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[mouse fungal lung infections]

Lung Association Grant Funds Research into Fungal Lung Infections

Nov 13, 2020 / Pathobiology

Study Targets Protein Tied to Immunity Som G. Nanjappa, DVM, PhD, a faculty member in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Illinois, was recently awarded a grant through the American Lung Association. Dr. Nanjappa’s grant is one of 98 carefully selected by the Lung Association through rigorous scientific review. In total, a $11.55...

[Sumiti Vinayak]

Repurposed Anti-malarial Compounds Kill Diarrheal Parasite, Study Finds

Oct 8, 2020 / General News

No Treatment or Vaccine Exist for Cryptosporidium A class of compounds used for malaria treatment also kill the intestinal parasite Cryptosporidium, a leading cause of diarrheal disease and death in children that has no cure, a multi-institution collaboration of researchers found in a new study. The compounds, called bicyclic azetidines, specifically target an enzyme responsible...

[American dog tick]

Help Combat Tick-borne Disease in Illinois with Data

May 14, 2019 / General News

Assist in Data Collection on Ticks The first year (2018) of I-TICK (Illinois Tick Inventory Collaboration Network) was overwhelmingly successful: 70 individual participants and 18 Hubs collected over 900 ticks in 28 counties in Illinois. The program is expanding in 2019, looking for more individuals and organizations willing to participate and assist in data collection...

[Dr. Sumiti Vinayak]

NIH Grant to Vinayak Seeks to Unlock Secrets of Deadly Cryptosporidium

Feb 10, 2019 / Pathobiology

Work Builds on Earlier Breakthroughs Dr. Sumiti Vinayak has received a two-year, $426, 511 R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a tool that will help researchers everywhere find effective weapons against the protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium has long been a target of investigation, given the suffering it inflicts on people and...

[Dr. Mudalagiriyappa and Dr. Nanjappa]

Mouse Study Suggests a Vaccine Strategy for Immunocompromised Patients

Feb 10, 2019 / Pathobiology

Findings may have broad translational potential A study led by Som Nanjappa at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine identifies a cellular target that may improve efficacy of vaccines designed to protect immunocompromised individuals from potentially deadly opportunistic infections. The study, recently published in the Journal of Immunology, demonstrates, using a mouse model,...

[Dr. Carol Maddox]

Maddox Named Pathobiology Interim Head

Feb 9, 2019 / General News

Search for Full-Time Head Open Now In January, Dr. Carol Maddox took on the role of interim head of the Department of Pathobiology. Dr. Maddox, who joined the college faculty in 2000, is currently a full professor as well as head of the microbiology section of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. ‘Tireless Dedication’ “We are grateful...

[rebecca smith, bill brown, marilyn o'hara ruiz]

Risk Factors Linked to Chikungunya, Dengue Outbreaks

Jul 24, 2018 / Center for One Health Illinois

In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers analyzed chikungunya and dengue outbreak data from 76 countries over a period of 50 years, focusing on regions across the Indian Ocean that are hard hit by these and other mosquito-borne infectious diseases. The analysis of 1959-2009 data revealed that population density and proximity to...

[Dr. William Witola]

Grant Supports Novel Approach to Fight Nematodes in Livestock

Jun 4, 2018 / Pathobiology

Unique molecules hold promise for anti-parasitic drugs Parasitic nematodes, such as roundworms, pose a big problem for the livestock industry globally. Medicines that used to control these parasites are no longer effective, but Dr. William Witola at the College of Veterinary Medicine recently received a grant to investigate a molecular pathway that would kill these...

[one health symposium]

‘One Health’ Emerges as Key to Public Good as Illinois Reaches 150th Anniversary

Apr 3, 2018 / Center for One Health Illinois

Solving complex, multidimensional, interdisciplinary problems How should research at a 21st century university advance the public good? That question lies at the center of a three-day conference at the culmination of the University of Illinois sesquicentennial year. One crucial answer—which links scholars across multiple disciplines—is to address urgent and critical threats to human, animal, and...