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UGA Graduate School Hosts Three Minute Thesis Competition

May Fri 2019

WUGA's Graduate Assistant Morgan Frey attended the Graduate School's 2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition in April.

The 2019 Zoetis Award presented to Dr. Eric Lafontaine

Apr Wed 2019

The Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence recognizes researchers whose innovative studies have advanced the scientific standing of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa Receives 2019 CURO Research Mentoring Award

Mar Wed 2019

The CURO Research Mentoring Award recognizes outstanding faculty who consistently engage undergraduates...

Dr. Erik Anderson Seminar

Mar Wed 2019

Thank you to our seminar speaker, Dr. Erik Andersen.

Focus on Faculty: Andrew Park

Feb Mon 2019

Associate professor Andrew Park conducts research that aims to predict and limit the transmission of parasites and infectious diseases while also giving students the opportunity to work alongside him in his lab.

Developing a rapid attack against parasitic worms

Jan Wed 2019

Preclinical compound targets Wolbachia bacteria that are essential for nematode reproduction.

Focus on Faculty: Courtney Murdock

Jan Sun 2019

Courtney Murdock, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Odum School of Ecology, studies the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases to inform predictions about disease patterns and interventions to disrupt transmission.

Naoko Uno wins UGA’s Sixth 3MT

Jan Tue 2019

On April 3, last year, Naoko Uno won UGA’s sixth 3MT, which is sponsored annually by the Graduate School. Uno is currently researching an infectious disease known as dengue virus. She works with a research team at UGA’s Center for Vaccines and Immunology, in hopes of creating a universal vaccine. She is also an avid musician and vocalist.

Dr. Pejman Rohani Named as a UGA Athletic Association Professor

Jan Thu 2019

Four faculty members have been named University of Georgia Athletic Association Professors in recognition of their extraordinary records of scholarship, instruction and outreach. 

Focus on Faculty: Hemant Naikare

Jan Sun 2019

Hemant Naikare, director of the Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory in Tifton, is committed to introducing students—in 4-H, middle school, high school and at the undergraduate level—to the field of veterinary medicine.

Maria Lay Mendoza awarded GAIN Fellowship Award

Nov Fri 2018

Maria Lay Mendoza is a CBS MS student in Dr. Brindley's lab. She was awarded one of the Graduate School's fellowships, called GAIN.

Another successful Science of Veterinary Symposium

Nov Wed 2018

The 11th Annual Science of Veterinary Medicine took place on October 11th with keynote speaker Amy Vincent, DVM, Phd, Lead Scientist at the USDA-Agriculture Research Service (ARS), National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, Iowa.  Despite a hurricane delay, the day was an excellent showcase of the breadth of research being conducted at UGA CVM  with oral and poster presentations by trainees at all levels form undergrads and vet students to post docs and interns.

Two CVM faculty named AAAS fellows

Nov Wed 2018

Drs. Karen Burg, Pejman Rohani, and Xiaorong Lin among six UGA professors named AAAS Fellows

CVM faculty member elected to National Institutes of Health Council of Councils

Sep Mon 2018

Susan Sanchez to represent CVM on NIH Council of Councils

“Three Honors Students named 2018 Goldwater Scholars”

Sep Thu 2018

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia undergraduates Trisha Dalapati, Guy Eroh and Stephan George are among 211 students from across the nation to be recognized as Barry Goldwater Scholars, earning the highest undergraduate award of its type for the fields of the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

UGA study shows bacteria change their surface to increase antibiotic resistance

Sep Wed 2018

A recent study by a team of researchers at the University of Georgia provides insight into how and why bacteria become resistant to commonly used antibiotics over time.

Newly published study shows that temperature has effect on Zika transmission

Aug Thu 2018

New study by team of researchers from the University of Georgia, Harvard, Stanford and the University of Florida shows temperature is a big factor in Zika transmission.

AAVP Recognizes Dr. Ray Kaplan and Lab at Conference

Jul Tue 2018

The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) awarded Ray Kaplan with the Distinguished Veterinary Parasitolgist Award. It is the highest award the AAVP awards and is internationally recognized.

New findings link estrogen and T cell immune response to autoimmune inflammation

Jun Mon 2018

Women are more prone to the development of autoimmune diseases. The female hormone estrogen is likely to affect the immune system. A team of scientists from Turku Center for Biotechnology and University of Georgia reported new findings related to the involvement of estrogen hormone receptor in autoimmune diseases.

