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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A noted virologist, cancer researcher and veterinarian has been named to the national Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors awarded to scientists in the biomedical fields.
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Tuesday, Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph A. Alutto announced that he is recommending to President Gee that Lonnie J. King, Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine and dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, be appointed as the executive dean of the health sciences. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective immediately.
Dr. Rebecca Garabed, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Ohio State colleagues Drs. Mark Moritz (Department of Anthropology), Song Liang (College of Public Health), Ningchuan Xiao (Department of Geography) were recently awarded a $1.4 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.
News at the College
- OSU CVM Welcomes Dr. Schelhorn
- Dr. Rosol elected to AVMA Council on Research
- Drs. DeWille and Leone awarded Pelotonia Idea Grant
- Save the Date Biomedical Shared Resources Workshop Sept.
Dr. Mary McLoughlin, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and small animal soft tissue surgeon, is featured in an upcoming episode of Dogs 101 airing on Animal Planet Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. (according to their website). The segment is on the Gordon Setter and was filmed at the Veterinary Medical Center and Dr. McLoughlin’s home in March. Her Gordon Setter, Carson, was a winner at the 2010 Westminster Dog Show held in February.
The College of Veterinary Medicine has long-term partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, which operates 10 farms in Ohio. They raise and process their own animals to provide food to the 51,000 inmates in 32 institutions across the state. “We are their veterinarians,” Explains Dr. Fernando Silveira, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. “We act as consultants from conception to consumer – breeding to processing.
In the early 1970s, the Feline Leukemia Virus was recognized as the most important fatal disease affecting cats. During that same time at Ohio State, the Retrovirus Research Program was organizing in the College of Veterinary Medicine with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Special Cancer Virus Research Program, which was part of a "war against cancer." Researchers in the newly-formed program were the first to develop the patented method for the prototype vaccine that was licensed to Zoetis (formally Pfizer Animal Health).
A recent study by Dr. Linda Lord, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, showed that almost three out of four cats wore collars consistently during the six-month trial, suggesting that most cats will tolerate a collar even if their owners are skeptical about its success.
"The big message is that people really need to think about identifying their cats," said Dr. Lord. "Cats will tolerate wearing a collar, and this could be a new paradigm shift in thinking."