Academic Health Center
Stay Connected

Research Snapshot: Researchers identify mechanisms that determine the aggressiveness of bone cancer

A new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry has found bone tumors have preprogrammed genes, meaning the genes of the cancer remain unchanged even after a tumor is found in the body.

Bone cancers are similar in canines and humans, so researchers are hoping to use this information to learn more about this type of cancer that predominantly affects dogs and children.

Read more

Two U of M College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members appointed to National Presidential Advisory Council

An increasing number of bacterial infections no longer respond to antibiotics, which threatens public health and the economy. As a result, the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria was formed. Out of just four U.S. veterinarians to be appointed to the committee, two are University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members Peter Robert Davies B.V.Sc., and Randall Singer, D.V.M.

Read more

How to help an injured raptor during migration this fall

While we might not be thinking of winter quite yet, raptors are already preparing for the change in the season. In the darker, colder months, insects are sparse so smaller birds travel south in search for bugs to eat, and mammals need to adjust their diets to accommodate a smaller seed and plant supply. Frozen lakes pose a challenge for raptors like osprey and bald eagles relying on fish for nourishment.

The environmental changes lead raptors on an annual journey to find food sources, but the trip can be challenging.

Read more

Educational activities to replace bird exhibitions at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair

Earlier this Spring, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) hit Minnesota affecting more than 100 farms and more than 9 million poultry and birds across the state were killed. Animal health officials decided to close poultry exhibits at a variety of events including the 2015 Minnesota State Fair, leaving fair-goers and 4H members disappointed, but the decision will minimize the risk of spreading the virus further.  

Read more

Veterinary Researchers on Front Line against Antibiotic Resistance

The College of Veterinary Medicine is on the front line of attack against the growing worldwide public health threat of bacterial infections in humans and animals that are resistant to antibiotics. With the support of a $2.25 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),  UMN veterinary researchers are investigating way to minimize antibiotic resistance through the poultry production system.

Read more

Tuning into Social Networks to Prevent and Contain Disease

As the College of Veterinary Medicine’s first and only disease ecologist, Meggan Craft, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the study of how disease spreads through animal populations. She has used mathematical models to track the spread of distemper in African lions and is currently working on a five-year collaborative project to discover what types of mountain lion contacts lead to the transmission of infectious disease.

Read more