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Fred Kummerow in his laboratory, he has spent his career battling trans fats

A Minute With… Fred Kummerow on the FDA’s Ban On Trans Fats

Jun 5, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, now 100, first reported a link between dietary trans fats and heart disease in 1957. Trained in lipid biochemistry, Kummerow later determined the mechanisms by which trans fats contributed to atherosclerosis in patients with heart disease. In 2009, he petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban trans fats from...

blue-gloved hands hold a frog and wipe its yellow belly with a swab to diagnose diseases in ampibians

Task Force Looks at Diseases in Amphibians, Reptiles

May 30, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), a North American conservation network devoted to amphibians and reptiles and their habitats, recently formed a task force to coordinate response to disease outbreaks impacting those species. Matt Allender, DVM, PhD, of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, along with Matt Gray, PhD, from the University...

3D depiction of the production of steroid hormones, BPA

Flaws’ BPA Research Inspires YouTube Video

May 12, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

A group of undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania recently created a video influenced by Dr. Jodi Flaws, professor of comparative biosciences at Illinois. Dr. Flaws specializes in research involving factors such as toxicants that can affect the female reproductive system. One of Dr. Flaws’ recent research projects looked at how bisphenol A (BPA),...

[Chicago dog outdoors]

Update on Canine Influenza Outbreak

Apr 21, 2015 / General News

Illinois dog owners should minimize their dog’s exposure to other dogs, if at all possible. Update, May 26: Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine explored the question of whether the canine influenza vaccines available in the United States are protective against the newly emerged strain by comparing the two viral strains at the genetic...

[two events for Wildlife Medical Clinic on April 4]

‘Baby Shower,’ Visual Workshop Support Local Wildlife on Saturday

Mar 31, 2015 / General News

On Saturday, April 4, local wildlife fans will have two opportunities to learn more about and support the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides care for 1,500 ill or injured animals every year. The annual Wildlife Baby Shower, a free event to be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at...

[Proud to announce new college, new medicine]

University Board Votes to Establish Engineering-Based College of Medicine

Mar 12, 2015 / General News

Partners in a first-of-its-kind medical college on the University of Illinois’s Urbana-Champaign campus are advancing to the next phase of development, having completed a key administrative step. The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday, March 12, to establish the nation’s first college of medicine focused, from the beginning, on the intersection...

May 1 Symposium Examines Health Impacts of Algal Blooms

Mar 9, 2015 / General News

Register today for a mini-symposium that will address contemporary issues related to harmful cyanobacterial algal blooms and their impacts on human, animal, and environmental health. The symposium will begin with four speakers, followed by a panel discussion featuring additional experts in the field, and concluding with a roundtable discussion focused on identifying research directions as...

[Therese Eggett and Lucienne Burrus]

Diagnostic Lab Staff Wins $4K Recycling Grant

Feb 27, 2015 / General News

“In a typical week our unit disposes of 12 pounds of clean plastics,” noted Lucienne Burrus, a research technician in the Molecular Section of the college’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, in a proposal she and her colleague Therese Eggett submitted to the campus Student Sustainability Committee. But this year, with the $4,040 Sustain Award their proposal...

[mobile surgery unit]

Shelter Medicine Gains Mobile Surgical Unit

Feb 6, 2015 / General News

In January 2015, the college’s shelter medicine program hit the road in style with a new mobile surgical unit funded through a grant from PetSmart Charities. The $323,000 grant, received on October 23, 2013, also covers expenses for supplies and funds an intern veterinarian and a veterinary technician. In the first year with this funding,...