2013-04-19 18:55:00 - Advancements in Animal Reproduction, Cattle Research, Vaccinations, Infectious Disease, Oncology and Food Safety Highlighted at BIO International Convention – April 22-25, 2013 – Chicago, Ill.
Chicago - Booth #3831 - April 19, 2013 - The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) of the University of Saskatchewan announced that its animal health initiatives will be showcased in the Saskatchewan Biosciences Booth at the 2013 BIO International Convention from Monday, April 22, to Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Chicago, Ill.
“Our investment in science and research is producing global advancements in veterinary medicine,” stated Dr. Baljit Singh, associate dean of research at the WCVM. “In return, we are making internationally significant discoveries in areas including basic and applied sciences, comparative medicine, food safety, toxicology, public health and environmental health.”
Key advancements that will be highlighted at the 2013 BIO International Convention include:
• WCVM scientists pioneered research in superovulation, estrus
synchronization and fertility.
• Bovine health investigations stemming from the Western Canadian Beef Productivity Study that involved more than 30,000 cows from 200 herds in Saskatchewan, Alberta and northern British Columbia.
• WCVM scientists were involved in discovering post weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS). The college’s researchers also collaborated on a vaccine for porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2).
• WCVM leads the newly-funded NSERC Collaborative Research Experience and Training Program in the area of infectious disease/food safety/public policy. The program is in partnership with the Free University-Berlin and India’s Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVAS).
• WCVM researchers are leading zoonotic disease investigations in some of Saskatchewan’s remote Aboriginal communities. The scientists are also involved in investigations of water quality and safety in rural communities.
• WCVM scientists by using animal models are collaborating on a variety of oncology research projects.
• The WCVM Ophthalmology Research Group is studying mechanisms of pathogenesis of inherited ocular diseases.
• Researchers from the Toxicology Centre have developed novel assays to test endocrine response to chemicals in the environment. These tests address EPA regulatory requirements for more than 800 chemicals registered in the USA.
• WCVM is a participant in the University of Saskatchewan’s new Global Food Security Institute.
• WCVM scientists are part of collaborative teams that are using the Canadian Light Source’s Biomedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamline for research that focuses on oncology, lameness and reproduction. One example is the WCVM’s prostate cancer investigations that use a canine model to learn more about the disease and to improve therapies for people and animals.
For more information, visit the Canada Café, Booth #3831, at BIO or go to
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