Animal Science and Technology: Ensuring Food Security

As our society enters into a new era of opportunities, the 2017 program committee will build upon our recent successes and continue to revitalize our annual meeting. This year, the program will offer symposia that feature current issues, technologies and scientific discoveries under the umbrella of global food security. We are soliciting full symposia on topics linking to our meeting theme that include expert speakers both within and outside of the circle of animal scientists. Symposia that feature new faces and rising stars are encouraged. To further expose membership to leading scientists and unify short presentations within a topic, platform speakers will be introduced as anchors to existing sessions. These subtle changes allow for the incorporation of greater numbers of talented speakers into the program by removing structured programmatic barriers. We are excited to begin creating the 2017 annual meeting and ask for your input on both symposia and platform speakers. 

Important Deadlines


March 1: Abstract Submission Deadline

March 6: Reviewer Assignments from chairs due

March 20: Accept/Reject Decisions due from reviewers

March 27: Accept/Reject Decisions due from chairs

March 30: Presenting author nonmember registration deadline 

April 3: Assembled Sessions due from chairs

April 4: Overall Program Chair and Program Director sort through sessions

April 5th or 6th: Overall Program Committee Call over session schedule

April 7: Overall program chair finalize schedule and rooms

April 10: Chairs able to review schedule

April 12:  Chair comments on schedule due 

April 21:  Oral presentation pre-load opens

May 8: Program draft online

May 8: Abstract Book to Committee for review

May 23: Final Program Book and Abstract Book Online 

May 26: Early Reg deadline

June 5: e-Poster Submissions due

June 9:  Launch Meeting App

July 3: Oral presentation pre-load closes

July 8-12: Meeting takes place

Have Questions? Here's who to ask:

Abstract Submission and Programming Deadlines
Samantha Walker, ASAS Program Director

Changes to Meeting Structure
Dr. Sally Johnson, Overall Program Chair


Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, ASAS CEO

Housing, Special Event Requests and On-Site Logistics
Justin Bartlet, ASAS Director of Meetings

ASAS/CSAS Membership, Meeting Registration and Invitation Letters
Attention: Melissa Burnett, ASAS Membership Manager

Attention: Lindsey Burnett, ASAS Membership Manager

Jacelyn Hemmelgarn, ASAS COO

Attention: Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, ASAS CEO

Overall Program Committee

 Overall Program Chair  Sally Johnson
 Vice Chair  Jack Whittier

 2nd Vice Chair  Elizabeth Kegley

 SSR Liaison  Debora Hamernik

 At Large Committee Member  Geoffrey Dahl

 At Large Committee Member  Philippe Moriel

 At Large Committee Member  Chad Stahl

 CSAS Representative  Filippo Miglior

Symposia Schedule

 Saturaday, July 8, 2017 (Preconference)

 All Day


BOLFA Symposium: The Biology of Lactation- From Genes to Cells to Milk

 ASN Symposium: Topic TBD
 Sunday, July 9, 2017

 Morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Afternoon, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Feed Safety in the Horse Industry: How Safe is the Feed They Consume?

 Ruminant Nutrition Symposium: Topic TBD

EAAP/CDGKB/International Symposium: Topic TBD

CSAS Symposium: From One to All Biological Components – The New Approach of System Biology


Companion Animal: Milk Across the Mammalian Kingdom

Meat Science and Muscle Biology: International Perspectives on Animal handling and Welfare

 Monday, July 10, 2017
 All Day

PANCOSMA Comparative Gut Physiology Symposium: All About Appetitie Regulation

 Research Technology for Cattle Symposium: Title TBD
 Morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Afternoon, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ARPAS Symposium: Corporate Considerations for Animal Welfare and Husbandry

 Tuesday, July 11, 2017
 Morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM  Afternoon, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

How do we Define Sustainability Metrics for the Livestock Sector: What is Feasible and Achievable?

