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With $200,000 in new funding from the University of Minnesota Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs Faculty Research Development Grant, researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Medical School, led by Molly McCue, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, and Suma Jacob, MD, PhD, will address the critical need to more effectively identify and train assistance dogs (AD) that serve people with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

As part of a University of Sydney-led consortium of experts in Australia, New Zealand, and the Asian-Pacific, Andres Perez, DVM, PhD, professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine and director of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, received approximately $85,000 from the Austral

Scientists at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health recently found that high flow rate samplers — which assess a greater quantity of air at one time than low flow rate samplers — may be better for detecting infectious virus and viral RNA in the air in animal agricultural settings. Meanwhile, they saw that low flow rate samplers more accurately measured airborne virus concentrations.

Pyoderma, atopic dermatitis, and seborrhea are relatively common, troublesome skin conditions in dogs. These disorders cause a cadre of problems such as itching, hair loss, secondary bacterial or fungal infections, and behavioral problems due to psychological stress as a result of chronic discomfort.

As COVID-19 spread across the world, doctors and researchers alike noted a variety of symptoms associated with sick patients. Experts are beginning to consider that a portion of these varying symptoms, as well as the likelihood of contracting the disease and morbidity rates, could be attributed to differences between individuals’ biologically assigned sex and race. A research team led by Manci Li, PhD candidate, recently published a perspective review looking at host response to coronavirus infection based on the host’s genome.

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