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[Dr. Elizabeth Driskell and Clyde, a golden retriever, in an exam room]

Seeking a Faster Way to Catch the Kennel Cough Culprit

Apr 8, 2015 / Pathobiology

A cough, runny nose, fever, and lethargy. In dogs, these are classic signs of highly infectious upper respiratory problems that are lumped under the broad term “kennel cough.” The specific pathogen causing kennel cough may be viral, bacterial, or a combination of these. Because many different pathogens cause kennel cough, laboratory testing is required to...

[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...

[Dr. Jodi Flaws at a microscope]

The Phthalate DEHP Undermines Female Fertility in Mice

Mar 30, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Two studies in mice add to the evidence that the phthalate DEHP, a plasticizing agent used in auto upholstery, baby toys, building materials and many other consumer products, can undermine female reproductive health, in part by disrupting the growth and function of the ovaries. In the first study, reported in the journal Reproductive Toxicology, researchers...

[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...

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...