Cover Crops in Livestock Production: Whole-system Approach


Graduate Student Symposium: Title TBD 

 Lunch Panel and Symposium on Funding Agencies: Title TBD
 Small Ruminant Symposium on Biomedical Models: Small Ruminants as Biomedical Models of Human Health and Disease  

Contemporary and Emerging Issues: National Security Depends on Food Security 

 Swine Symposium: Topic TBD  

ASAS Cell Biology Symposium: Male Reproduction

 Exercise Physiology Symposium I: Performance Dogs  Exercise Physiology Symposium II: Equine

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 No Afternoon Sessions - ASAS Business Meeting

 The History of adipocyte/adipose tissue research in meat animals
 Big Data Analytics and Precision Animal Agriculture   
 Fetal Programming Symposium: Title TBD  

Platform Speakers

ASAS and CSAS are looking to refocus on 12 minute talks by reducing the number of symposia and adding 45 minute talks to the beginning of general sessions. The 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show Overall Program Committee is looking for submissions from both committees and the general membership for platform speakers.

Submission closed.

Get Involved - Volunteer as a Reviewer

While committee members are expected to act as reviewers, committees often have to seek outside help to get through large numbers of abstract submissions. 

If you want to get involved as a reviewer send an email to with the subject line "Get involved - Annual 2017"

Annual 2017 Program Information for Committees

How to Navigate Confex Tutorial

ASAS Staff had to reopen the abstract submission site for 24 hours due to a technical error. The Youtube tutorial videos on how to use the Confex System will be posted March 3rd in the afternoon. 

Still have questions? Call Samantha Walker 217-530-4055.

Travel Reimbursement

Registration for all invited speakers, regardless of their membership status, is waived for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Nonmember speakers are also entitled to limited travel reimbursement.

Travel Reimbursement Policy

Symposium proposal submission is closed. If you have an extension, send the proposal to Samantha Walker at

BOLFA Symposium: The Biology of Lactation- From Genes to Cells to Milk

 Bob Collier
University of Arizona

 Historical perspectives of lactation biology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries

Mike Akers
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

Plasticity of mammary development in the prepubertal bovine mammary gland

Russell Hovey
University of California

Dietary regulation of allometric ductal growth in the mammary glands

Steve Davis
Livestock Improvement Corporation, New Zealand

Quantitative regulation of mammary development

Marie-France Palin
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Adipokines affect mammary growth and function in farm animals

Tom McFadden
University of Wisconsin 

Lactational adaptations to environmental challenges

Geoff Dahl
University of Florida

Programming and epigenetic impacts of late gestation heat stress in dairy cattle

Laura Hernandez
University of Wisconsin 

Serotonin and the regulation of calcium transport in dairy cows

Rupert Bruckmaier
University of Bern, Switzerland

Pathogen-specific immune response and changes in the blood-milk barrier in the bovine mammary gland

ASN Symposium





Undergraduate Lunch and Learn: Fueling the Future

 Join us for lunch between scientific sessions and get excited about a future career in Animal Science! Many of you are likely going to begin choosing what career you want, but may be unsure of the path you may want to take. Come join us for lunch and hear from a group of professionals who want you to know all of the opportunities there are for Animal Science major! Dr. Jodi Sterle and Dr. Jay Daniel will share information about the current dynamics of students in Animal Science. Dr. Matt Ritter from Elanco Animal Health and Dr. Derris Burnett from Mississippi State University will also be discussing how they landed in their current careers. The lunch will end in a round table discussion to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions to fuel your career aspirations in Animal Science.

Jodi Sterle
Iowa State University


Jay Daniel
Berry Collage


Derris Burnett
Mississippi State University 


Matt Ritter
Elanco Animal Health


Feed Safety in the Horse Industry: How Safe is the Feed they Consume?

