Research


Brain Training is Focus of Dr. Jeffrey A. Sutarik Wellness Lecture March 5

Friday, February 23rd, 2024 - Karlene Belyea will speak at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine March 5 on the topic "Brain Training: Well-Being Starts in Your Mind" as part of the Dr. Jeffrey A. Sutarik Memorial Wellness Lecture series. Her talk aims to improve personal and professional well-being through mindfulness and brain plasticity techniques. Belyea has over 30 years of experience in wellness and communication. Her lecture that promotes healthier work environments and productivity will be available for live streaming.



Purdue Researchers Edge Closer to Delivering Personalized Medicine to Cancer Patients

Friday, February 9th, 2024 - Chemotherapy can save lives, but often a cancer patient may be resistant to their prescribed chemotherapy, which costs the patient valuable time. Chemoresistance is a topic that researchers need to understand better so that they can match the right type of chemo to the right patient, which is called personalized medicine. An unusual pairing of veterinary scientists and physicists believe their method of detecting chemoresistance could be the new standard for personalized medicine.



Scholars in the College of Veterinary Medicine Receive Recognition for Research Awards

Friday, February 2nd, 2024 - Several Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty members are among the Purdue University researchers recognized in a first-of-the-year report from the university on research-related achievements. 



Treating Diseases by Eliminating Protein Aggregation in the Brain, Pancreas is Focus of Purdue Study

Friday, January 26th, 2024 - Researchers at Purdue University have taken the first steps to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Type 2 diabetes by creating multiple patent-pending compounds shown to inhibit protein aggregation associated with those diseases.



Purdue University to Host Second Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance

Friday, January 26th, 2024 - Combatting the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) will be the focus of a two-day conference next month on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. Organized by faculty and staff in the College of Veterinary Medicine with additional support from the Colleges of Agriculture, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Science, the event February 27-28 will feature speakers from multiple disciplines.



Study Led by Purdue Veterinary Oncologist Finds Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Increases Cancer Risk in Dogs

Friday, January 12th, 2024 - Dogs are humans’ best friends. Need to quickly locate a bomb? There’s a dog for that. Can’t see very well? There’s a dog for that. Searching for a lost hiker in the mountains or survivors in an earthquake, diagnosing illness, comforting the bereft — there are dogs for every need. They are even helping humans track down the causes of cancer. A new study led by Dr. Deborah Knapp, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Oncology, links cigarette smoke exposure to an exponentially higher rate of bladder cancer in Scottish terriers. By assessing individual dogs and studying their medical history, scientists are beginning to untangle the question of who gets cancer and why, and how best to detect, treat and prevent cancer.



Record Giving Advances College’s Mission and Vision

Friday, December 15th, 2023 - Fiscal year 2022-23 was another incredible showing of love and loyalty from alums, clients, and friends of the College of Veterinary Medicine! The third consecutive year of philanthropic support totaling over $20 million proves our mission to advance global animal and human health and well-being through excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement is a meaningful cause to join. We are grateful for our part to carry forth the work of your investment to move the world forward.



Emerging Drug-Resistant Fungal Pathogen Research Targets Urgent Health Threat

Friday, December 15th, 2023 - A new $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will fund research led by a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Comparative Pathobiology aimed at shedding light on a significant new health threat that involves an emerging multi-drug-resistant fungal pathogen. Dr. Shankar Thangamani, assistant professor of microbiology, is studying Candida auris, which he says predominately causes skin infections and has been classified as an urgent threat by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Antibiotic Threats Report (2019).



Discovery Points to New Approach to Treating Liver Cancer

Friday, December 15th, 2023 - A breakthrough in the understanding of the relationship between a naturally occurring enzyme and the liver cancer drug sorafenib could improve the effectiveness of the drug, which currently prolongs the life of liver cancer patients for only two to three months. A study of the relationship between the enzyme DDX5, liver cancer and sorafenib, published in the Nature journal Cell Death & Disease, points to the potential for a more effective therapy that combines existing anti-cancer drugs with treatments that spur production of this enzyme.



Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Joins Swine Disease Reporting System Network as State Funding Increases

Friday, December 15th, 2023 - Diagnostic data from the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine now is being included in the Swine Disease Reporting System (SDRS), which monitors and reports diagnostic data and trends from endemic diseases of the U.S. swine herd. The development comes on the heels of the College of Veterinary Medicine achieving a funding breakthrough for the ADDL during the State of Indiana’s biennial budget process.




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