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[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...

[Uwe Rudolph]

Uwe Rudolph Named Head of Comparative Biosciences

Aug 29, 2018 / General News

International Scholar in Neuroscience The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine welcomes Dr. Uwe Rudolph as professor and head of the Department of Comparative Biosciences. Dr. Rudolph most recently held the dual positions of professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Laboratory of Genetic Neuropharmacology at McLean...

[Summer Research Training Program - Tran Hoag]

Summertime, and the Research Is Everywhere

Aug 21, 2018 / General News

The veterinary curriculum is demanding, so when the spring semester draws to a close, many students are more than ready to leave academia behind and dive into clinical work or time off. —Da Yeon Eom Featured photos of students provided by Betsy Innes and Lois Hoyer.

[Eastern massauga - photo by Michael Dreslik]

Snake Fungal Disease Alters Skin Microbiome in Eastern Massasaugas

Aug 14, 2018 / Research News

Findings May Improve Conservation Efforts In the first study of its kind, researchers characterized the skin microbiome of a population of free-ranging snakes to begin to understand how the animals’ environmental microbial community may promote disease resistance as well as how it may be disrupted by infection. The study, which was recently published in Scientific...

[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...

[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...

[phi zeta winners 2018]

Illinois Sweeps International Veterinary Honors Society Research Awards

Jun 28, 2018 / Alumni News

Graduate students at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine took top honors in both categories of the annual scholarly article competition sponsored by Phi Zeta, the international honor society of veterinary medicine. Dr. Jamie Stewart, a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Fabio Lima, received the award for best basic research manuscript...

[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...

[Dr. Pamela Wilkins]

Dr. Pamela Wilkins Receives International Applied Research Award

May 29, 2018 / General News

Dr. Pamela Wilkins, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine since 2008, was honored at the 15th World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) Congress, held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China in April 2018. She received the Boehringer-Ingelheim WEVA Applied Research Award. The award includes the opportunity to present an invited lecture....

[Hajera Afreen presents at Undergraduate Research Week Symposium]

Undergraduate Research Thrives at Veterinary College

Apr 22, 2018 / General News

We welcome undergraduate researchers As an R1 university—one that grants doctoral degrees and is engaged in “the highest research activity”—Illinois has always included undergraduate students in research, and the emphasis on undergraduate research is growing. The College of Veterinary Medicine, although it does not offer undergraduate degrees, engages dozens of undergraduate students from a variety...