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Illinois Students Repeat Strong Showing at AASV

Mar 24, 2021 / General News

Students Selected to Present Original Research For the second year in a row, students from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine snagged the lion’s share of the spots for student research presentations at the annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). This year, Illinois students also took home top honors...

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...

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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...

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Study Finds Fungal Disease of Snakes in 19 States, Puerto Rico

Oct 8, 2020 / Research News

Ophidiomycosis found in snakes on military bases In a collaborative effort between scientists and personnel on U.S. military bases in 31 states and Puerto Rico, researchers surveyed for an infection caused by an emerging fungal pathogen that afflicts snakes. The study found infected snakes on military bases in 19 states and Puerto Rico, demonstrating that...

[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...

[Dr. Leyi Wang]

What Is the Coronavirus Spreading Across the Globe?

Jan 24, 2020 / COVID-19

Editor’s note: The first case of a novel strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. The respiratory illness, which can cause pneumonia and other symptoms, was first reported in Wuhan, China, where hundreds have been sickened and at least 18 have died. Leyi Wang, a virologist and professor of veterinary medicine at...

[Dr. Leyi Wang]

Team Finds Bovine Kobuvirus in U.S.

Dec 12, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

A virus that afflicts cattle that was first discovered in Japan in 2003 has made its way to the U.S., researchers report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Bovine kobuvirus is fairly new to science, so its ill effects are not fully understood. It belongs to a family of viruses known as Picornaviridae, which includes...

Feline Face Shape: A Health and Wellness Study

Jun 12, 2019 / General News

Calling All Cat Owners! To thank owners for completing the survey, they will be given an opportunity to submit a photo of their cats to be featured on the website and social media channels of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. (Visit the Facebook photo album to see all the photos we’ve received!)...