Connect to Veterinary Medicine: June 2008

June 2008

Welcome to the June 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

Alumni Association recognizes Dr. Hamlin

Dr. Robert Hamlin, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, received the 2008 Professional Achievement Award of The Ohio State University Alumni Association. This award is presented to alumni who have superb records of distinguished career accomplishments and who have made outstanding contributions to their professions. Only two alumni were selected for the award this year. It is based specifically on: career accomplishments, professional impact, significant publications/research (primary authorship) and community service. The award will be presented at the annual awards banquet scheduled this year for September 26.

Ohio State Alumni Association site

New faculty hired in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Dr. Krista La Perle will join the department on September 1, 2008. She is a DVM, PhD and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. La Perle is a national leader in the field of laboratory animal pathology, in particular the pathobiology of genetically modified animals. She will be instrumental in further developing our mouse phenotyping program and will act as a central resource to department, college and university researchers. She will provide specialty training, and substantially contribute to teaching in the graduate and professional curricula of the College of Veterinary Medicine and allied Ohio State colleges. Dr. La Perle will also provide leadership in the National Institutes of Health-funded training program in Mouse Models of Human Disease and other campus-wide initiatives in laboratory animal pathology and comparative medicine.

Dr. Christopher Premanandan has joined the department as a Clinical Track Assistant Professor. Dr. Premanandan is a DVM, PhD and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He will provide important leadership as a teaching intensive faculty position in the area of veterinary anatomic pathology. This position will build upon a program of excellence in investigatory pathology in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences (VBS). His duties will include didactic and laboratory instruction of veterinary medical students, pathology residents, and graduate students. His teaching activities will utilize diagnostic laboratories in VBS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, with cases from the Veterinary Medical Center and the Columbus Zoo.

Teleradiology now available

The Ohio State Veterinary Radiology Team announces a new service: teleradiology. Facilitated through DVM Insight, Internet-based referral of digital imaging studies can now be submitted in DICOM format. These studies include digital radiography (DR), computed radiography (CR), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). For more information about digital radiography, please see the 2008 supplemental issue of Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound. Articles from the supplemental issue are available for free download. For more information about this new service, please contact the Veterinary Radiology Team at 614-292-1040, vet [dot] radiology [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu. The Veterinary Radiology Team also will continue to offer a film reading service. Reports will be faxed and mailed within 24 hours of receipt of the films.

Radiology consultation and other forms

Dean Rosol returns to Office of Research; Dr. Hubbell named interim dean

On July 1, 2008, Dr. Tom Rosol became the special assistant to the senior vice president for research. He will continue as a professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and will pursue his program on cancer research in Veterinary Biosciences and the Comprehensive Cancer Center. In the Office of Research Dr. Rosol will work closely with Associate Vice President Jean Schelhorn to build broader faculty relationships with the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization.

Provost Joe Alutto has recommended Dr. John Hubbell as interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Subject to Board of Trustees approval, his appointment was effective July 1, 2008. The college's former associate dean for academic affairs, Dr. Hubbell is a professor of veterinary clinical sciences and one of today's most respected equine anesthesiologists. He has agreed to serve until a permanent Dean is named.

Vet Med in the News

Experimental agent blocks prostate cancer

An experimental drug has blocked the progression of prostate cancer in an animal model with an aggressive form of the disease, new research conducted by Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers shows. Participants on this project included veterinary pathologist and first author Aaron Sargeant, graduate research associate in veterinary biosciences. The agent, OSU-HDAC42, belongs to a new class of drugs called histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors, compounds designed to reactivate genes that normally protect against cancer but are turned off by the cancer process. The study showed the agent kept mice with a precancerous condition from developing advanced prostate cancer. Human testing of the drug is expected to begin early next year.

OSU Medical Center press release

Organic pigs breed more bad bugs

New Scientist, June 24, 2008
Animals reared in natural, outdoor conditions without nasty modern drugs yield healthier meat, right? Not necessarily. Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes and colleagues at Ohio State University in Columbus tested US pigs for antibodies - telltale signs of infection - to pathogens that can also affect humans.


Chicken, eggs could become cancer fighters

Chicken and eggs could become cancer-fighting foods if researchers at Ohio State University have their way. Dr. Young C. Linn, professor of Veterinary Medicine, is one of the principal investigators studying a substance called gossypol, a natural pigment and insect repellent found in cotton plants that also has important anti-cancer properties.

