Infectious Diseases and Immunology

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.

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).

PVM Achieves Research Funding Record

Friday, December 15th, 2023 - The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s research enterprise reached a record level of funding in the most recent fiscal year (2022/2023), exceeding $15 million, which represents an increase of more than 6.5% over the preceding year. About 60% of the college’s research funding comes in the form of grants from the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Inaugural Purdue Antimicrobial Resistance Conference Draws International Attention to Serious Public Health Threat

Monday, June 19th, 2023 - In the face of a foreboding forecast of worsening multi-drug resistant infections (United Nations Foundation, 2021), the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine led a multi-disciplinary, campus-wide effort to address the vital topic of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) through a free conference held this spring. The inaugural event April 6-7 at the Stewart Center involved multiple Purdue colleges and attracted more than 100 attendees representing eleven states and seven countries.

New Genetic Testing Available Through ADDL Will Help Dog Breeders Eliminate Specific Diseases

Monday, June 19th, 2023 - Research findings by genetic scientists in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine have the power to eradicate specific genetic diseases within certain dog breeds. Testing for the genetic mutations will be offered by the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue. As the first such tests offered to the general public for three new canine genetic diseases, these screenings will enable breeders to identify which dogs are carriers for a disease and could possibly pass it on to offspring. By ensuring two carriers are not bred together, the disease can be halted before it spreads throughout the breed.

First-of-its-kind Vector-borne Disease Panel Screens for 22 Different Pathogens in a Single Test

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 - A diagnostic panel developed by researchers in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will enable its Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) to screen for 22 different vector-borne pathogens in a single test.

Supported by $1M Grant, Purdue Research Team Pursues African Swine Fever Rapid Test

Friday, March 11th, 2022 - African swine fever, a highly contagious swine disease, is in the Dominican Republic. The disease does not infect people, but it can wipe out pork production in a region. Quick identification and containment are key to stopping its spread, and a team of Purdue University researchers that includes a scholar in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is developing a rapid, pen-side test for the disease.

A Horse Slicker is Just a Horse Slicker, of Course, of Course, Unless it Can Monitor Chronic Disease

Friday, February 4th, 2022 -

With the exception of Mister Ed of television sitcom fame, horses can’t talk with humans about health issues.  Now, a first-of-its-kind horse slicker with a specially designed liner could be able to “tell” the horse’s human caregivers of increasing chronic diseases.

A new study by Purdue University engineers and veterinary medical specialists explores how to convert off-the-shelf horse slickers into e-textiles that continuously monitor equine cardiac, respiratory, and muscular systems for several hours under ambulatory conditions. The study is published in the journal Advanced Materials.

Poultry producers encouraged to continue to keep a close eye on their flocks

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 - Poultry producers across the United States are encouraged to continue to monitor their flocks closely. This comes as three cases of Avian Influenza were recently identified in North and South Carolina. There are two types of Avian Influenza; low pathogenic and high pathogenic. The three cases found are classified as high pathogenic, which means it’s...

Purdue Veterinary Medicine and Houston Methodist Researchers Develop Novel Strategy for Tuberculosis Vaccine

Friday, August 27th, 2021 - Innovators at Purdue University, led by Dr. Suresh Mittal, Distinguished Professor of Virology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Houston Methodist Research Institute have created a novel strategy for developing an effective vaccine for a widespread form of tuberculosis.

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