Guoquan Zhang, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathobioogy and Yan Zhang, Assistant Research Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology, will co-lead a new 4-year NIH grant for $2,147,908 to define the first multivalent vaccine for Q fever. Humans can develop Q fever after breathing in dust that has been contaminated by the Coxiella burnetii bacterium.
Joan R. Coates, DVM, MS, DACVM-Neurology, received a new 2-year NIH grant to establish a trial design to evaluate therapeutic strategies for canine degenerative myelopathy, an inherited disease with similarities to human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Shuping Zhang, PhD, Professor and Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, received grant funding from the US Food and Drug Administration to support the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet LIRN) Program for increased sample analysis in the event of animal food or drug related illnesses. In addition, Dr. Zhang received funding from the US Department of Agriculture for to enhance early detection of foreign animal disease agents and newly emerging animal diseases.
Rajiv R. Mohan, PhD, FARVO, Ruth M. Kraeuchi Endowed Professor in Veterinary Ophthalmology, has formed a collaborative partnership with Apollo Ventures to develop therapeutics to prevent age-related disease and extend healthy lifespan. Their strategy is to accelerate discoveries in aging biology to the clinic.
Craig L. Franklin, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology, received funding from NIH for the MU Mutant Mouse Resource & Research Center to help researchers study complex gut microbiota. In addition, Dr. Franklin and Dr. Bryda received NIH funding for the Comparative Medicine training Program to provide veterinarians with a substantive foundation for a competitive research career.
Elizabeth Bryda, PhD, Professor and Director of the Rat Resource and Research Center and Animal Modeling Core, received funding from NIH to focus on therapeutic antisense oligonucleotide development for Alzheimer’s disease. The project is a collaboration with CVM Associate Dean, Chris Lorson, and Shift Pharmaceuticals LLC.
Gary S. Johnson, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology, received a grant from the AKC Canine Health Foundation to investigate a newly recognized, fatal, neurologic disease that affects American Staffordshire Terriers. The AKC Canine Health Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.
Derek Fox, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Professor of Small Animal Surgery, received funding from Beale Clinic LLC to support a residency and provide direct exposure to all cases and clinical rotations as outlined by the American College of Veterinary Surgery. Clinical time will be split between surgical oncology, general soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery, with additional time scheduled to learn neurosurgery.
Jeffrey Bryan, DVM, PhD, Professor of Veterinary Oncology, received a grant from Toshiba America Medical systems to evaluate the quality of non-conventional positron emission tomography (PET) isotope images scanned using Celesteion. A Canon Celesteion PET/CT was installed at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine in April 2017. MU also has the largest university research reactor (MURR) with a cyclotron, which is capable of producing many radioisotopes. The research is focused on translational medicine, including oncology, orthopedics, and chronic disease medicine.