Harvill Group Awarded New Grant to Study Transmission

May Tue 2018

The grant funds new work seeking to identify exactly which genes transmission requires. Isolating genes of the virulence factor (transmission exopolysaccharide) will aid in determining functions. These complex sugars that bacteria secrete into a capsule around their cell body have unknown transmission-related properties. Dr. Harvill explains, “It takes a lot of energy for bacteria to secrete these large sugars, so they must be doing something important.”

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition

Apr Tue 2018

Congratulations to Naoko Uno in Dr. Ted Ross' lab on winning the 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition!

Dr. Wilkes’ lab research published in Journal of Veterinary Microbiology

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.

Dr. Wilkes Selected for John M. Bowen Award of Excellence in Animal Biomedical Research

Mar Fri 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Wilkes on receiving the 2018 John M. Bowen Award of Excellence in Animal/Biomedical Research.

Broadly Protected

Feb Mon 2018

Every year, flu season comes around. And every year new vaccines are developed to combat it.

What you need to know about dog flu

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.

PLOS Pathogens

Dec Mon 2017

Pathogen manipulation of host metabolism: A common strategy for immune evasion

Our Fight Against Flu

Nov Tue 2017

UGA's Ted Ross and colleagues pursue a scientific Holy Grail

UGA faculty awarded $3.2 million NIH grant to develop vaccine platform

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.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Aug Thu 2017

Congratulations to Shelly Samet on receiving the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

John M. Boden Award of Excellence in Animal Biomedical Research

Aug Thu 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Courtney Murdock on receiving the 2017 John M. Bowen Award of Excellence in Animal Biomedical Research.

Companion Animal Parasite Council Graduate Student in Zoonotic Disease Award

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!

Strong partnership: UGA’s GRA Eminent Scholars foster innovation and economic development

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.

Inventor of the Year Award

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.

Federal Laboratory Consortium Southeast Region Excellence in Technology Transfer Award

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”.

Zoetis Award for Research Excellence

Dec Wed 2016

Congratulations to Dr. StephenTrent on being awarded the 2016 Zoetis Award for Research Excellence!

Chance symbiosis

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?”

Improving global health

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.

UGA parasitologist elected to American Heartworm Society board of directors

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. 

Science of Veterinary Medicine Symposium Winners

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.

Father-son faculty duo team up on NSF grant

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.

UGA research sheds light on mechanism that leads to drug-resistant superbugs

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.

Naegleria fowleri drug research: an interview with Dennis Kyle, PhD

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"

John M. Boden Award for Excellence in Animal Biomedical Research

Aug Wed 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Melinda Brindley on being awarded the 2016 John M. Bowen Award of Execellence in Animal Biomedical Research!

Dr. Julie Moore appointed Associate Vice President for Research for UGA

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.

UGA, Sanofi Pasteur develop new vaccine for H1N1 influenza

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.

UGA students, alumni offered record number of NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

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.

Creative Teaching Award

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.

UGA International Education Instagram

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.

E. P. Pope Memorial Award

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.

Student Spotlight: Kyle Todd

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.

New Director for Faculty of Infectious Diseases

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.

GRA Eminent Scholar in Infectious Diseases working on universal flu vaccine

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.

Patterns of infection

May Fri 2015

Dr. Ezenwa wins Fulbright to study parasites in people.

UGA Merial Showcase

Mar Sun 2015

Congratulations to Mathew Abraham for his invitation to speak at the UGA-Merial Showcase.

College of Veterinary Medicine researchers develop new treatment for rabies

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.

Noted infectious disease researcher to join UGA

Feb Mon 2015

One of the nation's leading infectious disease researchers is joining UGA as its newest Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.

Not a win-win: Treating for worms helps animals survive, then spread infectious diseases

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.

Careers in Immunology Fellowship

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.

One Health Committee

Jan Fri 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Sanchez for her appointment as chair of the AAVMC One Health Committee!

Postdoctoral Research Award

Jan Thu 2015

Contragulations to Dr. Olivia Perwitasari, winner of the post doctoral award from OVPR!

TWiV 311: Bulldogs go viral

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.

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine receives Gates Foundation grant to study norovirus

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.

Focus on the Faculty: Julie Moore

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.

Focus on the Faculty: Vanessa Ezenwa

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.

Edward Jenner poster prize

Oct Wed 2014

Congratulations to Lisa McEwen, one of three winners of the Edward Jenner poster prize!

Nine faculty named Service-Learning Fellows for 2014-2015

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.

Infectious disease faculty’s studies enhance university’s research enterprise

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.

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