Connect to Veterinary Medicine: August 2008

August 2008

Welcome to the August 2008 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

News at the College

National Cancer Institute funds $10.9 million for Retrovirus Center

The Center for Retrovirus Research can now boast its second Program Project Grant, the only PPG in the country for the study of retrovirus-associated cancer. The team of researchers from Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC) and the University's College of Veterinary Medicine have received a $10.9 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to further their studies. Principal investigator Michael Lairmore, DVM, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, associate director for basic research at the OSUCCC, and a member of the OSUCCC's Viral Oncogenesis Program, leads the team. The study comprises five interactive projects and three cores. Besides Lairmore, other project or core leaders include: Patrick Green, PhD, Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, PhD, Thomas Rosol, DVM, PhD, Lawrence Mathes, PhD, and Stefan Niewiesk, DVM, PhD. Drs. Green, Boris-Lawrie, Mathes, and Niewiesk are in the OSUCCC's Viral Oncogenesis Program, of which Dr. Green is co-leader. Dr. Rosol is in the OSUCCC's Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program.

More information about the grant.

Welcome New Faculty in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Dr. Christopher Adin will be joining the faculty of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Small Animal General/Soft Tissue Surgery on or before January 1, 2009. Dr. Adin received his DVM degree from Cornell University, completed his small animal surgical residency at the University of California-Davis, and then was on faculty at the University of Florida for five years before entering into a small animal specialty practice in Rochester, New York. Dr. Adin's clinical interests include small animal soft tissue/general surgery, including complex oncologic surgery, microvascular surgery and minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopy. His research interests include organ preservation related to transplantation surgery. His wife, Dr. Darcy Adin, a board-certified veterinary cardiologist, also will be coming here and is planning to embark upon a PhD program in cardiovascular physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. She also received her DVM degree from Cornell University, completed a cardiology residency at the University of California-Davis, and was a faculty cardiologist at the University of Florida before entering into a small animal specialty practice in Rochester.

One Medicine: Contemporary Issues in Public Health

Ohio State University Extension and the College of Veterinary Medicine will host "One Medicine: Contemporary Issues in Public Health," a conference on emerging infectious diseases of concern to public and veterinary health, September 11-12, 2008. Led by distinguished health care professionals, the workshop will provide updates on research in critical areas. The One Medicine concept unites medical professionals and bridges the gap between human and animal health.

Dr. Lonnie King, senior veterinarian for the Centers for Disease Control, will be the keynote speaker, providing insight on emerging diseases. King, a native of Wooster, Ohio, earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1966 and 1970. Other speakers include members of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Ohio State and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. They will address Clostidium dificile (commonly called C. diff) and avian influenza, as well as other infectious diseases.

Registration is required, and students are able to attend at a discounted rate. See our webpage for registration details and event information, or contact Jeff Workman via phone: (614) 292-9453 or e-mail: workman [dot] 45 [at] osu [dot] edu.

Library Hours for Autumn Quarter

Starting September 24, the Veterinary Medicine Library will be open the following hours:

  • Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm
  • Friday 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 10am-6pm*
  • Sunday 2pm-8pm

*closed on home football game Saturdays: September 27, October 11 and 25, and November 22

Continuing Education

Continuing educations classes are available through the College of Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education office. A complete list is available at the Continuing Education website. A few of the upcoming courses include:

  • Alumni Reunion Weekend Continuing Education Conference, September 5 (4 hours)
  • Basic and Advanced Veterinary Ultrasound, September 13-14
  • Small Animal CE Series: Feline Medicine, September 16
  • Royal Canin Symposium October 3-5 (3.75 hours Friday; 15 hours Sat. and Sun.)
  • Canine Laparoscopic Surgery October 18-19 (12 hours)
  • Small Animal CE Series: Cardiology, October 21
  • 34th Annual Food Animal Conference, November 1-2

Vet Med in the News

Cancer Researcher Names as Hero

Dr. Michael D. Lairmore, chair and professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, and associate director for basic sciences, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center received a Hero of Hope Research Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society on August 27 at a luncheon ceremony. The Hero of Hope award is given to cancer investigators who have made significant contributions to the field of cancer research. Dr. Lairmore, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was recognized for his groundbreaking work into the biology of human retroviruses and the understanding of viral-associated carcinogenesis.

More information about Dr. Lairmore

Upcoming Events

2008 Alumni Reunion Weekend Activities, September 5-7

We look forward to seeing those of you who are registered for Alumni Reunion Weekend! This year we are welcoming alumni back to campus and featuring the Classes of 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1998 and 2003. The complete schedule of events is available at the alumni web pages also. Remember to arrive early to find parking! If you have any additional questions, contact Dr. Michelle Harcha 614-292-9296.

Orientation for the Class of 2012

The entering first-year class at the College of Veterinary Medicine will participate in a unique team-building experience to kick off their four-year professional education program. Having spent their undergraduate years competing for admission into the college, they will learn to work cohesively at this new student orientation. Staff from Camp Mary Orton will teach the class of 2012 to work more effectively in groups, trust each other and communicate. Students will be guided through a session explaining the results of their DISC survey, a behavioral and work-style assessment. Since the program began in 2006, staff and faculty from the college noticed immediate positive changes in student attitudes and abilities to work in groups – characteristics not always developed during the competitive undergraduate years. The activities and values learned at orientation help students during their program of study, as well as in their profession. This special program is scheduled for Friday, September 19. Additional orientation to the college will continue on September 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This team-building experience is funded totally through the generosity of corporate sponsors and the Alumni Society.

News Across Campus

O-H-I-O: Latest TV Spot Captures Buckeye Pride

Whether you're a fan, a faculty or staff member, a student, or an alum, Ohio State is giving you plenty to cheer about these days. Photos from the O-H-I-O Web site, a collection of more than 1,600 O-H-I-O snapshots taken around the world, were used to create Ohio State's fall TV spot, the 30-second commercial that will air during football games.

View the O-H-I-O video