School of Veterinary Medicine

The Hunt for the Next Drug Test

September 21, 2010

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center is cited for research on equine toxicology testing.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 22, 2010

Penn Vet Announces $100,000 Winners of 2010 World Leadership Award and Student Inspiration Awards

PHILADELPHIA –- Mo Salman, professor of animal population health at Colorado State University, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Penn Vet World Leadership Award, given annually by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice of the profession and influenced the lives of others.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 1, 2010

Hip Dysplasia Susceptibility in Dogs May Be Underreported, According to Penn Vet Comparative Study

PHILADELPHIA –- A study comparing a University of Pennsylvania method for evaluating a dog’s susceptibility to hip dysplasia to the traditional American method has shown that 80 percent of dogs judged to be normal by the traditional method are actually at risk for developing osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia, according to the Penn method.

First Tests for Stem Cell Therapy Are Near

August 29, 2010

John Gearhart of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine comments on the possible impact of stem-cell transplantation therapy.

Article Source: Washington Post

Cancer Research for Dogs

August 4, 2010

School of Veterinary Medicine researchers use similarities between human and canine cancers to aid search for cure.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Helping Our Dogs Be All That They Can Be

August 4, 2010

Ilana Reisner of the School of Veterinary Medicine says, “Our fast-paced, close-quarters lifestyle has only compounded the doggie doldrums.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 6, 2010

Researchers Find Clues to Gut Immunity Evolution, Reveal Similarities Between Fish/Humans

PHILADELPHIA  -– A study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has identified the function of one of the earliest antibodies in the animal kingdom, an ancient immunoglobulin that helps explain the evolution of human intestinal immune responses.  It was discovered to play a predominant role in the guts of fish and paves the way for a better understanding of human gut immunity as well as for safer, healthier approaches to keeping fish from pathogen infections.  The findings appear in the online version of

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 26, 2010

Collaboration Solves Structure of Herpes Virus Protein, Provides New Drug Directions

PHILADELPHIA  -– The mechanism by which a herpes virus invades cells has remained a mystery to scientists, but now research from Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania reveals the unusual structure of a key member of the protein complex that allows a herpes virus to invade cells.

The new map details an essential piece of the herpes virus “cell-entry machinery,” providing scientists with a new target for antiviral drugs.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | July 19, 2010

Seven in School of Veterinary Medicine Honored With Teaching Awards

Seven faculty members in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine are recipients of 2010 teaching awards.   

Veterinarian Scientists Bring Unique Perspectives to Translational Research

July 16, 2010

Susan Volk and Michael Atchison of the School of Veterinary Medicine discuss veterinarians’ role in translational research.

Article Source: Science