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Researchers from three University of Minnesota colleges, including the College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Scottish Rite for Children teamed up to determine if advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques that detect the dynamics of water molecules could detect early-stage bone damage in Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (LCPD). All bones need blood to function, and the human circulatory system is designed to deliver it.

Researchers in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) recently identified specific B cells with the ability to neutralize porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), one of the biggest threats to the global pork industry. In the United States, PRRS can cost pork producers nearly half a billion dollars per year, and current vaccines provide limited protection against the virus that causes the disease, which is particularly good at mutating.

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) led by Molly McCue, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, associate dean for research and professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the CVM, recently received nearly $60,000 from the Morris Animal Foundation to investigate the genetic risks for equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID). PPID is common in older horses and poses significant morbidity and mortality rates.

A team of researchers led by Peter Larsen, PhD, and Davis Seelig, DVM, PhD, DACVP, recently received $225,000 from the Rapid Agricultural Response Fund at the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station to determine the chronic wasting disease (CWD) prion burden, and its infectivity, in venison meat and on meat processing equipment. CWD is an infectious, 100% fatal neurodegenerative disease in deer, moose, and other cervids.

A team of University of Minnesota researchers led by Jessica Lawrence, DVM, DACVIM, DACVR, DECVDI, and Daniel Vallera, PhD, recently received $500,000 from the V Foundation for Cancer Research to investigate the B7-H3 protein’s role in the immune response in canine and human cancer. Many adult and pediatric tumor types overexpress the B7-H3 protein, including soft tissue and bone sarcomas.

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