Brain Tumor Research
Canine brain tumor research is a core strength of the Neurology & Neurosurgery service. Our clinical trials involving the combination of surgery and medical therapies for dogs with gliomas are a major component. See our Canine Glioma Surgery program! We work with basic science researchers across campus to better understand brain cancer, and we work with closely with the IU School of Medicine to develop new therapies that promise to help human and canine patients.
Dr. Bentley has established a multi-faceted brain tumor research program, including funded clinical brain tumor treatment trials in dogs. His research focuses on all aspects of brain tumors, including their diagnosis by MRI, and treatment by surgery and non-surgical therapies. This research is translational in nature: discoveries made in his canine patients can be translated to human patients, and he performs canine brain tumor surgeries in combination with a human patient neurosurgeon at the IU School of Medicine. He is Co-Director of the Brain Cancer Discovery Group within the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, and a member of such groups as the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program, the IU School of Medicine “Signature Center Initiative for the Cure of Glioblastoma” and the NIH Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium.
Ongoing Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are used to determine the safety and/or effectiveness of the new healthcare options. A clinical trial is research which tries to answer specific questions about drugs or new therapies in patients. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to investigate new ideas and find treatments that work. Learn more>>
Review current clinical trial recruitment opportunities at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Spinal Cord Injury Research
Together with Purdue's Center for Paralysis Research, the neurology service is investigating the effects of acrolein, which is a byproduct of spinal cord injury. Acrolein plays a role in further damage to the spinal cord after injury, and may be a target for treatment to improve outcome for patients with spinal cord injury.
Other Neurology Research
Dr. Thomovsky's research interest centers around episodic disorders including seizures and movement disorders. She is interested in treatment options for seizures and characterization of movement disorders. She also has a strong interest in physical rehabilitation in neurology patients.