 Preston Buff
American Feed Industry Association 

 Technology of feed production and the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Joe Pagan
Kentucky Equine Research

International safety for the elite athlete

Karyn Bischoff
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Toxicology of contaminated feed and how it affects horses

EAAP/CDGKB/International Symposium





CSAS Symposium: Healthy food from healthy animals, the emergence of functional foods

 Heather Bruce
University of Alberta


Payam Vahmani
Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada 


Alison Duncan
University of Guelph


Xin Zhao
McGill University


Companion Animal: Milk Across the Mammalian Kingdom

 The positive effects of breast feeding are well accepted in human nutrition, but considered less in companion animal nutrition. Similarly, there are a variety of weaning and early nutrition management strategies that are considered by dog breeders. Furthermore, early development is becoming far more appreciated to profoundly predict the adult phenotype. Therefore, an understanding of lactational management could help to improve the outcome of our most valuable canine and feline animals. This symposium will focus on current and emerging knowledge regarding lactational management, the nutrient composition of milk in companion and exotic animals, and considerations for future research in this arena.

Beth Kitts-Morgan
Lincoln Memorial University, College of Veterinary Medicine


Katie Hinde
Harvard University

How variation in mother’s milk and behavioral care influences development, what we can we apply to dogs?

John Cant
University of Guelph

The physiological and biochemical regulation of milk synthesis among species. Can we milk that bitch?

Michael Powers

Comparative nutrition during lactation

Norbert Sprenger
Nestle Research Centre

Changes in milk oligosaccharides over time of lactation from different dog breeds

Ruminant Nutrition

 Rod Mackie
Department of Animal Science, Illinois

 Bioenergetic targets for controlling growth of rumen bacteria; insights into the molecular mode of action of monensin

Kristi Cammack
South Dakota State University

Influences on the Rumen Microbiome and Potential for Improved Performance

Derek Brake
South Dakota State University

Effects of postruminal flows of protein and amino acids on small intestinal starch digestion in cattle.

CSAS Symposium: From one to all biological components – the new approach of System Biology

Juan Loor
University of Illinois


Burim Ametaj
University of Alberta


Ehsan Khafipour
University of Manitoba


Angela Canovas
University of Guelph


Meat Science and Muscle Biology: International Perspectives on Animal handling and Welfare

 Animal handling and assuring animal welfare continues to be both a challenge and an area of improvement and research for the meat industry. We propose a line-up of speakers each focused on a different species. Each speaker will address the issues of animal handling pertaining to their species with special attention on the biology or biological mechanisms that lead to those issues or suggest strategies to overcome those challenges.

Luigi Faucitano
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Carmen Gallo
Universidad Austral De, Chile


Trever Crowe
University of Saskatchewan


PANCOSMA Comparative Gut Physiology Symposium: All About Appetitie Regulation

 Significant progress has been made in the last decade in elucidating the importance of appetite regulation in human health as well as livestock production. The underlying mechanisms include but not limit to the neuronal and endocrine regulation of gut function and responses and interactions with the central nervous system. This symposium will highlight again the neuroendocrine system, "Mini-Brain within the Gut", and the importance of appetite regulation in livestock industry. The comparative approach helps researchers in this area and students by emphasizing the biological commonalities between species and sharing of concepts and methodology.

Timothy Moran
The John Hopkins University

The role of gut hormones and hypothalamus in appetite regulation

Mike Allen
Michigan State University

Effects of metabolic fuels on appetite regulation and energy balance of dairy cows

Soraya Shirazi-Beechey
University of Liverpool

Role of intestinal nutrient sensors in secretion of satiety hormones regulating appetite

Maria de Godoy
University of Illinois, Urbana

Dietary effects on appetite regulation in companion animals

Erin Connor
United States Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Research Service

Olfactory receptor variation and appetite regulation

Gary Frost
Imperial College London

Appetite regulation by the interactions of peripheral signals: hormones, nutrients, and neuronal signals

ARPAS Symposium: Understanding Both Animal Needs and Consumer Demands in Animal Agriculture Transparency

Mike Siemens
Cargill, Global Leader

Animal Welfare & Husbandry

Janeen Salak-Johnson
Department of Animal Science, University of Illinois

Using the science of animal wellbeing to establish policy versus consumer perception

Collette Schultz Kaster
Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc.

