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Dr. Lois HoyerI’m delighted to have Dr. Lois Hoyer leading our Office of Research and Advanced Studies. She added that role to her teaching and research commitment in January, following the retirement of Dr. Ned Hahn, who had ably served as associate dean for research and advanced studies since 2002.

Dr. Hoyer brings a passion for linking research-oriented students and research faculty with the contacts and resources they need to succeed. Her joint appointment in the campus Institute for Genomic Biology and her service on several NIH review panels will facilitate new collaborations with researchers across campus and beyond.

Dr. Hoyer joined our Pathobiology faculty in 1996 and attained the rank of professor in 2008. Her research interest is in infectious disease, studying the biology and pathogenesis of Candida albicans.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Hoyer to her new position.


New Oncology Clinical Trial for Dogs

Our Cancer Care Clinic is seeking dogs with suspected or confirmed treatment-naïve appendicular osteosarcoma with no existing kidney, liver, heart or bone marrow disease for a clinical trial of bone-seeking nanoparticles encapsulating doxorubicin. All dogs will be treated with a single infusion, and, reevaluated weekly with additional diagnostics. Amputations of the diseased leg will be performed.

View the full protocol here, or call Nancy George at 217-244-7789 for additional information.

The VetMouseTrap Sets its Sights on Nasal Disease

Our imaging services team has found a new application for its innovative VetMouseTrap— nasal disease. This Plexiglas tube provides a safe, supportive environment for cats undergoing CT scans and eliminates the need for general anesthesia. Any cat with evidence of nasal disease (runny nose, sneezing, or bump on the nose) is eligible to enroll in this study. In addition to the CT, a free eye exam and a $150 voucher for the required additional nasal work will be provided. For more information, email Susan Hartmann, imaging clinical coordinator, at shman@illinois.edu.


  • And the Winners Are...

Now that you've won your Oscar pool, it's time to nominate a colleague or classmate for the 2010 Alumni & Special Service awards. Nominations are due, May 1, 2010, and can be sent to: University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Advancement Office, 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802.

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Wonder what your colleagues and classmates have been up to? Find out and share your latest news, too. Visit the site at vetmed.illinois.edu/advancement/alumni and email your updates to advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu

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Visit our 2010 Vet Med Open House site.

Vet Med Open House 2010Join us on Sunday, April 11,
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Small Animal Medicine Continuing Education Series: Evening of Oncology, April 13, Chicago, Ill.
Feline Dentistry Lecture and Laboratory, April 17-18, Chicago, Ill.
Veterinary Technician Conference, April 24-25, Urbana, Ill.
New Implants for Old Problems: SOP Locking Plate System and Pancarpal Arthrodesis Using the Castless PCA Plate, May 15, Chicago, Ill.
Small Animal Medicine Continuing Education Series: End of Life Communication, May 20, Chicago, Ill.
Introduction to Laparoscopic Surgery, June 5-6, Urbana, Ill.
Canine Oral Surgery Intensive Short Course, July 9-10, Urbana, Ill.
Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopy and Thorascopy, July 10-11, Urbana, Ill.
Canine Oral Surgery Intensive Short Course, August 6-7, Urbana, Ill.
Fall Conference for Veterinarians, September 9-10, Champaign, Ill.

Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/ to learn more about continuing education programs.



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Bio TechUniversity of Illinois 2010 BIO Open House

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 7-10 pm
Trump Tower, Chicago, Ill.

Join fellow Illini and University faculty working in Biotech research.


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Pet U: Learning to Care for Pets

This series, offered in both Urbana and Chicago, provides pet owners with information relevant to the daily care of their companion animals.

Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/petu/ for 2010 session information.

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