[erdman, bolton, wallig]

Paper: Enzyme That Digests Vitamin A Also May Regulate Testosterone Levels

Dec 7, 2016 / Pathobiology

John Erdman Jr., Eric Bolton, and Matthew Wallig An enzyme that converts the dietary carotenoid beta carotene into vitamin A in the body may also regulate testosterone levels and growth of the prostate, a new study found. Scientists at the University of Illinois explored the impact of the enzyme Bco1 on testosterone levels and testosterone-sensitive...

[William Witola - C. parvum]

New Approach to Tackling Parasitic Disease Attracts Funding

Nov 29, 2016 / General News

As a young veterinarian in Zambia, Dr. William Witola wanted to know why the baby cows he saw were dying from a parasite resisting all treatment. Decades later, the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine researcher is designing small molecules to silence that same parasite’s gene expression, find potential drug targets and help end a disease...

Dr. Susan Schantz NIH grant

Illinois, UCSF Receive $2.9 Million Grant to Study Child Health

Sep 22, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

The National Institutes of Health announced $2.9 million in new funding to the University of Illinois and the University of California, San Francisco, for studies to determine how maternal exposure to stress and to hormone-disrupting chemicals during pregnancy affect birth outcomes and child brain development. The funding is for the first two years of what...

[tamoxifen study leaders]

Scientists Identify Genes That Disrupt Response to Breast Cancer Treatment

Sep 7, 2016 / Pathobiology

Scientists may have unlocked the genetic code that determines why many patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer fail to respond to the widely used drug tamoxifen. Patients who have higher levels of several nuclear transport genes – particularly the protein XPO1 – are more likely to be resistant to tamoxifen, resulting in the development of...

[Danielle Engel - summer research]

Summer Research: Ten Weeks in a Lab, Three Days at a Conference

Aug 5, 2016 / Research News

Research is frustrating, tiresome—and incredibly rewarding Recently, I and 10 fellow veterinary students from the University of Illinois attended the three-day Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at The Ohio State University. When our program coordinator, Dr. Lois Hoyer, told us that we should pack business attire and act professionally throughout the course of the weekend,...

Powers toxoplasma research

Summer Research Project Explores Anti-Protozoan Properties of Algae

Aug 2, 2016 / Research News

While practicing as a livestock veterinarian in a rural setting in Zambia, Dr. William Witola quickly noticed that the medicine given to sheep infected with parasites was not working like it was supposed to. A desire to learn more about these parasites led Dr. Witola to return to the University of Zambia for a master’s...

[Dr. Timothy Fan]

Scientists Test Nanoparticle Drug Delivery in Dogs with Bone Cancer

Jul 26, 2016 / General News

At the University of Illinois, an engineer teamed up with a veterinarian to test a bone cancer drug delivery system in animals bigger than the standard animal model, the mouse. They chose dogs – mammals closer in size and biology to humans – with naturally occurring bone cancers, which also are a lot like human...

[Marion Dellinger in the Bell Lab]

French Student Immersed in Fish Behavior over Summer

Jul 21, 2016 / General News

Marion Dellinger traveled 4,130 miles from Nantes, France, to dedicate her summer to studying a fish only two inches long. A student at the National Veterinary School of Nantes, Dellinger was one of three French veterinary students selected for a competitive scholarship from Merial, a veterinary pharmaceutical company, to participate in summer research programs in...