April 18, 2007

In the News

Volume 1, Issue 12
Tuesday, April 18, 2007

"News and Events" is a (mostly) bi-weekly briefing from Melissa Weber in the CVM Communications & Marketing office. If you have news items or comments, please send them to weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu or give me a call at 614-292-3752.

Stories Today

Osteosarcoma study seeks canine participants

Dogs diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA) may be eligible to participate in a new drug study being conducted in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This study is a multi-center national trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Comparative Oncology Program, Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium, and the Morris Animal Foundation. The purpose of this study is to define a relevant dose and dosing schedule for Rapamycin in tumor-bearing dogs. This is a dose escalation study (seven days) of Rapamycin in dogs with osteosarcoma (OSA) prior to surgery. This study is for newly diagnosed OSA patients (weight greater than 15 kg), whose owners are considering amputation/resection of the primary tumor.

If interested, please go to the study website for more information. You can also contact Dr. Bill Kisseberth at 614-292-3551 (press 4 for small animal clinics, followed by 4 for oncology)


Center for Retrovirus Research Distinguished Research Career Award

Plan to join members of the Center for Retrovirus Research for the eighth Distinguished Research Career Award presentation and lecture. Teh Jeang, MD, Ph.D., will receive the award and give his keynote talk: "HTLV-1, Adult T-cell Leukemia, and Mechanisms of Cellular Transformati" on Thursday, April 19 at 3:30 in Dunlap Auditorium, VMAB, 1900 Coffey Rd. Dr. Jeang is Head, Molecular Virology Section, Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology, NIAID, National Institutes of Health. Teh will give a second talk on Friday, April 20 at 9 am, "HIV-1 and small RNAs: what we are learning," in 322 Goss Lab, 1925 Coffey Rd.


Research Day Winners' List

Another successful Research Day was held on Thursday, April 12 with 97 posters. Here are the winners of the $600 travel awards.

Immunology And Infectious Diseases

Gillian Beamer, "Disease Outcome To Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection In Mice Can Be Predicted By Peripheral Immune Response to Antigen 85;" Mentor: Dr. Joanne Turner, Department of Veterinary Biosciences and Center for Microbial Interface Biology

Yaoling Shu, "Measles Virus Core Protein Determinants of Viral Gene Expression;" Mentor: Dr. Mike Oglesbee Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Molecular And Cellular Biology

Cheryl Bolinger, "RNA Helicase A Interacts With Divergent Lymphotropic Retroviruses and Is Necessary for Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus Type 1 Replication;" Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Shanggen Zhou, "Piasy Represses Ccaat/Enhancer Binding Protein δ (C/EBPpδ) By Sequestering C/EBPδ from Transciptionally Active Nuclear Foci;" Mentor: Dr. Jim Dewille Department of Veterinary Biosciences


Anusak Kijtawornrat, "Effects Of Calcium Cycling Alteration on the Genesis of Torsades De Pointes in Myocardial Failing Rabbit Heart;" Mentor: Dr. Robert Hamlin, Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Clinical Research

Edward Cooper, "Evaluation Of Hyperviscous Fluid Resuscitation In Canine Model Of Hemorrhagic Shock: A Randomized, Controlled Study;" Mentor: Dr. William Muir, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Sarah Stone, Title: "Capsular Tension Ring Effect on Canine Lens Epithelial Cell Proliferation and Migration Ex Vivo;" Mentor: Dr. David Wilkie, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Epidemiology and Applied Research

Melanie Abley, "Association Of Pathogen Load in Cattle with Retail Beef Contamination;" Mentor: Dr. Tom Wittum, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Veterinary Students

Caitlin Mcintosh, VME 2, " The Role Of Methamphetamine In Tl-3 Resistance of Fiv Infected G355 Astrocyte Cells;" Mentors: Drs. Lawrence Mathes & Kate Hayes, Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Tammy Owens, VME 2, "Association Between Alpha-2a Adrenergic Receptor Gene Polymorphisms And Feline Idiopathic Cystitis," Mentor: Dr. Tony Buffington, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Joshua Stern, V?E 3, "Estimation of Left Ventricular End-Diastolic Pressure By Cardiac Ultrasound: A Simultaneous Invasive Hemodynamic and Doppler Echocardiographic Study in Awake Dogs With Pacing-Induced Heart Failure;" Mentor: Dr. Karsten Schober, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences


Just for fun

For a poignant reminder of the human-animal bond, take a look at the op-ed by Anna Quindlen in this week's Newsweek magazine.


Vet Med in the news

Finding lost pets

Dr. Linda Lord, associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine, appeared recently on WCMH-TV to discuss her study about recovering lost pets.

More information.

Experts in the News

University Relations offers a weekly tip sheet to local media, and includes a list of experts who can comment on seasonal activities and timely issues. During the week of Easter, Jeff LeJeune, Food Animal Health Research Program, was featured:

  • Easter chicks and Salmonella:
    • Be careful with those cuddly gifts. Chicks and ducklings can bring smiles to kids this Easter season, but they could also carry something not so cuddly into your home: Salmonella infection, an illness that is particularly dangerous to young children. Jeff LeJeune, an Ohio State University veterinary researcher with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, said parents need to be aware of the risks associated with handling young poultry or fowl and make sure everyone in the household follows the appropriate measures to avoid infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 81 people in 22 states fell ill last spring after contracting Salmonella from chicks. The outbreaks occurred around Easter, and at least some of the cases were believed to have stemmed from birds given as gifts. LeJeune says it's recommended to keep children under five years of age from touching the birds.
    • CONTACT: Jeff LeJeune, Food Animal Health Research Program, (330) 263-3739, lejeune [dot] 3 [at] osu [dot] edu,

Concerns continue over pet food recall

  • Featured Expert: Tony Buffington, professor of veterinary clinical science
    USA Today, March 28, 2007
  • Orlando Sentinel, April 3, 2007
  • ALSO: AP via WXIX-19, Cincinnati: Pet Food Recall Expands Two Different Ways
  • Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2007
  • WNYC-AM: The Brian Lehrer Show, April 5, 2007, Recall Freefall
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 17, 2007, Owners weary of recalls go natural for pets' sake

Owners prowling for alternatives
Vets question increasingly popular raw, organic diets

Featured expert: Dr. Jane Flores, assistant professor of veterinary clinical science
The Columbus Dispatch,April 12, 2007

Read the article


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 24, Keeping Indoor Cats Happy!

Join Dr. Tony Buffington, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, at the new WOSU studio at COSI on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. for his presentation on techniques for keeping indoor cats healthy and happy. With space for a live studio audience of up to 250, the show will be videotaped for broadcast later. The event is free but due to limited seating, RSVPs are recommended: 614-292-1171 or weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu


News across campus

Health Literacy Workshop

The Ohio State University Health Literacy Initiative is sponsoring a one day workshop on Health Literacy for Diverse Audiences on May 8th in Columbus. This workshop is designed to offer the basic knowledge and skills needed to apply guidelines and tools necessary to develop low-literacy materials that are culturally specific. Previous training in health literacy is not necessary to attend this workshop.

More information

Health Science Outreach RFP

The Request For Proposals and application for 2007-2008 funding from the Ohio State Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is now posted to the AHEC website. The funding is directed towards outreach projects that will provide Health Sciences students, interns, and residents with the opportunity to gain experience in rural and inner city communities. Program awards can be up to $5,000; proposals are due on or before May 21.