Creating auditor training and certifications to meet the expectations of livestock production stakeholders

Dr. Daniel Thomson
Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, Kansas State

Successes and opportunities from beef quality assurance training

Research Technology for Cattle Symposium: TBD





Swine Symposium: TBD





Small Ruminant Symposium on Biomedical Models: Small Ruminants as Biomedical Models of Human Health and Disease

 Sean Limesand
University of Arizona


Colin Clay
Colorado State University


Heather Gray-Edwards
Auburn University

AAV gene therapy in a Sheep Model of Tay-Sachs disease.

Charles Roselli
Oregon Health Sciences 


Graduate Student Symposium

 Sarah Reed
University of Connecticut


John Gonzalez
Kansas State University


Greg Lardy
North Dakota State University


Connie Larson
Zinpro Corporation


How do we Define Sustainability Metrics for the Livestock Sector: What is Feasible and Achievable?

 Sara Place
Director of Sustainability NCBA


Roberta Osborne
Supplier Quality Manager Chobani


Sanda Vijn
Director of Food Sustainability, World Wildlife Fund


Todd Armstrong
Senior Director of Global Market Access, Elanco


Allison Leach
University of New Hampshire


Marty Matlock
University of Arkansas


Cover Crops in Livestock Production: Whole-system Approach

 Mary Drewnoski
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 Can cover crops pull double duty: conservation and economical forage production?

David Archer
United States Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Research Service

Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems and Cover Crop Grazing in the Northern Great Plains

Paulo César de Faccio Carvalho
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil 

Animal production and soil characteristics from Integrated Crop-Livestock systems: towards sustainable intensification

(Sandra) Leanne Dillard
United States Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Research Service

Brassicas and Annual Forages: Influence on Animal Performance and Water/Nutrient Management

Richard Teague
Texas A&M University

Managing Grazing to Restore Soil Health and Ranch Livelihoods

Exercise Physiology (Equine)

 Tim Lightfoot
Texas A&M University

 The use of the horse as a translational model for human exercise physiology

Sarah White
Texas A&M University

Of mice, men, and muscle: improving the equine athlete

Robert Jacobs

Feeding the equine athlete

Exercise Physiology (Dogs)





ASAS Cell Biology: Male Reproduction

 Chris Govoni


Peter Sutovsky 


Ina Dobrinski


Andrea Cupp 


Kyle Orwig


Growth and Development Symposium: History of adipocyte/adipose tissue research in meat animals

 Gary J. Hausman
Animal and Dairy Science Department, University of Georgia 

 History of carcass composition, fat depot and marbling research in meat animals

Werner G. Bergen
Animal Sciences Department, Auburn University

History of adipose tissue metabolism research in meat animals.

Terry D. Etherton
Department of Animal Science, Penn State University

History of adipocyte cellularity research in meat animals.

Terry D. Brandebourg
Animal Sciences Department, Auburn University

Molecular regulation of adipose tissue in meat animals.

Shih-Torng Ding
Department of Animal Science and Technology, National Taiwan University

Regulation of the differentiation of porcine adipose-derived stem cells to adipocytes by adipokines and fatty acids.

Big Data Analytics and Precision Animal Agriculture

 Gota Morota
University of Nebraska

 Applications of Data Mining and Prediction Methods to Animal Sciences

Guilherme Rosa
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graphical Modeling and Causal Inference using Farm-recorded Data

Brad White
Kansas State

Data to Decisions from Remote Cattle Monitoring

Joao Dorea
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mining Farm- and Animal-Level Data to Optimize Dairy and Beef Cattle Production

Fetal Programming Symposium: TBD