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Research


We study life forms from bacteria and fungi to humans and animals, as individuals and populations. Our research draws on disciplines from cell and molecular biology to epidemiology, applied medicine, and geospatial analysis.

Elephants
[Matt Allender in his lab with a snake]
[Rabbits under UVB lamps]
[Fred Kummerow in lab]
[Dan Rock in a laboratory with a microscope]

Discovery at the College of Veterinary Medicine encompasses the spectrum of biomedical sciences.

The Office of Research and Advanced Studies provides assistance with grant writing, proposal preparation, research forms and protocols, and many other aspects of the research process and administers the joint DVM/PhD Veterinary Medical Scholars Program and the Summer Research Training Program for veterinary students.

Research and graduate education occur within the three academic departments, listed below, with guidance and support from the Office of Research and Advanced Studies.

To see the breadth of scholarly activity of college faculty, visit individual faculty biosketch pages or view the recent quarterly reports on grants, publications, presentations, and honors. Below is a sampling of recent grants and publications.

 

Selected Recent Grant Awards

Bisphenol A, Phthalate, and Endometriosis: Mechanisms and Pathogenesis.

Li Q, $436,150, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Zoo Ready FY15: National Emergency Preparedness and Functional Exercises of FAD Outbreak Response in Zoos and Aquariums.

Johnson-Walker YJ, Nadler Y, Myint MS, Miller GY, Field E, Olson S, O’Hara-Ruiz M, Herrmann JA, Ruman A,  $116,000.  USDA Animal Care.

Phthalate Exposures and Hot Flashes in Mid-life Women.

Flaws J, $14,000, University of Illinois Research Board.

Health Assessment and Ranavirus Investigation in the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene Carolina Carolin) following a Ranavirus Outbreak in Illinois.

Allender MC, $9,735, Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Whole blood cytokine expression for diagnosis of tuberculosis in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).

Landolfi JA and Terio KA,  $7,900. Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund/ AZA Conservation Grant Fund.


Selected Recent Publications

Effects of pioglitazone on insulin sensitivity and serum lipids in obese cats

Clark MH, Thomaseth K, Dirikolu L, Ferguson DC, Hoenig M. J Vet Int Med. 2014. 28(1):166-174.

Veterinary aspects of training event horses.

Foreman JH. In: KW Hinchcliff, AJ Kaneps, RJ Geor (eds). Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, 2nd edition, 2014;1057-1070.

Canine mast cell tumors: diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.

Garrett LD.  Vet Med: Research and Reports 2014 Vol 2014:5: 49-58.

Biogenesis of non-structural protein 1 (nsp1) and nsp1-mediated type I interferon modulation in Arteriviruses.

Han M, Kim CY, Rowland RR, Fang Y, Kim D, Yoo D. Virology. 2014. 458-469:136-150.

A proposed mechanism for the interaction between the Candida albicans Als3 adhesin and streptococcal cell wall proteins.

Hoyer LL, Oh SH, Jones R, Cota E. Front Microbiol. 2014 Nov 4;5:564.

Investigating the pro-tumorigenic effects of transforming growth factor beta 1 in canine osteosarcoma.

Portela R, Fadl-alla B, Pondenis H,  Byrum M, Garrett  LD, Wycislo K, Borst LB, Fan TM.  J Vet Int Med. 2014 28(3):894-904.

Pathology in practice. Cutaneous and disseminated infection with squirrel fibroma virus (SFV).

Rivas AE, Righton AL, Bugman AM, Kihn AE, Coleman DA, Singh K, Whittington JK. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2014 Aug 15;245(4):389-91.

Effects of perinatal bisphenol A exposure during early development on radial arm maze behavior in adult male and female rats.

Sadowski RN, Park P, Neese SL, Ferguson DC, Schantz SL, Juraska JM. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2014. 42:17-24.

Perturbation of pulmonary immune functions by carbon nanotubes and susceptibility to microbial infection.

Walling BE, Lau GW. 2014. J Microbiol 52:227-34.

In utero bisphenol A exposure disrupts germ cell nest breakdown and reduces fertility with age in the mouse.

Wang W, Hafner K, Flaws JA, Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2014. 276:157-64.

Botulism.

Wilkins PA. Equine Disease Quarterly 2014, 23(4):6.

Pamidronate disodium for palliative pherapy of feline bone-invasive tumors.

Wypij JM and Heller DA.  Veterinary Medicine International, vol. 2014, Article ID 675172, 8 pages, 2014.