomy, fixation methods, patterns of histopathological response to non-infectious and infectious agents, semiquantitative and quantitative assessment of lesions, fish toxicopathology in environmental monitoring, the histopathology of endocrine disruptors, toxicopathology of early fish life stages, neoplastic changes in fish tissues, and the BEQUALM fish disease monitoring program. Supervised practical “hands on” exercises using prepared slide materials were a strong emphasis of the course. Students in this course were professionals in a variety of disciplines related to fish health research or management, and they represented 10 countries including Australia, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. With its breathtaking views and excellent restaurants, the beautiful and historic capital city of Bern provided an ideal setting for this workshop.