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[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...

[Chicago dog outdoors]

Update from Veterinary Respiratory Expert on Kennel Cough Outbreak

Mar 31, 2015 / General News

Chicago owners should minimize their dog’s exposure to other dogs, if at all possible. Update, March 31: Dr. Brendan McKiernan, director of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana and an internationally renowned specialist in respiratory diseases of dogs and cats, advises giving the canine influenza vaccination to Chicago area dogs that will be...

[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...

[slide showing infected cell producing interferons]

Taking Aim at Arteriviruses: Targets for a Better Vaccine

Mar 12, 2015 / Pathobiology

Arteriviruses in pigs, horses, mice, and apes appear to use the same non-specific protein to evade the body’s immune system From the common cold to HIV, many illnesses—in fact, more than 90 percent of human illnesses—are caused by viruses. In the war against viruses, medical researchers called virologists are constantly seeking new avenues of attack. Vaccinations...

CyHABhead

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...

[Hergenrother and Fan]

Cancer Drug First Tested in Pet Dogs Begins Human Trials

Feb 26, 2015 / Research News

A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma. “The compound was discovered and is...

[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,...

[Adam Ahlers and Mark Mitchell]

Muskrats and Minks Harbor Toxoplasmosis, a Cat Disease

Jan 29, 2015 / Research News

A new study of muskrats and minks in central Illinois indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways. Researchers found antibodies for Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, in 18 of 30 muskrats and 20 of 26 minks tested for the disease in central...