Illinois VetNews



What's it like to be responsible for protecting 48,000 bison and 17 imperiled species on 1.8 million acres of privately owned U.S. wildlife preserve? For the past 9 years that's been the job of Dr. Dave Hunter, the veterinarian for media mogul Ted Turner's programs in biodiversity conservation.

Dr. Hunter kicked off the fall Seminar Series on Translational Biomedical Research on September 10. He spoke about the need to look beyond the agent-host relationship and address the total health of the ecosystem when dealing with wildlife diseases.

Ecosystem health, stem cell therapy, and cross-species infectious disease are themes explored throughout the seminar series this semester. Held Mondays at noon on the Vet Med campus, the seminars will bring outstanding international speakers focused on interdisciplinary collaborations that "translate" fundamental research discoveries into practical biomedical applications to improve human and animal health and society.

Translational research is a priority in our College. We have world-class faculty in areas ranging from reproductive biology, oncology, and endocrine disease to the ecology of infectious disease, host-pathogen interactions, and environmental toxicology. Discoveries from our College will advance medicine to benefit animal and human lives.

We welcome everyone to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn from the rich matrix of ideas presented here. Veterinarians who attend the TBR seminars can earn one hour of free continuing education credit. To receive weekly notices of Vet Med seminars, please contact me at --Herb


Helpline Student Founder Returns for Anniversary Celebration
Dr. Julia Brannan, Class of 2000, will be a special guest at the Oskee Bow Wow fund-raiser for the CARE Pet Loss Helpline, an organization she helped found 10 years ago. Please join us on Friday, September 21, at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for a celebration that includes behind-the-scenes tours, delicious food, good music, and a brief program honoring the leaders of CARE throughout its 10-year history. Visit for more information.

Check Out the Clinical Trials
Ten trials are currently enrolling patients for studies of hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma, hyperparathyroidism, blastomycosis, and more. The details are online at

Kudos for Biosciences
Dr. Jodi Flaws, professor of veterinary biosciences, received a $3 million NIH grant to explore the relationship between obesity and hot flashes in menopausal women. Read more:

Veterinary Biosciences graduate students took honors at a recent meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Read more:

Dr. James Naughton
FROM THE TEACHING HOSPITAL: Spotlight on Dr. James Naughton

Dr. James Naughton was drawn to veterinary imaging because that's where cases come for answers. He received a DVM from Purdue University and then completed a rotating internship at Washington State University. After private practice in Indianapolis, he completed a diagnostic imaging residency and master's degree at the University of Illinois. A visiting clinical assistant professor with the College since May, Dr. Naughton says all faculty in the hospital's imaging section assess most referral cases to ensure accuracy and thoroughness, yet they try to respond within 24 hours because they know that referring clinicians, owners, and patients are waiting for answers. Dr. Naughton is available for consultations in radiology, CT, and MRI. He can be reached through the Imaging Services receptionist at 217/333-1800.

For more on Dr. Naughton, see

Note: Illinois VetNews features a VTH faculty member or clinical coordinator each month.

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Alumni Awards Conferred at Fall Conference
Please join us for the October 4 evening social during Fall Conference, when the College and its alumni association will recognize five outstanding individuals. Receiving the Dr. Erwin Small Alumni Achievement Award will be Dr. Tony Frank (IL DVM '85), provost at Colorado State University; Dr. Donald Monke (IL DVM '77), vice president of production operations for Select Sires Inc. and Dr. Thomas Rosol (IL DVM '81), dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.. The Special Service Award will go to Steve Dale, noted radio host and columnist on companion animal issues. Read more about these alumni awards at

Register now to attend the annual Fall Conference on October 4 and 5 at You'll find affordable, practice-relevant sessions on small animal, equine, cattle, swine, and exotics as well as opportunities to connect with classmates and current students at the golf outing, alumni reunion kickoff event, and football tent party and Illinois-Wisconsin game.

Swine EVP: Act Now!
Only three spaces remain in the newest Executive Veterinary Program, an awarding-winning educational experience with top teachers and enriching classroom experiences. Find out more here:

Alumni Practices Featured on College Web Site
Dr. Joe Whalen (IL DVM '91) and Dr. Elizabeth Cutright ((IL DVM '01), alumni who practice at LePar Animal Hospital in Evergreen Park, are profiled on the College Web site

Online Giving Made Easy
Make your gift to the College of Veterinary Medicine today. Our Web site offers secure and convenient options. Go to and choose "Give to Vet Med."

Fall Conference
Oskee Bow Wow CALENDAR:

* September 21, Oskee Bow Wow 2007: 10th Anniversary Celebration for CARE Helpline, Urbana, Ill. See

* October 3, Alumni Lunch/Golf Outing and Dinner, Savoy and Urbana, Ill. Sign up at

* October 4 and 5, Fall Conference for Veterinarians, Urbana, Ill. See

* October 5, Dedication of the Dr. Walter E. Zuschlag/ISVMA Veterinary Heritage Collection and Information Commons, Urbana, Ill. For more information see:

* October 6, Football Tent Party and Mentor-Student Social, followed by the Illinois-Wisconsin game, Urbana, Ill. Sign up at

* October 18, Executive Veterinary Program, Urbana, Ill. Register now for this two-year certificate program. See

* November 10, Pix with Pets, Champaign, Ill. For more informaiton, call the advancement office at 217-333-2761.

For other events on the Web: visit

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