Dr. Greg Amberg receives 2013 Research Excellence Award
Dr. Greg Amberg, assistant professor of cardiovascular pharmacology, received the 2013 Pfizer/Zoetis Research Excellence Award for his research contributions toward future development of pharmacological tools used for management and prevention of muscle hypertension.
Established in 1985, the Award for Veterinary Research Excellence fosters innovative research toward advancement of veterinary medicine and practices. Amberg was nominated and evaluated by members of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Research Committee before a formal recommendation was submitted to the dean for review.
As award recipient, Amberg received an engraved plaque and a cash award of $1,000. To uphold tradition, the awardee will serve as a keynote speaker at the 2014 CVMBS research day.
New monthly recognition starting for top PVM students
Even in the heat of summer, Colorado State University Professional Veterinary Medicine students are playing a critical role in caring for and treating patients of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Each month, one student will be selected from a list of nominees to receive the Student Total Package Award.
Any clinician, staff member, veterinary student or VTH client may nominate a PVM student who demonstrates the "total package" of CSU veterinary care:
Nomination forms may be completed online. Each month, previous winners will assist in reviewing and selecting the next recipient. Each award winner will be featured on the college’s webpage. For more information, contact Tracy Keegan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Dan Gustafson awarded Shipley Chair in Comparative Oncology
Dr. Dan Gustafson, former director of research for the Flint Animal Cancer Center, has been named to hold the Shipley University Chair in Comparative Oncology. The chair was established with a $3 million gift from the Shipley Foundation, which has a relationship with the FACC dating back more than 10 years.
"Dr. Gustafson’s research is highly aligned with comparative and translational cancer research and has broad application across all disciplines in oncology, as well as for all species," said Dr. Rodney Page, FACC director. "He is an excellent didactic instructor and research mentor of residents, graduate students and PVM students. I know that he will be an active and enthusiastic representative of the FACC and the Shipley Foundation."
In 2000, Charles and Lucia Shipley donated $1 million to create the Shipley Natural Healing Center. An additional $1.2 million in funding from the family was distributed over a five-year period to support the center’s natural healing programs. Shortly after, the family expanded involvement and generosity to other departments within the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The family continues to support the FACC’s educational and translational research efforts, recognizing what human medicine advances with discoveries in animals.
Small-Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services set to begin in August
Dr. Duerr helps Zack stretch on the exercise ball.
The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital Rehabilitation Services will expand to include Sports Medicine on Aug. 12. Dr. Felix Duerr will head the efforts as the director. Sasha Foster will continue to work as the certified canine rehabilitation therapist, and Dr. Juliette Hart, will begin July 8 as a resident in small animal sports medicine – the only position of its kind in the United States.
Sports medicine aims to prevent, diagnose, and treat dogs with sports and athletic activities. Other areas of this specialty include appropriate training and improvement of athletic performance.
Offered now, physical therapy and rehabilitation services often use non-surgical tactics in correcting injuries and illnesses and restoring a patient’s pre-injury health. Services include laser, cold-compression therapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, physical tests of balancing and agility, and exercises on an underwater and land treadmill.
CVMBS welcomes three communications team members
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences communications team, headed by director Coleman Cornelius, is expanding its social media and outreach efforts.
Ashley Manweiler, newly hired social media coordinator, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and technical communication, with a concentration in public relations and a minor in women’s studies, from CSU this spring. Manweiler, hired by the CSU Division of External Relations, is assigned to work with CVMBS to create and implement social media campaigns to increase the college’s footprint in online social spaces.
Krystle Schaneman, new community outreach coordinator, also was hired by the CSU Division of External Relations and is assigned to work with CVMBS through the RamTrax program. She is a graduate from the CSU College of Business, in marketing and management. As a student, Schaneman worked with the RamTrax program and served as a Presidential Ambassador. She will focus on community outreach events and activities.
In addition, Sarah Ryan has joined the CVMBS development communications team as a writer and editor. She has a background in magazine publishing, traditional and indie book publishing, and science blogging. Ryan will highlight college alumni, donors and development activities in college publications. She is part of the college development office guided by executive director Pam Jones.
CVMBS faculty and students receive SoGES recognition
The School of Global and Environmental Sustainability awarded three individuals from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with funding support and training opportunities for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. The following individuals were recognized for their efforts towards sustainable science and solutions:
Stephanie Moon, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, awarded a 2013-2014 SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellowship, Advisor: Jeffery Wilusz
In addition to these awards, SoGES recognized the efforts of all of CVMBS. Many students and faculty participated in events such as the Managing the Planet panel series and Distinguished Author Series, and three CVMBS undergraduate students enrolled in the SoGES interdisciplinary minor. CVMBS supports SoGES education, research, and outreach in complex environmental, economic, and societal issues of sustainability.
