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[Pretzel, a brain cancer patient treated with PAC-1)

PAC-1 Trial in Humans with Brain Cancer Extended

Nov 28, 2017 / General News

Dogs with brain tumors responded well to PAC-1 drug combo A drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct has been cleared for use in a clinical trial of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor, and glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive late-stage cancer of the brain. This phase Ib trial will determine if the...

[William Helferich, Jodi Flaws, James Hartman]

Study: Genistein May Adversely Affect Female Fertility

Nov 15, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

Genistein is found in dietary supplements Exposure to the phytoestrogen genistein prior to conception may adversely affect female fertility and pregnancy outcomes, depending on the dosage and duration of exposure, a new study in mice suggests. Chronic preconception exposure to genistein affected pregnancy rates in mice and was associated with prolonged labor, smaller litters and...

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Graduate Students Shine at Campus Competition

Nov 9, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

Vet Med Steals the Show The College of Veterinary Medicine continued its excellent showing at the Research Live! competition sponsored by the University of Illinois Graduate College. The competition, now in its third year, has featured veterinary medicine graduate students every year. During the first year, Robin Holland, who is in the college’s combined DVM-PhD...

Dr. Megan Mahoney and Katherine Hatcher

Mahoney Receives Research Funding from Carle Illinois

Sep 29, 2017 / General News

Dr. Megan Mahoney, associate professor of comparative biosciences, will receive $50,000 from a Carle Foundation and University of Illinois initiative for a research project that will focus on the impact of hormonal changes and environmental chemicals on sleep disruptions in menopausal women. She has an extensive research background studying hormones and biological rhythms, and is...

[Dr. Loukis Agapis and Mandy Erdei at CCHS]

A Summer of Love: Studying Stress Reduction for Shelter Cats

Sep 25, 2017 / General News

Study Looks at Acupuncture for Shelter Cats Mandy Erdei has a special place in her heart for shelter animals. Not only did she grow up with dogs adopted from shelters, but she herself is adopted. “I’m happy to pursue any opportunity to increase an animal’s chance of getting adopted into a forever home,” she says....

[Dr. Edward adn Mrs. Virginia Voss]

Pathobiology Celebrates Research with Donors, Student Award Winners

Sep 18, 2017 / Giving Stories

On Friday, Aug. 25, five PhD students and two master’s degree students were recognized for their research at the annual Voss Pathobiology Graduate Student Research Expo at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The PhD award winners and their projects are: 1st Place—Jingjun Lin: Proper exiting of competence state benefits Streptococcus pneumoniae D39...

[Peter D. Constable and a calf]

Paper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calves

Aug 18, 2017 / Research News

Findings have implications for human patients Clinical signs such as gastrointestinal problems or septic arthritis may be better predictors of mortality in neonatal calves with diarrhea than blood pH levels and other laboratory findings, a new study suggests. The research also may finally resolve a century-old debate among scientists about the blood pH levels needed...

Study: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fight Inflammation via Cannabinoids

Jul 19, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions...

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Five Veterinary Faculty Among Medical College Inaugural 100

May 8, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

Five faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine are among the 100 prominent researchers, administrators, and medical professionals named to the faculty of the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine. The medical college is a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System,...

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First-Year Vet Student Racks up First Scholarly Publication

Apr 12, 2017 / General News

What Kills the Fungus that Kills the Snakes? Having a journal article published during veterinary school is definitely a notable accomplishment—especially if it has already been cited several times since its publication in February 2016. Marta Rzadkowska, a first-year veterinary student at Illinois, is one of the co-authors of a publication titled, “Evaluation of Common...