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[Andressa Gonsioroski and Kathy De La Torre]

Students Recognized at Society of Toxicology Meeting

Mar 29, 2021 / Comparative Biosciences News

Research by Undergraduate, Doctoral Students Two student researchers working in the laboratory of Dr. Jodi Flaws, professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, were honored at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 2021 Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, which took place virtually at the end of March. Andressa Gonsioroski, a PhD...

Aditi Das

Lipid Metabolites Target Pain, Inflammatory Pathways in Neurons

Feb 10, 2021 / Comparative Biosciences News

Findings May Lead to Opioid Alternatives When modified using a process known as epoxidation, two naturally occurring lipids are converted into potent agents that target multiple cannabinoid receptors in neurons, interrupting pathways that promote pain and inflammation, researchers report. These modified compounds, called epo-NA5HT and epo-NADA, have much more powerful effects than the molecules from...

Yee Ming Khaw and Makoto Inoue

Childhood Trauma Could Play Role in Multiple Sclerosis

Feb 8, 2021 / Comparative Biosciences News

Mouse Study Suggests Treatment Approach Childhood trauma could affect the trajectory of multiple sclerosis development and response to treatment in adulthood, a recent study in mice found. Mice that had experienced stress when young were more likely to develop the autoimmune disorder and less likely to respond to a common treatment, researchers in the laboratory...

[Zeeshan Fazal]

Postdoc Part of Study on Little Satellite with Big Benefits

Feb 15, 2019 / Comparative Biosciences News

Antibiotic Resistance in Space Dr. Zeeshan Fazal, a postdoctoral research associate currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Spinella, comparative biosciences, received a commendation for work he participated in while at Stanford University. The Group Achievement Award was presented to the E. coli AntiMicrobial Satellite (EcAMSat) mission team. Their project, which took place on...

[Dr. Jodi Flaws and graduate student Katie Chiang]

Phthalate May Impair Fertility in Female Mice

Feb 7, 2019 / Comparative Biosciences News

Many Rodent Studies Link Phthalates to Health Problems A phthalate found in many plastic and personal care products may decrease fertility in female mice, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Illinois found that giving female mice oral doses of the phthalate DiNP for 10 days disrupted their reproductive cycles, decreasing their ability...

[Susan Schantz]

NIH Awards $13 Million for Study of Environmental Influences on Child Health

Sep 4, 2018 / Comparative Biosciences News

The National Institutes of Health’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative has awarded $13 million to a University of Illinois project led by Susan Schantz, a professor of comparative biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and member of Beckman’s Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group. In partnership with colleagues at...

[Drs. Aditi Das and Timothy Fan]

Possible Anti-Cancer Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Metabolism

Jul 15, 2018 / Comparative Biosciences News

Endocannabinoids May Inhibit Cancer A class of molecules formed when the body metabolizes omega-3 fatty acids could inhibit cancer’s growth and spread, University of Illinois researchers report in a new study in mice. The molecules, called endocannabinoids, are made naturally by the body and have similar properties to cannabinoids found in marijuana – but without...