CVMBS involvement in collaborative grant for canine cancer research
Dr. Anne Avery, an associate professor in Pathology at Colorado State University, will pool resources with the University of Missouri, and Texas A&M University to improve lymphoma diagnosis in Golden Retrievers.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Golden Retriever Foundation will provide nearly $1.5 million in collaborative grants towards canine cancer research progress across the country. The two grants will significantly improve the understanding and diagnosis of canine cancer. Top scientists across the country join forces in the fight against canine cancer, to research and discover life-saving treatment.
$404,813 in funding for efforts toward “Discovery of novel protein, blood, and epigenetic biomarkers of lymphoma risk, classification and prognosis in Golden Retrievers,” a collaboration between Dr. Anne Avery, VDM, PhD, Colorado State University; Dr. Jeffery N. Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, of University of Missouri, Columbia; and Dr. Heather Wilson-Robles, DVM, Texas A&M University
$1,061,137 in funding for research on “Developing markers to Diagnosis and Guide Cancer Treatment in Golden Retrievers Based on Newly Discovered Heritable and Acquired Mutations,” a collaboration between Dr. Jaime F Modiano, VMD, PhD, of University of Minnesota; Dr. Matthew Breen, PhD, North Carolina State University; and Dr. Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, PhD, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
ARBL hosts RMRS Symposium to network researchers, practitioners, and students
More than 80 biomedical researchers, practitioners, and graduate students attended the 2013 Rocky Mountain Reproductive Sciences Symposium to network and explore the biology of reproduction. The theme of this spring’s RMRSS was parturition and pre-term labor
"This year’s symposium was an outstanding discussion of not only the molecular interactions that impact labor, but also biotechnological advances and the clinical implications of reproductive processes," said Dr. Thomas Hansen, professor and director of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. "Every year this is an important event that brings together many of the field’s top experts to discuss how we can advance our understanding of reproductive biology."
In addition to the opportunity to discuss advances in both human and animal reproduction, the next generation of reproductive scientists expanded their network with students and researchers from ten institutions throughout Colo., Mo., Neb., Kan., Texas, and Wyo. Eight graduate students, including three CVMBS students, presented abstracts during the student platform session. ARBL graduate student, Kristin Klohonatz, received second place recognition for her oral platform, "Profiling focal adhesion molecules in equine endometrium during maternal recognition of pregnancy."
The Rocky Mountain Reproductive Sciences Symposium is an annual event hosted by the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory, and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. The 2013 sponsors also included CSU Ventures and Olympus America Inc.
CSU and PVH research how rice bran or beans may prevent colorectal cancer
Colorado State University and Poudre Valley Hospital began a study, “Beans/Bran Enriching Nutritional Eating for Intestinal Health Trial” (BENEFIT), to research how rice bran or navy beans can be used against colorectal cancer. Dr. Elizabeth Ryan, assistant professor of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, and Regina Brown, medical oncologist with PVH Cancer Care and Hematology, developed the study through a series of meetings spanning five years.
38 people from Northern Colorado have participated in BENEFIT, incorporating rice bran and beans into meals and snacks to evaluate the nutritional efficacy. Uncovering the cancer-fighting benefits within unique fibers, protein and phytochemicals could have a global impact. Current research finding were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual cancer conference in Chicago, Ill. May 31 – June 4.
“Clinical research is at the heart of what is advancing cancer care,” said Robert F. Marschke, Jr., MD, Medical Director for Oncology Research with PVH. “BENEFIT is an excellent example of how a community program can partner with an academic institution to bring meaningful research to the community, as well as contributing that data in order to have a national and global impact.”
BENEFIT collaborates the scientific and medical expertise of both CSU and PVH to produce and use translational research. CSU contributed knowledge about plant food and gut microbial interactions for disease prevention, and PVH clinicians applied the research into a clinical setting.
CSU Animal Population Health Institute to host a series of training courses
Colorado State University’s Animal Population Health Institute (APHI) and the USDA APHIS – Centers for Epidemiology & Animal Health presented two international training courses in spring 2013, hosting 45 animal health officials from countries around the world.
The first training course was a two-week course in veterinary epidemiology held in April. 28 government veterinary professionals from 23 countries attended the training to acquire basic veterinary epidemiology tools and skills to use appropriately in their home-government’s animal health programs.
The second training course, “Introduction to Risk Analysis”, was a five-day training course held in May. The trained 17 animal health officials from 14 countries on the importance of risk analysis related to international trade of animals. The health officials were introduced to the fundamentals of risk analysis and shown how the techniques are best used from the perspectives of risk managers and technical risk analysts.
APHI and the Colorado Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a third event, “Foreign Animal Disease Training,” June 24-28. The training welcomes U.S. veterinarians seeking a global perspective and current information on animal diseases that could affect livestock, equine, and poultry industries.