'Biosensors and future impact' spotlight of Nov. 19 virtual event

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

OLATHE — Kansas City One Health Day is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. The all virtual event will be conducted via Zoom.

This year's topic explores how biosensors are used in measuring biological, chemical and physical signs of health, and how they will continue changing the fields of human and animal health and environmental science.

"Biosensors are revolutionizing One Health fields, particularly medical research and health care practices for humans and animals," said Dennis Ridenour, President and CEO of BioNexus KC. "Because these sensors collect continuous, real-time data through non-invasive means, they create a data pipeline that will be fundamental to informing personalized medicines and therapeutics, and ultrasensitive point-of-care detection for markers of disease."

One Health describes the complex interrelationships between human, animal and environmental health and how each influence the others.

The event features short presentations by experts from human, animal and environmental health fields. They will discuss how biosensors are advancing these fields and how the data that's being collected can be used in other disciplines. Keynote speakers are:

• John Lagemann, senior vice president of sales and marketing for John Deere;

• Sue Wernimont, associate director at Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.;

• Scott Burgett, director of health and engineering at Garmin Ltd.

The presentations will conclude with a short panelist roundtable that will answer questions from the audience.

The event concludes with student scholarships. High school and college students competed in a virtual poster presentation in which they discussed their One Health-related research in a short, pre-recorded video. These videos will be available on K-State Olathe's YouTube channel following Kansas City One Health Day.

Kansas City One Health Day stems from a partnership with K-State Olathe, Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, BioNexus KC and BioKansas. The groups are working to promote and advance bioscience research and discovery in Greater Kansas City, which is home to more than 240 life science companies with approximately 30,000 employees. The region's scientists, companies and institutions regularly collaborate on life sciences research, helping further position Greater Kansas City as a national leader in One Health.

Registration is $10 and can be completed through EventBrite on BioNexus KC's website. Ticket sales will fund scholarships for students who conduct One Health-related research.

Kansas City One Health Day concludes BioNexus KC's One Health Research Symposium, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16-18 online. Each day looks at a different use of biosensors and wearable sensors and includes a career panel discussion.