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Herman Barkema

Position: 

Professor
Production Animal Health (PAH)

Degrees and Board Certification: 

DVM, PhD

Contact Information: 

+1 (403) 220-2659
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barkema@ucalgary.ca

 

Biography: 

Dr. Barkema completed his DVM degree at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 1988. He spent 2½ years as manager of a large dairy and beef herd in Costa Rica, then taught bovine herd health at Utrecht University and worked as an epidemiologist for the Dutch Animal Health Service while completing his PhD. In 2001, Dr. Barkema moved to the University of Prince Edward Island. He subsequently moved to the University of Calgary, where he founded the Department of Production Animal Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He currently is Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at UCVM, with a joint appointment in the Department of Community Health Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine. He is also a Guest Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Fertility and Herd Health, Ghent University (Belgium). Dr. Barkema’s research program focuses on prevention and control of diseases in cattle herds, with a special interest in mastitis and Johne’s disease. He has published more than 180 scientific manuscripts and book chapters, and has lectured all over the world. He leads the Alberta Inflammatory Bowel Disease Consortium, the Environment research theme in the Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network, the Technical Committee of the Canadian Voluntary Johne’s Disease Program, and the Alberta Johne’s Disease Initiative.

Research / Scholarly Activities: 

The over-all goal of my research program is to ensure a safe and economical food supply with a reduced risk to transmission of zoonotic diseases to farm families and the general population.  I have two main research interests. My first interest is research to prevent and control infectious diseases on dairy farms, such as mastitis and Johne’s disease, with animal and public health perspectives. New prevention and control programs in Canada, The Netherlands, and other countries have been introduced or changed based on results of my research. My second main research interest is the interaction between host, microbes and the environment in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

 I lead the Alberta Inflammatory Bowel Disease Consortium, a strategic research initiative funded by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions. All my research projects are carried out by graduate students, often with assistance of summer students. Because I value a multidisciplinary education of these graduate students, all my graduate students are co-supervised by a faculty member with a complimentary expertise, most often a basis scientist. Knowledge transfer and exchange is a logical and important extension of my research program.

 

Research personnel and trainees : 
  1. Ana Bras. Started in September 2013, MSc, UofC. Mycoplasma in Bison (co-supervisor; Dr. Claire Windeyer is supervisor).
  2. Amanda Mirto. Started in September 2013, MSc, UofC. Development of a marked live attenuated Johne’s disease vaccine strain (co-supervisor; Dr. Jeroen De Buck, bacteriologist UCVM is supervisor).
  3. Carolina Ritter. Started in September 2013, PhD, UofC. Motivation of farmers to participate in Johne’s disease prevention and control programs (co-supervised by Dr. Steve Mason, adjunct associate professor UCVM).
  4. Caroline Corbett. Started in September 2013, MSc, UofC. Transmission of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (co-supervised by Dr. Jeroen De Buck, bacteriologist UCVM).
  5. Bayan Missaghi. Started in March 2013, PhD, UofC. The role of pathogenic bacteria in Crohn’s disease (co-supervised by Dr. Subrata Ghosh, gastroenterologist and immunologist UofC).
  6. Casey Jacobs. Started in February 2013, MSc, UofC. Footbaths and digital dermatitis.
  7. Larissa Condas. Started in January 2013, PhD, UofC. The role of coagulase-negative staphylococci in bovine mastitis (co-supervised by Dr. Jeroen De Buck, bacteriologist UCVM).
  8. Christina Ahlstrom. Started in May 2011, PhD, UofC. Speciation of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (co-supervisor; Dr. Jeroen De Buck, bacteriologist UCVM is supervisor).
  9. Robert Wolf. Started in September 2010, PhD, UofC. Johne’s disease on Alberta dairy farms (co-supervisor; Dr. Karin Orsel, epidemiologist of infectious diseases UCVM is supervisor).
  10. Maria Negron. Started in June 2010, PhD, UofC. The role of animals and environment in the etiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (co-supervised by Dr. Gilaad Kaplan, gastroenterologist Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary)
  11. Rienske Mortier. Started in September 2009, PhD, UofC. Age and dose dependent susceptibility of infection with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (co-supervisor; Dr. Jeroen De Buck, bacteriologist UCVM is supervisor).
  12. Helen Becker. Started in September 2013, postdoctoral fellow, UofC. The role of microbial infection in Crohn’s disease (co-supervised by Dr. Subrata Ghosh, gastroenterologist and immunologist UofC).
  13. Charlotte Pickel. Project manager Alberta Johne's Disease Initiative.
  14. Uliana Kanavets. Laboratory technician (shared with Drs. Karen Orsel and Jeroen De Buck).
  15. Sunata Sharma. Laboratory technician (shared with Drs. Karen Orsel and Jeroen De Buck).
  16. James Wang. Laboratory manager (shared with Drs. Susan Kutz, Karen Orsel, John Gilleard, and Jeroen De Buck).
  17. Karen Lowerison. Project manager Alberta Inflammatory Bowel Disease Consortium.
  18. Kim Ford. Research coordinator Alberta Inflammatory Bowel Disease Consortium.
  19. Mailin Martin. Research coordinator Alberta Inflammatory Bowel Disease Consortium.
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