Dr. Kathryn Meurs addresses the audience during her presentation about genetics and cardiology April 21 at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Philip Johnson, a professor of equine medicine at the MU CVM, gives a commemorative plaque to Dr. Kathryn Meurs to thank her for presenting the Niemeyer Lecture.
Dr. Kathryn Meurs presented the lecture “Choosing Genetics as a Tool to Understand Cardiology” April 21, 2011, at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Her presentation was part of the Niemeyer Lecture Series.
Meurs is the Richard L. Ott Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Research at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Her research interests include familial cardiac disease, particularly cardiomyopathies. She earned her DVM at the University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine. She undertook an internship at North Carolina State University and completed a residency in clinical cardiology at Texas A&M University where she also earned a PhD. She pursued a post-doctoral fellowship with the Texas Heart Institute.
The Kenneth and Margaret Niemeyer Visiting Lecture Fund sponsored her presentation. Dr. Kenneth and Margaret Niemeyer established the fund in 1986 to defray expenses of individuals brought to the CVM to deliver scientific lectures to veterinary students, faculty and other interested individuals. Kenneth Niemeyer is a 1955 graduate from the MU CVM and was a long-time faculty member at the college who also served as associate dean of academic and student affairs until the time of his retirement. He was instrumental in the campaign for the funding of Clydesdale Hall and assisted with the actual construction oversight on behalf of the Dean’s Office. The Niemeyers remain active with the college and continue to help promote the college and the veterinary profession.