OSU Medical Center
(The story was carried in 61 media outlets across the country!)

Upcoming Events

Alumni Reception at the AVMA

You and your guest are cordially invited to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Reception at the American Veterinary Medical Association 145th Annual Convention. The event will be held Monday, July 21, 2008, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Grand Salon 21, First Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Monday, July 14 vetmedreply [at] osu [dot] edu or 614-292-9296.

Alumni Reunion Weekend

Registration materials for the 2008 Alumni Reunion Weekend activities have been mailed. If you haven't received them, please contact us. This year, the college and Alumni Society are teaming up with the Ohio State Alumni Association to provide on-line registration and payment. Go to and click on "Register online!"

Alumni Updates

Young Veterinarian of the Year for the State of North Carolina

Dr. Marguerite Gleason, (DVM 2003) has been named Young Veterinarian of the Year for the State of North Carolina at the Annual NCVMA Convention. Dr. Gleason has been practicing in Huntersville, NC (outside of Charlotte) prior to taking a position with The Carolinas Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic in May. Dr. Gleason is currently finishing up a dental fellowship, at which time she will become one of only 100 veterinary dentists worldwide. Dr.Gleason was nominated for this award by Dr. Kathy Queck, DVM, FAVD. Dr. Queck has served as Dr. Gleason's mentor throughout her veterinary career and during pursuit of her dental fellowship. Dr. Gleason resides on the north side of Charlotte with her husband, two dogs and cat, where she continues to be a diehard Buckeye fan.

Golf Outing update

The 2008 Golf Outing was a tremendous success after an initial rain delay that forced postponement from June 4 to June 25. This year's event raised approximately $5,000 for veterinary student scholarships. We would like to thank our sponsors, including MedVet, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Columbus Serum, Butler Animal Health Supply, Lilly, Merial, MWI Veterinary Supply Co., Bartha Audio-Visual, Bayer Animal Heath Fort Dodge Animal Health Midwest Veterinary Supply Novartis Animla Health and the Ohio Animal Health Foundation. Visit our web site for a list of award winners and a complete list of sponsors.

In Memoriam

Thomas D. Freeman

Dr. Freeman (OSU '49), 82, Quincy, Fla., died Dec. 11, 2007. He was a partner at Mayfield Veterinary Clinic in Mayfield, Ky., for 36 years prior to retirement. Dr. Freeman was a past president of the Kentucky VMA and a veteran of the Army. His son and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 105 N. Jackson St., Quincy, FL 32351; or Alzheimer's Association, 988 Woodcock, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32803.

Robert I. Fisher

Dr. Fisher (OSU '43), 86, North Fort Myers, Fla., died Dec. 25, 2007. He practiced small animal medicine in the Cleveland area for 40 years. Dr. Fisher was a Navy veteran of World War II. His wife, Marjorie; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4902 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 295, Tampa, FL 33634.

John "Jack" Henry Cryan

John "Jack" Henry Cryan, DVM, age 84, passed away Monday, June 23rd, 2008, following a brief illness. He was born September 27th, 1923, to the late Anna H. and John H. Cryan Sr. Preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Margaret Kaestner Cryan. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and served in the US Army Veterinary Corps. Founder of Cryan Veterinary Hospital, Westerville, a member of St. Paul Church and active volunteer at Westerville Sr. Center. Survived by his children, Catherine (Ken) Erney Columbus, Patrick (Karen) Cryan, Westerville, Barbara (Emil) Deliere, Pittsburgh, Pa, Jacqueline (Jeff) Blake, Worthington, Marilyn (William) Staten, Cincinnati, Kevin (Lucy) Cryan, Sunbury, Rosemarie Cryan (Mike Zelinski), Westerville; grandchildren, David (Nicolette) Hudson, Eleanor and Rosalynd Erney, James and Michael Cryan, Corey Hysell-Deliere, Dominique and Marcelle Deliere, Andrew (Kim) Blake and Natalie Blake, Leila Staten, Samuel and Anna Cryan, William and Margaret Zelinski; great-grandchild, Audrey Ruth Hudson; sister-in-law, Frieda Siegenthaler. Sadly missed by devoted friend, Lou Landis and others including "Buckeye" Bob Belvidis, Dean and Mary Jo Hard, Jody Stowers and the staff of the Westerville Community Center; Margie Rundio and members of the Westerville Sr. Center Walking Group. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to New Vocations Race Horse Adoption Program. 3293 Wright Rd., Laura, Ohio 45337