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Summer Research Project Explores Anti-Protozoan Properties of Algae

Aug 2, 2016 / Research News

While practicing as a livestock veterinarian in a rural setting in Zambia, Dr. William Witola quickly noticed that the medicine given to sheep infected with parasites was not working like it was supposed to. A desire to learn more about these parasites led Dr. Witola to return to the University of Zambia for a master’s...

[Dr. Timothy Fan]

Scientists Test Nanoparticle Drug Delivery in Dogs with Bone Cancer

Jul 26, 2016 / General News

At the University of Illinois, an engineer teamed up with a veterinarian to test a bone cancer drug delivery system in animals bigger than the standard animal model, the mouse. They chose dogs – mammals closer in size and biology to humans – with naturally occurring bone cancers, which also are a lot like human...

[Marion Dellinger in the Bell Lab]

French Student Immersed in Fish Behavior over Summer

Jul 21, 2016 / General News

Marion Dellinger traveled 4,130 miles from Nantes, France, to dedicate her summer to studying a fish only two inches long. A student at the National Veterinary School of Nantes, Dellinger was one of three French veterinary students selected for a competitive scholarship from Merial, a veterinary pharmaceutical company, to participate in summer research programs in...

[dog and cat]

Clinical Trials Make Cancer Surgical Innovation Available to Pets

Jul 21, 2016 / General News

Pets with Cancer Sought for Two Trials A new surgical imaging tool developed on the University of Illinois campus is being used by a veterinary surgical oncologist there to determine whether all the cancerous cells of a tumor have been removed. Two clinical trials conducted by Dr. Laura Selmic will help introduce this new approach,...

[Dr. Susan Schantz]

Report: A Host of Common Chemicals Endanger Child Brain Development

Jul 1, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. The chemicals that are of most concern include lead and mercury; organophosphate pesticides used in agriculture and...

[Dr. Timothy Fan and Dr. Paul Hergenrother]

Human Trials of Cancer Drug Continue with New Investment

May 24, 2016 / Research News

Clinical trials of the anti-cancer agent PAC-1 are continuing to expand, thanks to a $7 million angel investment from an anonymous contributor who originally invested $4 million to help get the compound this far in the drug-approval pipeline. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also granted PAC-1 orphan drug status for the treatment of glioblastoma...

[Kristopher Kilian, graduate student Junmin Lee and Timothy Fan]

Shape of Tumor May Affect Whether Cells Can Metastasize

Apr 27, 2016 / Research News

Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells, according to a new University of Illinois study. Using engineered tissue environments in various shapes...

[dead baby dolphin on a beach]

Study Links Fetal and Newborn Dolphin Deaths to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Apr 12, 2016 / Research News

Scientists have finalized a five-year study of newborn and fetal dolphins found stranded on beaches in the northern Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2013. Their study, reported in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, identified substantial differences between fetal and newborn dolphins found stranded inside and outside the areas affected by the 2010 Deepwater...

[Robin Holland and her dog on the UI quad]

NIH Award Broadens Impact for DVM-PhD Student

Apr 11, 2016 / Pathobiology

Federal Award Advances Clinician-Scientist Careers Robin Holland, a student in the Veterinary Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her training for a career in research. Holland received an NIH Ruth L....

College Research Day Features Authority in Zoo Reproductive Management

Mar 15, 2016 / General News

Celebrate research at the college on April 20 Dr. Cheryl Asa, who pioneered the field of wildlife reproductive research, will deliver the keynote address, entitled “The Role of Reproductive Management in Maintaining Sustainable Animal Populations: The Need for Translational Science,” at the annual Research Day celebration at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine...