Mar Wed 2018
Canine distemper virus (CDV) is an RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus within the family Paramyxoviridae. CDV produces multi-systemic disease in dogs and other terrestrial carnivores. With the development of modified live vaccines in the 1950s and 1960 s, the disease, with a few exceptions, has been successfully controlled. However, recently the cases of CDV in vaccinated dogs have been increasing throughout the world, including the United States. There are many reasons that can lead to vaccine failure, including antigenic differences between the vaccine strains and the currently circulating wild-type strains. Currently, there are at least three genetically different CDV lineages circulating in the US. Therefore, in this study, we evaluated various wild-type CDV and vaccine isolates to determine if the genetic differences observed among various strains result in significant antigenic differences based on changes to the neutralizing epitopes. The results of a cross-neutralization assay revealed that there are antigenic differences among the tested CDV wild-type isolates as well as between the tested isolates and the vaccine strains currently used in the US. Therefore, these results suggest the need to develop an updated CDV vaccine.
Mar Fri 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Wilkes on receiving the 2018 John M. Bowen Award of Excellence in Animal/Biomedical Research.
Feb Tue 2018
ATHENS, Ga. - With most of the country still struggling with the worst flu season in years, some states are also dealing with outbreaks of canine influenza. California, Illinois, and Kentucky have all experienced sporadic cases of the dog flu.
Dec Mon 2017
Pathogen manipulation of host metabolism: A common strategy for immune evasion
Sep Mon 2017
Athens, Ga. - Researchers in the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine have been awarded a five-year, $3.2 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop a vaccine platform that will optimize vaccine development and administration.
Aug Thu 2017
Congratulations to Shelly Samet on receiving the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
Aug Thu 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Courtney Murdock on receiving the 2017 John M. Bowen Award of Excellence in Animal Biomedical Research.
Aug Thu 2017
Congratulations to Sarah Sapp on receiving the 2017 American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists-Companion Animal Parasite Council Graduate Student in Zoonotic Disease award!
Aug Thu 2017
When Dennis Kyle, one of the nation's leading infectious disease researchers, arrived on the University of Georgia campus in January, he became the institution's 17th Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.
Aug Thu 2017
Each year the Board of Directors of the Research Foundation choose a member of the University of Georgia faculty as the inventor of the year. The selection is based on the invention’s originality, innovation and impact outside the university setting.
Apr Mon 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Ray Kaplan on receiving the 2016 Federal Laboratory Consortium Southeast Region Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for “Technology to Aid in the Control of Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats”.
Dec Wed 2016
Congratulations to Dr. StephenTrent on being awarded the 2016 Zoetis Award for Research Excellence!
Nov Mon 2016
Chikungunya virus—a disease with such an outlandish name seems like it should be confined to a fittingly exotic locale. However, within 50 years of its discovery, the mosquito-borne virus, which causes a high fever and joint pain, has spread from the forests of its native Central Africa to the Indian subcontinent, the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea and in 2013, the Americas. With the first case of Chikungunya acquired within the United States occurring in Florida in 2014, it is clear the virus is finding ways to establish itself in parts of the world where it has never before been seen—the lingering question is, “How?”
Oct Mon 2016
UGA's new Center for Vaccines and Immunology is dedicated to improving global health by creating vaccines to fight emerging and re-emerging diseases such as influenza and Zika.
Oct Thu 2016
Andrew R. Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD, an associate research scientist and parasitologist at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, was elected to the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society during the Society’s recent 2016 Triennial Symposium.
Oct Thu 2016
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine is home to a spectrum of research training programs for the next generation of veterinary medicine practitioners and researchers. Each year we highlight the cutting edge research conducted in these programs at the Science of Veterinary Medicine Symposium. The symposium provides an opportunity for research trainees at all levels to present their work to faculty and students from across the College of Veterinary Medicine community.
Oct Tue 2016
Both Drs. Quinn are co-principal investigators for a National Science Foundation research grant looking at the impact of large-scale data collection on scientists’ ability to efficiently track infectious diseases.
Sep Wed 2016
Athens, Ga. - Drug-resistant organisms, or so-called "superbugs," are a growing public health threat because "last-resort" therapeutics-employed only when other drugs fail to kill an infection-are failing. A University of Georgia-led research team is the first to examine multiple strains of one of the most dangerous superbugs known to science and a last-resort antibiotic used to treat it. The team's discovery deepens the understanding of how pathogens adapt to protect themselves from antibiotics and will enable researchers to develop therapeutics aimed at evading this mechanism.
Aug Sat 2016
Distinguished Professor at the University of South Florida's (USF) College of Public Health, Dennis Kyle, PhD joined me for an interview about his labs work on trying to find an effective treatment for the "brain-eating amoeba"
Aug Wed 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Melinda Brindley on being awarded the 2016 John M. Bowen Award of Execellence in Animal Biomedical Research!
