Analysis is Focus of Studying Day for Purdue College Faculty of Veterinary Medication

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Friday April 16, 2021

The college is resuming the annual PVM research day in virtual format to present the scholarship to faculty and students

A long-standing tradition of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, showing annual research from graduate students, interns, residents, veterinary students and faculty, returned to Lynn Hall in April, albeit in virtual form, after a year-long hiatus caused by the pandemic. The PVM Research Day is usually held as a personal program and focuses one day on basic and clinical / applied research in veterinary and comparative medicine.

The event usually took place in April and had to be canceled last year as the college campus closed with pandemic and students were sent home as classes shifted to virtual environments. A year later, the stage was set for the College of Veterinary Medicine to offer PVM Research Day on Tuesday April 13th as a combination of live virtual presentations on the Zoom platform and recorded lectures and research posters delivered through a website are accessible. This particular day was one of three “reading days” planned as part of a modified academic calendar to make up for the loss of a spring break that was canceled to minimize mass travel to and from campus.

The research day is affiliated with the Omicron Chapter of the College of Veterinary Medicine of the Society of Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine in the USA. It is designed to highlight scientific discoveries in college that improve animal and human welfare. After a greeting from Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed, the program began with a virtual keynote presentation with Dr. Paul Plummer, Professor and Anderson Endowed Chair of Veterinary Sciences at Iowa State University, and the Executive Director of the National Institute of Microbial Resistance Research and Education. Dr. Plummer is also a member of the Presidential Advisory Board on Combating Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria, which is responsible for advising, informing, and making recommendations to the federal government regarding programs and guidelines to support and evaluate the implementation of U.S. government activities related to combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria Bacteria. Dr. Plummer’s lecture entitled “Lessons from the One Health Interface” was viewed by more than 70 virtual participants.

Other elements of the event included virtual poster presentations covering three dozen different research projects in three categories: basic research, clinical and applied research, and research by DVM students participating in grants with mentors from the faculty as part of the Veterinary Research Scholars summer program. In addition, a number of doctoral students, residents and faculties gave lectures, including the associate professor of basic medical sciences Marxa Figueiredo, who, as recipient of the 2020 Zoetis Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Veterinary Research, gave a lecture on the topic of “Osteo-immunotherapeutics against metastatic prostate tumors and bones . “The day ended with the announcement of a number of awards for meritorious research, including the best of poster presentations and scientific lectures.

Congratulations to the following winners of the PVM Research Day 2021:

Phi Zeta Manuscript Award ($ 250)

Basic research: Dr. Ana Aghili – Resident of Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, “Assessing the Physical Compatibility of Injectable Enrofloxacin with Common Intravenous Fluids and Drugs During Simulated Y-Port Administration”

Clinical / Applied Research: Dr. Nelly Elshafie – PhD student, Department of Comparative Pathobiology, “MicroRNA Biomarkers in Diffuse Large-Cell B-Cell Lymphoma in Dogs”

Phi Zeta Omicron Chapter Graduate Student Research Award

1st place ($ 250) – Dr. Carla Olave, Resident Large Animal Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, “Effects of Low-Dust Feed on Racehorse Dust Exposure, Respiratory Cytology, and Plasma Omega-3 Levels: A Randomized Clinical Trial”

2nd place ($ 100) – Dr. Marejka Shaevitz, Resident for Medical Oncology, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, “Early exposure of caregivers to owners of pets with suspected cancer: Owners psychosocial outcomes, communication behavior and treatment factors”

PVM Graduate Student Research Award

1st place ($ 250) – Juan Hernandez, PhD Student, Immunology, Comparative Pathobiology Department, “Improved Vaccine Efficacy After Intradermal Immunization Using a Novel Adjuvant Made of Dinucleotide and Nanoparticle Combination”

2nd place (100 USD) – Dr. Priscila da Silva Serpa, teaching assistant for university graduates, Department of Comparative Pathobiology, “Reactive oxygen species, glutathione and vitamin E concentrations in dogs with hemolytic or non-hemolytic anemia”

Osborne Award finalists

1st place ($ 250) – Dr. Garrett Oetelaar, Resident Diagnostic Imaging Resident, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, “Magnetic Resonance Imaging Characteristics of Bromethalin Toxicosis in a Cat”

