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  • Dr. Michael Court received the 2015 Zoetis Research Excellence Award

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  • Dale Moore received the 2015 WSU Faculty Member of the Year and Rachel Jensen receive the 2015 Distinguished Veterinary Staff award

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  • There's a Rabies Vaccine But 59,000 People Still Die From It Every Year

    After an international meeting of researchers, the World Health Organization is calling for renewed efforts in fighting a disease that kills one person every 10 minutes worldwide. The disease, which condemns tens of thousands of victims every year to a slow, painful death, is actually completely vaccine-preventable: rabies.

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  • WSU Part of WHO Plan for Eliminating Human Rabies

    The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is a vital link in the framework for elimination of human rabies worldwide by 2030 announced today.

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  • Increasing and accurately measuring rabies vaccination coverage in Tanzania

    Canine mediated rabies is endemic in Tanzania despite the fact that the disease can be prevented entirely by mass dog vaccination. Since 2003 the Serengeti Health Initiative has been carrying out rabies vaccination campaigns that aim to achieve the 70% coverage required in order to eliminate rabies. The research team, a partnership among the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University, and Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, studied whether the use of incentives might increase owner participation in the vaccination events, and also examined the most effective way to estimate post-vaccination coverage.

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  • Dr. John Michael Receives GPSA Award

    Congratulations to recent graduate John Michael for receiving the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Teaching Assistant award! To read more, visit the GPSA website: GPSA Excellence Awards

  • SMB professor Mike Konkel just returned

    SMB professor Mike Konkel just returned from the 2015 Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO) international meeting in Rotorua, New Zealand where he delivered a plenary address.
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  • Successful Ph.D. Defense: John Michael

    Successful Ph.D. Defense - John Michael
    "Functional Effects of the H1-Helix and the Flexible Linker of Cardiac Troponin T in Health and Disease" 

  • Dr. Samantha Gizerian Awarded NACADA Advising Award

    Dr. Samantha Gizerian, advisor for the undergraduate Neuroscience program, has been awarded the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) 2016 Excellence in Advising-Faculty Advisor Award. Congratulations! 

  • Recent Neuroscience Graduate Kimberly Honn Received $1.435M Grant

    Recent Neuroscience graduate, Kimberly Honn, received a $1.435M grant to research truck driver sleep schedules and improve road safety. Read more here: Researcher's rare award may help improve road safety

  • Matthew A. Powell, MD named director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine

    Matthew A. Powell, MD, a noted gynecologic oncologist and researcher and a WSU alum, has been named director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. Powell earned a B.S. degree in biochemistry and biophysics from Washington State University in 1990. Congratulations Dr. Powell!
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  • Weighing benefits, risks of wild birds on organic farms

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  • SMB Mary S├ínchez Lanier named top National Academic Advisor

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  • Dr. Gizerian Awarded 2015-2016 ACADA Advisor Award

    Congratulations to the Neuroscience program's academic advisor, Dr. Sam Gizerian, for receiving the WSU Academic Advising Association (ACADA) 2015-2016 Advisor Award-Faculty Advisor category! View the article here: WSU ACADA Awards

  • Genetic variant of drug transporter gene in cats predisposes to drug toxicity

    A research team in the Program in Individualized Medicine identified a mutation in a gene encoding a drug transporter that is a key component of the blood brain barrier.  The Animal Poison Control Center contacted Dr. Katrina Mealey when a cat that experienced neurological toxicity after being treated for ear mites.  Using DNA from that cat, a 2 base pair deletion was identified in the ABCB1 gene (ABCB11930_1931del TC) .  Mealey and her team then sequenced the gene in 100 other cats from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s DNA Bank and found that approximately 4% of cats have the genetic defect.  By knowing which cats have the genetic defect prior to treatment for ear mites (and other diseases), veterinarians can use alternative treatments and prevent adverse drug reactions in cats. Read More
  • Partnering with Veterinarians and Clients to End Rabies

    Beginning in the summer of 2015, the Allen School is partnering with veterinary clinics and their clients to eliminate rabies as a public health problem worldwide. The goal is zero human deaths by 2030.

