Cohen Discusses Epidemiology in the 2011 Milne Lecture

Texas A&M professor Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, shared with equine practitioners how to more effectively interpret and apply results of clinical research studies to day-to-day practice during his Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture.

The honorary lecture was held today (Nov. 20) during the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) 2011 Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas. During his lecture, Cohen provided equine practitioners with skills derived from epidemiology to help interpret and use results from clinical research studies in everyday practice.

A recognized authority in equine infectious diseases, epidemiology, and internal medicine, Cohen is the director of the Equine Infectious Disease Laboratory at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. In addition, he holds a master’s of Public Health and doctorate in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health).

Cohen has presented numerous lectures nationally and internationally on applying principles of epidemiology--the branch of medical science concerned with the occurrence, transmission, and control of diseases--to specific areas of equine practice, including racing injuries, gastrointestinal disease, evidence-based medicine, and infectious disease. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 16 book chapters. His advisory roles include serving on the boards for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Morris Animal Foundation, and USA Equestrian.

Cohen received the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research in 2001, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Research Award in 2002, and the Intervet/Schering Plough/World Equine Veterinary Association Applied Equine Research Award in 2008. He delivered the John Hickman Memorial Lecture at the British Equine Veterinary Association’s Congress in 2002. He is an honorary diplomate of the American Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He considers his role as an instructor to Texas A&M veterinary and graduate students his greatest contribution to the veterinary profession. 

The Frank J. Milne Lecture debuted at the 1997 Annual Convention in Phoenix, Ariz.  Named for AAEP past president and distinguished life member Frank J. Milne, the lecture series features "state-of-the-art information on subjects and techniques considered important by the equine veterinary profession.

The AAEP Annual Convention and Trade Show is the world’s largest continuing education event for equine veterinarians. For more information about the 2011 Annual Convention, visit

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