2nd place ($ 200) – Dr. Ana Aghili, Resident Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, “The First Case Report of Pleural Sporotrichosis in a Cat in the United States”

3rd place ($ 150) – Dr. Beatriz Lopez, Resident of Small Animal Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, “Massive gastrointestinal stroma tumor with no clinical signs of a dog”

Poster Awards

Basic research:

1st place ($ 200) – Shawna Cook, Research Associate at the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, “Identification of a Genetic Variant Associated with Juvenile Motor Polyneuropathy in a Family of Siberian Forest Cats”

2nd place ($ 100) – Edmond Rogers, PhD Student, Translational Neuroscience Laboratory, Basic Medical Sciences Division, “TBI-on-a-Chip: Linking Physical Effects to Neurodegeneration by Decoding Primary and Secondary Injury Mechanisms”

Clinical and Applied Research:

1st place ($ 200) – Dr. Luis Lembcke, Oncologist, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, “Pharmacokinetics and Toxicity of a Commercially Available Cannabidiol Oil Formulation in Laboratory Dogs”

2nd place ($ 100) – Prabha Bista, Research Associate, Pathology, Comparative Pathobiology, “Fusobacterium Necrophorum Outer Membrane Proteins: Potential Vaccine Candidates”

DVM student:

1st place (200 USD) – Adrianne Glaser, DVM Class of 2022, “Pathological Changes in Mucosal Proteins of the Vocal Cords After Systemic Dehydration in Rats”

2nd place ($ 100) – Asia Fernandes, DVM Class of 2021, “Hemotropic Mycoplasma in Wild Boars, Hounds and Hunters in Brazil”

Congratulations also to the following veterinary students, local residents, and faculty members who have been initiated as new members of the Omicron chapter by Phi Zeta.

New veterinary student initiated:

Seniors (DVM class from 2021):

Kevin J. Bersch

Madeleine O. Bryan

Julianna K. Dimichele

Laura M. Brink

Julia R. O’Rourke

Jonathan M. Richardson

Taylor N. Baird

Ethan Fultz

Katelin V. Dark

Sarah A. Wunderlich

Monica L. Vogel

Anna L. Adams

Brent A. Bales

Lydia M. Hall

Jeffrey R. Helfrich

Lauren R. Kerestes

Evan C. Carter Taylor

Chad W. Coakley

Brittany Campbell

Michaela M. Helm

Sarah A. Pound

Juniors (DVM class from 2022):

Emily K. Hess

Adrianne R. Glaser

Aislinn L. Latham

Jaime E. hours

Natalia P. Amaral Marrero

Allison N. Valentine

Levi B. Brock

Charles C. Peacock

Benjamin R. Fields

New faculty and resident initiates:

Drs. Natalie Bullard; Bethany Funnell; Masahiro Murakami; Suma rao; Jose Goni; Sara Ostenkamp; Meera Ramesh; Wendy Beauvais; Geoffrey Lossie; Nobuko Wakamatsu-Utsuki; Malathi Raghavan; Emily Curry; Caroline Gillespie-Harmon; Rafael Neves; Ahmed Khairoun; Jennifer Peterson; Janet Roque-Torres; Sriveny Dangoudoubiyam; Carrie Fulkerson; Sun Young Kim; Shin Ae Park; Luis Lembke; Ana Pinto; Bushra Zaidi; Steve Hooser; Suresh Mittal; and Rebecca Wilkes.

“This has been a wonderful day,” said Dr. Harm HogenEsch, Assistant Dean of Research at PVM, who thanked Phi Zeta officials for their work in organizing and supporting the event, as well as several staff including Susan Xioufaridou, Director of Alumni, for relationships and special events for moderating the meetings; Wright Frazier, Director of Web Communications for providing all of the information on the website for the event; and Erin Lane, Administrative Assistant to the PVM Office of Research, for all of her efforts to coordinate the day.

The President of the Omicron Chapter, Dr. Janice Kritchevsky, Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine, closed the day by explaining how PVM Research Day was a reflection of where we are at with COVID-19. She said after the event had to be canceled last year: “… here 12 months later we have adjusted and could do everything online. I think it came together really well. Hopefully we can meet again in person next year. “

Kevin Doerr |