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Ronald F. DiGiacomo, VMD, MPH


Professor Emeritus, Comparative Medicine (primary department)
Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology


Contact Information
University of Washington
Box 357236
1959 NE Pacific Street
F-359 Health Sciences
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-221-6345
Fax: 206-543-8525
giacomo@u.washington.edu


Research Interests

Dr. DiGiacomo's major research interest involves the epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly the molecular characterization of infectious agents (molecular epidemiology) and diseases transmissible from animals to humans (zoonoses).

Teaching Interests
Dr. DiGiacomo is involved in teaching three courses in Epidemiology: "Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases" and "Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases", which explores the use of molecular biologic techniques to characterize infectious agents in order to elucidate epidemiologic features of diseases, and "Epidemiology of Diseases Communicable from Nature (Zoonotic Diseases)", a course in infectious diseases transmissible from animals to humans. He also works with the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice teaching epidemiology to public health workers.

Education
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington 1974
VMD, University of Pennsylvania 1965

Selected Publications
Koszdin, K.L. and DiGiacomo, R.F. Outbreak: Detection and Investigation. Cont. Top. Lab. Anim. Sci.41:18-27, 2002.

Davis, M.A., Hancock, D.D., Rice, D.H., Call, D.R., DiGiacomo, R., Samadpour, M. and Besser, T. Feedstuffs as a vehicle of cattle exposure to Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica. Vet. Micro. 95:199-210, 2003.

Hankenson, F.C., Johnston, N.A., Weigler, B.J. and DiGiacomo, R.F. Zoonoses of occupational health importance in contemporary laboratory animal research. Comp. Med. 53:579-601,2003.

Weigler, B.J., DiGiacomo, R.F. and Alexander, S. A. national survey of laboratory animal workers concerning occupational risks for zoonotic diseases, Comp. Med. 55:183-191, 2005.

Jacobs J., Guthrie B.L., Montes G.A., Jacobs L.E., Mickey-Colman N., Wilson A.R., DiGiacomo R. Homeopathic combination remedy in the treatment of acute childhood diarrhea in Honduras. Altern. Complement. Med. 12:723-732, 2006.

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