NRDems Forum: Virtual Roundtable: Crossing the Species Barrier: The Growing Threat of Wildlife Disease to Human Health and What We Can Do About It

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Time: 01:00 PM

On Tuesday, May 19, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will lead a roundtable discussion on limiting the spread of wildlife-borne diseases to humans. Speakers will discuss how the House’s newly passed Heroes Act improves research and testing for diseases at risk of being passed to humans and how federal agencies can protect the public from animal-to-human disease transmission.


  • Chair Grijalva
  • Daniel Ashe, President and CEO, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Former Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Christine Kreuder Johnson, Professor of Epidemiology and Ecosystem Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Leslie Dierauf, Former Director, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Retired Wildlife Veterinarian
  • Dave Jessup, Former Executive Director, Wildlife Disease Association, Retired Wildlife Veterinarian