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  • 1st Biennial Chromatin-DNA Repair Lecture Honored the Distinguished Careers of Drs. Raymond Reeves and Michael Smerdon

    To honor Drs. Smerdon and Reeves and their long careers and innovative research on how DNA in chromatin influences basic cell functions, the School of Molecular Biosciences hosted the “Smerdon/Reeves Symposium on DNA Repair in Chromatin: The First 40 years (and Beyond)” May 21-23, 2015.

    Raymond Reeves and Michael Smerdon

    The event, which brought prominent speakers from the United States, Canada, and Australia, coincided with the 40th anniversary of the first studies reported on nucleotide excision repair in chromatin. The Smerdon/Reeves Chromatin-DNA Repair Lecture Fund at WSU’s School of Molecular Biosciences was created to fund a biennial lectureship and to honor their legacies. For more information on how you can support this lectureship, visit

    DNA Repair in Chromatin: The First 40 years (and Beyond), WSU Lewis Alumni Centre, May 21-23, 2015

    Raymond Reeves is a pioneer in the fields of cell biology and chromatin structure/ function. His contributions include the first demonstration that gap junctions are membrane channels used for cell-to-cell communication of small molecules, that the nuclei of adult differentiated skin cells contain all of the genetic information to produce new individuals, and the original isolation and characterization of the genes coding for the High Mobility Group A (HMGA) family of non-histone chromatin proteins that regulate gene transcription in both normal and cancerous cells. He has served on numerous National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation grant panels, and on the editorial boards of a number of international scientific journals. For many years, he served as the director of the NIH Biotechnology Training Program at WSU. He has received numerous honors for his academic and research achievements. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and his work was recognized as contributing to the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to Professor John Gurdon. More recently, he was chosen to present the WSU Distinguished Faculty Ad-dress in 2014. Dr. Reeves retired in July 2015.

    Over the course of his career at WSU,Michael Smerdon, Regents Professor of biochemistry and biophysics, made impressive contributions to the understanding of DNA damage and repair in chromatin. A recognized leader in the field, he was one of the first investigators to focus on the role of chromatin structure in DNA repair. Dr. Smerdon has extensive experience on the effects of chromatin structure, chromatin modifications, and transcription factor binding on excision repair in both yeast and mammalian cells. He was continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 36 years. He also received a Research Career Development Award (RCDA) and MERIT award (Method to Extend Research in Time) from the National Institutes of Health. He served on several scientific advisory panels. He received several honors for his academic achievements, most recently being elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. And this fall, a special issue DNA Repair titled “DNA Excision Repair in Chromatin” will honor his career in the field of DNA repair.

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  • 2015 White Coat Ceremony

    Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed the Class of 2019 to the Veterinary Medical Profession at the 17th Annual Convocation, also known as the White Coat Ceremony, on Thursday, August 20, 2015.

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  • PrIMe graduate student awarded Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship

    Dr. Tania E. Perez-Jimenez (DVM, MS) has been awarded a highly competitive 2-year Fellowship training grant from the Morris Animal Foundation in support of her PhD thesis project.  Dr. Perez recently completed her training as a veterinary anesthesiologist in the WSU residency program under Drs. Tammy Grubb and Stephen Greene (PriMe faculty members); and is now receiving pharmacology research training in Dr. Michael Court’s Pharmacogenomics laboratory.  The goal of her study is to improve the effectiveness of tramadol for pain relief in dogs through genetic testing and combination drug therapies.  Although tramadol is widely used by veterinarians to treat mild to moderate pain in dogs, there is evidence that this drug may not work well in many patients because of genetic differences and administration of other interacting drugs.  Her study will identify genes (and ultimately a gene test) that could be used to determine which dogs would respond best to tramadol.  She will also identify which other drugs could interfere with the analgesic effect of tramadol (and should be avoided), and also which other drugs might boost the pain relief from tramadol (and could be given as a combination therapy). Morris Animal Foundation
  • Four win DNA sequencing research grants at WSU

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