Vale DRS Banks and Copeman

Skerratt, Lee (2006) Vale DRS Banks and Copeman. Australian Veterinary Journal, 84 (9). p. 302.

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[Extract] The two papers on echinococcosis in this issue describe part of the work of Dr David Banks during his PhD at James Cook University from 1981 to 1984, under the supervision of Associate Professor Bruce Copeman. Both men died recently, David in a plane crash at Lockhart River in 2005 and Bruce from multiple myeloma in 2006. David's early death led Bruce to finalise and submit their draft manuscripts for publication. Their work together during David's PhD along with the work of Dr Chris Baldock was instrumental in determining the epidemiology of echinococcosis in cattle in Australia. Researchers in this field have known of their work and have referred to it in their publications (see Jenkins et al. 2005, International Journal of Parasitology, volume 35, pages 1205–1219). David and Bruce were prevented from publishing these papers earlier due to the enormous workloads in their careers, which they appeared to accept with good humour. They were talented individuals whose skills and expertise were always in demand. David became the principal scientist of Biosecurity Australia and devoted much of his life to eradicating and preventing the spread of important animal diseases. Bruce was one of the key teaching and research parasitologists in the tropics for over 30 years. He supervised 52 postgraduate students including David, many of whom became senior scientists within their respective countries.

Item ID: 28057
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1751-0813
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 23:41
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110803 Medical Parasitology @ 100%
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