ERHS professor receives $1.2 million grant for tumor control research
Dr. Jac Nickoloff, Head of the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, received a $1.2 million grant from National Institutes of Health to study how DNA damage response (DDR) proteins determine cell fate after chemotherapy.
“The new award is a continuation of a grant received in 2009,” Nickoloff said. “But, our focus has changed quite a bit in the renewal.”
This is the third funded project for Nickoloff’s investigation of a novel human DNA repair protein called Metnase. Though Metnase remains a strong focus, the renewed project expanded to study the entirety of the DNA damage response network: “Metnase, PIKK, and RPA Roles in DNA Damage and Replication Stress Response.”
DNA is damaged and blocked from replication through radiotherapy and chemotherapy. DNA repair pathways are activated in response to these threats. The study will investigate the crucial role of DDR proteins in tumor suppression and genome stabilization in response to cancer treatments. Findings will contribute to development of more effective therapeutic strategies that increase local tumor control.
CSU vet students raise money to attend the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium
The Colorado State University Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society spent the summer fundraising to send students to the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium in San Diego Sept. 7 – 11, 2013.
SVECCS students had a booth at "Dog Days at JAX" on July 20, 2013. The booth focused on pet first aid tips and the group sold hand-made pet first aid kits. The students also hosted a dog wash at Camp Bow Wow on July 13, 2013, and plans to host another later this August.
SVECCS gives students the opportunity to practice and develop the skills needed to thrive in a veterinary emergency or critical care unit. SVECCS students are exposed to real critical care and emergency situations through volunteer programs, lab rotations, and speaker presentations. Students who attend IVECCS are given the opportunity to network with veterinary students and professionals from across the country while discussing advancements in emergency and critical care.
International Dairy Research Consortium tackles health and safety issues in changing industry
To address challenges of the modern dairy industry, Colorado State University hosted the International Dairy Research Consortium meeting in July. The workshop focused on the dynamics of the industry, specifically worker demographics. Today the industry depends largely on immigrant employees working long hours at a high pace, under difficult environmental and social conditions.
"As dairies have increased in size, the labor needs are being met by immigrant workers globally," said Dr. Stephen Reynolds, Director of the CSU High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS). “The inexperienced workers are at greater risk for injury, ergonomic and respiratory illness and a number of other problems. Our group is working to help the industry with knowledge and risk management resources to sustain a healthy productive workforce.”
The IRDC aims to reduce injuries and illnesses among dairy workers internationally. The group, developed in 2010 through the efforts of Reynolds and his HICAHS colleagues, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and the University of Milan, to share best practices and collaborate on research and outreach opportunities. The first meeting was held in July 2011 in Fort Collins, Colo. Since then, the IRDC has expanded to include representatives from 12 countries.
Dr. Gordon Niswender receives 2013 SSR Trainee Mentor award
Dr. Gordon Niswender, Colorado State University Distinguished Professor, was honored by the Society for the Study of Reproduction as the 2013 Trainee Mentor at their 46th annual meeting on July 24, in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
For forty years, Niswender has been internationally recognized as a leader in the field of reproductive biology. His expertise shines through his work in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory and the Western Center for Integrated Resource Management. He is recognized as a trusted mentor for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral trainees in reproductive biology.
The SSR is an organization for professionals focused on the study of reproduction. Annual meetings allow members to share present data, learn about current research and political and funding issues, and network with fellow scientists.
CSU alumnus elected to the AVMA House Advisory Committee
Dr. Mark Cox, a 1972 Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences graduate, was elected to the American Veterinary Medicine Association House Advisory Committee during the organization’s annual meeting in July. In this position, Cox will assist in developing the association’s policy in regulations and legislation, science and research, and education.
After graduating from CSU, Cox started his private mixed and companion animal practice in El Paso, Tex. His involvement as president of both the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association made him a qualified candidate for the AVMA-HAC. Cox has served as both an alternative delegate and delegate of the AVMA-HOD in the past.
CSU ORC offers continuing education equine arthroscopy courses
The Colorado State University Orthopaedic Research Center is offering a series of equine arthroscopy courses Aug. 22-25 in Fort Collins, Colo.
The arthroscopy courses offer hands-on learning from expert instructors Drs. Wayne McIlwraith, Alan Nixon, Ian Wright, David Frisbie, Chris Kawcak, and Laurie Goodrich. Courses will equip students with practical skills and information on how to perform equine arthroscopy. The class dates and information are as follows:
Basic Arthroscopy (eight credits): presented by CSU Drs. McIlwraith, Frisbie, Kawcak, and Goodrich on Aug. 22, 2013.
Advanced Arthroscopy (16 credits): presented by the authors of the 3rd and 4th edition of Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse – Drs. McIlwraith, Nixon, and Wright – Aug. 23-24, 2013.
Pre-registration is required for all CSU veterinary continuing education courses. To register for the course, you may mail or fax the registration form. Registration has filled for all courses except for Standing Arthroscopy. Call (970) 297-1273 to confirm availability.
CSU Timmy Global Health Chapter fight healthcare issues in the Dominican Republic
Students from the Colorado State University Timmy Global Health Chapter embarked on their journey on August 10 to participate in the chapter’s third medical brigade in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic.
CSU is partnered with a banana company in the Dominican Republic called Banelino. During each brigade, students work alongside medical professionals to provide healthcare to Banelino workers and their families. To raise support for their annual trip, the chapter has several medical supply drives throughout the school year.
Timmy Global Health works to expand access to healthcare around the world. U.S. students and volunteers work with international organizations and medical service teams to provide necessary resources for community based health and development projects around the world.