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[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. Carol Maddox]

Maddox Named Pathobiology Interim Head

Feb 11, 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...

[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

Oct 30, 2018 / 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,...

[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...

[lee ann lyons-illinois vetereinary medicine]

Tick-Tracking Program Gathers Data to Combat Tickborne Disease in Illinois

Mar 29, 2018 / General News

I-TICK Program Seeks 1,000 Samples Tickborne diseases are on the rise across the nation. Since 1990, Illinois has seen a tenfold increase in the number of reported human cases of tickborne diseases, which include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and a dozen more. As the 2018 tick season gets under way, researchers at the...