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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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.
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.
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.
Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on the health of rescue dogs after 9/11.
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Michael R. Moyer, VMD, has been named recipient of the 2011 Delaware County SPCA Animal Welfare Leadership Award. Presented annually by the Media, PA-based animal shelter, the award aims honor community leaders who are positively impacting shelter animal medicine in the region.
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Kendra Bence, PhD has been named recipient of the 2011 Pfizer Award for VeterinaryResearch Excellence.
“I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Bence. “Because I was nominated by my colleagues at Penn Vet, I am humbled; there are so many great minds here and to be recognized with this honor is not taken lightly.”
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Award presented annually to a young investigator in recognition of meritorious accomplishments in the field of endocrinology
Philadelphia, PA – University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Tracy Bale, PhD has been named recipient of the 2011 Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award. Presented annually by the Endocrine Society, the award aims to bring to light the work of a young researcher in the field.
PHILADELPHIA — There are many kinds of cancers of the immune system, but one, Activated B-Cell Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, or ABC-DLBCL, is particularly common and pernicious. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine have shown for the first time that dogs that develop this disease spontaneously share the same aberrant activation of a critical intracellular pathway with humans. They also found that a drug designed to disrupt this pathway helps to kill tumor cells in the dogs’ cancerous lymph nodes.