Jul Wed 2016
Julie M. Moore, PhD, has been appointed an associate vice president for research and has joined the senior leadership team in the University of Georgia’s Office of the Vice President for Research, effective July 7.
Critical mass: Presidential Extraordinary Research Faculty Hiring Initiative builds on UGA’s Signatu
Apr Mon 2016
Pejman Rohani's research is inherently collaborative, and he says the number and diversity of infectious disease researchers at UGA creates an extraordinary environment for discovery.
Apr Mon 2016
UGA researchers and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced recently the development of a vaccine that protects against multiple strains of both seasonal and pandemic H1N1 influenza in mouse models. They published their findings in the Journal of Virology.
Apr Fri 2016
Athens, Ga. - A record number of University of Georgia students and alumni have been offered National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year. These highly competitive awards recognize and support outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Mar Tue 2016
Athens, Ga. – Five University of Georgia faculty members are recipients of the 2016 Creative Teaching Awards presented by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. Jon Calabria, Cecilia Herles, Ilse Mason, Julie Moore and Tiffany Washington each received a surprise personal visit from Vice President Rahul Shrivastav and his staff announcing their selection. These faculty will be officially recognized during the UGA Faculty Recognition Banquet on April 11.
Feb Tue 2016
Payel Sil, a doctoral candidate at the department of infectious diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is our newest Face of International Education. Originally from New Delhi, India, she has been fascinated by traveling and life science since she was young.
Jan Wed 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Saliki on winning the 2015 AAVLD E. P. Pope Award for his work in the field of veterinary diagnostic laboratory medicine.
Jan Sat 2016
Human norovirus, an extremely contagious and hardy virus that spreads easily via contaminated food, water, or through person-to-person transmission, is the number one cause of acute gastroenteritis and food-borne illness.
Oct Wed 2015
Donald Harn, professor of infectious diseases and Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator, has been named the new director of UGA’s Faculty of Infectious Diseases. The group’s current director, Duncan Krause, plans to step down at the end of the calendar year following eight years of service in the position.
Sep Mon 2015
Ted M. Ross is one of 99 new faculty members at UGA (see UGA welcomes new faculty). He joined the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine this year as the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Infectious Diseases. One of the nation's leading infectious diseases researchers, his laboratory develops and tests vaccines for a variety of viral diseases, such as influenza, dengue, respiratory syncytial virus, Ebola and HIV/AIDS.
Mar Sun 2015
Congratulations to Mathew Abraham for his invitation to speak at the UGA-Merial Showcase.
Feb Mon 2015
Successfully treating rabies can be a race against the clock. Those who suffer a bite from a rabid animal have a brief window of time to seek medical help before the virus takes root in the central nervous system, at which point the disease is almost invariably fatal.
Feb Mon 2015
One of the nation's leading infectious disease researchers is joining UGA as its newest Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.
Jan Thu 2015
Athens, Ga. - Parasitic worms, which infect millions of people and animals around the world, have been shown to influence how the immune system responds to diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. In a new study of African buffalo, University of Georgia ecologist Vanessa Ezenwa found that de-worming drastically improved an animal's chances of surviving bovine tuberculosis—but with the consequence of increasing the spread of tuberculosis in the population.
Jan Mon 2015
AAI recently announced the AAI members and their designated AAI trainees selected to receive AAI Careers in Immunology Fellowships in 2015. The program, launched in 2014, is the largest in the AAI awards repertoire and provides independent research scientists with fellowships supporting one year of salary for a trainee (predoctoral or postdoctoral) in their labs.
Jan Fri 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Sanchez for her appointment as chair of the AAVMC One Health Committee!
Jan Thu 2015
Contragulations to Dr. Olivia Perwitasari, winner of the post doctoral award from OVPR!
Nov Sun 2014
Vincent visits the University of Georgia where he speaks with Zhen Fu and Biao He about their work on rabies virus and paramyxoviruses.
Nov Tue 2014
Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ralph A. Tripp, a professor of infectious diseases, will lead a team in pursuit of innovative global health and development research on norovirus.
Oct Sun 2014
Julie Moore, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has traveled the world to study the impact of malaria on pregnant women and their babies and uses her experiences to add color and context to the concepts she discusses in the classroom.
Oct Sun 2014
Associate professor Vanessa Ezenwa, who has a joint appointment in the Odum School of Ecology and the College of Veterinary Medicine, says one of the highlights of her career is taking undergraduate and graduate students to Africa to conduct field research.
Oct Wed 2014
Congratulations to Lisa McEwen, one of three winners of the Edward Jenner poster prize!
Sep Mon 2014
The Office of Service-Learning, a unit of the UGA Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, has selected nine faculty members to serve as 2014-15 Service-Learning Fellows. They will spend the academic year exploring ways to integrate experiential learning into their teaching and research.
Aug Mon 2014
Building upon UGA's strengths in cutting-edge infectious disease research, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents provided funding in 2007 to hire seven new faculty members working at the forefront of infectious disease prevention and control.