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Nick Lordi Invited to Present at Morris Animal Foundation Scientific Meeting

3rd-year DVM student, Nicholas Lordi, has been invited to present at the Morris Animal Foundation 2019 Scientific Advisory Board Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado from June 20-22. As part of their Veterinary Student Scholars Program, Nick submitted his research project entitled, "D18ZO-603: Evaluating the use of Symmetric Dimethylarginine (SDMA) as a Marker for Renal Insufficiency in Captive Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) by assessing renal function through the design of an Iohexol Clearance Study," for consideration last year. 

Nick Lordi with Zeemba the cheetah and Dr. Bapodra

Dr. Mark Flint with Veterinary Preventive Medicine (VPM) served as Nick’s mentor for his 2018 summer scholarship project funded by Morris Animal Foundation. Dr. Priya Bapodra, VPM adjunct faculty, served as his mentor with the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Nick's research looks at ways of measuring naturally occurring biomarkers (SDMA) produced by the kidneys with a “gold standard” Iohexol marker to work out if it could be used as a proxy for renal function. This study is important as large cats held in zoos and education facilities around the world are prone to renal diseases and this marker offers a minimally invasive diagnostic tool that can potentially be used for early detection of kidney problems and early intervention and management.

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars Program provides veterinary students the opportunity to become involved in mentored research that advances the health and/or welfare of companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas and companion exotics) and wildlife. The program is open to currently enrolled veterinary students in good standing from any AVMA-accredited US or international college, university or school of veterinary medicine. 


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Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 4:41pm