School of Veterinary Medicine

Snow Leopards at Philly Zoo Undergo Eye Surgery

October 13, 2011

András Komáromy of the School of Veterinary Medicine is cited for treating snow leopards at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 3, 2011

Penn Researchers Find a New Twist in a Blindness-causing Disease Gene

PHILADELPHIA — After more than three decades of research, University of Pennsylvania veterinarians and vision-research scientists, with associates at Cornell University, have identified a gene responsible for a blindness-inducing disease that afflicts dogs. In the process, the Penn scientists may have discovered clues about how retinal cells, and perhaps even neurons, can be regenerated.

Penn Veterinary Scientist to Receive National Medal

September 28, 2011

Ralph Brinster of the School of Veterinary Medicine is highlighted for being honored with the National Medal of Science.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 27, 2011

Penn Veterinarian Ralph Brinster Awarded National Medal of Science

PHILADELPHIA — Ralph Brinster of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has been awarded the National Medal of Science, according to an announcement today from the White House. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 22, 2011

Penn Researchers Find a New Twist in a Blindness-causing Disease Gene

PHILADELPHIA — After more than three decades of research, University of Pennsylvania veterinarians and vision-research scientists, with associates at Cornell University, have identified a gene responsible for a blindness-inducing disease that afflicts dogs. In the process, the Penn scientists may have discovered clues about how retinal cells, and perhaps even neurons, can be regenerated.

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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | skell@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475September 20, 2011

Penn Vet Professor Gustavo D. Aguirre Receives Grant from Foundation Fighting Blindness

Philadelphia, PA – Foundation Fighting Blindness has awarded Penn Vet Professor of Medical Genetics and Ophthalmology Gustavo D. Aguirre, VMD, PhD with a $230,000 grant to continue the Penn Translational and Research Facility.
 
“The main goal of the Translational and Research Facility is to accelerate the development and the pre-clinical testing of new and effective approaches to treat several forms of retinal degeneration (RD) in humans,” said Dr. Aguirre.
 

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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | skell@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475September 14, 2011

Penn Vet Announces Recipients of World Leadership in Animal Health Award, Student Inspiration Award

Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet), announced that Dr. Ilaria Capua has been named the winner of the 2011 Penn Vet World Leadership in Animal Health Award and that Penn Vet student Dr. Jonathan Lustgarten has been named the 2011 Student Inspiration Award winner.

Both Dr. Capua and Dr. Lustgarten will receive a $100,000 unrestricted grant to use toward realizing their veterinary missions and proposed projects.

Check Up: Stress May Have Genesis in Womb

September 12, 2011

Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for a new study.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | lerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 8, 2011

Heroic Dogs, a Decade Later

After the attacks of 9/11, the heroism of first responders — firefighters, police officers, EMTs, rescue workers and more — became a source of hope and inspiration in a trying time. But one group of responders has remained relatively unsung: 9/11’s working dogs.

Though they are mostly owned by volunteer handlers and privately trained, an estimated 900 dogs were involved in the 9/11 response. They searched for survivors and human remains, patrolled with police officers and comforted both victims and rescue workers. 

Study Finds “Minimal” Health Impacts on Canine 9/11 Rescuers

September 7, 2011

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on the health of rescue dogs after 9/11.

Article Source: Philly.com