The mission of this group is to advance the knowledge in eco health in the maintenance of mutually sustainable ecosystems for the benefits of global communities The Eco-Health research group supports College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and collaborators involved in research addressing a broad spectrum of issues related to wildlife and human health and welfare. This group recognizes the importance of building strong collaborations between zoos, scientists, clinicians, foundations, philanthropic groups and general public in order to maximize its impact. This group is especially interested in:
- Anatomic adaptation of sea lions
- Preservation of wild birds and reptiles
- Viral infections in wild cats
- Genomics of the Snow Leopard
- Environment and reproductive physiology
- Public advocacy on veterinary issues
The Eco-Health Research Interest Group strives to generate new knowledge to guide the preservation of wildlife, and enhance our understanding of environmental changes on human and animal health. This group utilizes laboratory- and field- based research to promote national and international collaborations and training of future scientists. The Eco-Health Research Interest Group serves as an educational resource for experts, governing bodies and general public through scientific presentations and publications.
Questions regarding this RIG should be directed to Dr. Hrvoje Smodlaka.
The mission of the Collaborative Clinical Research Program is to promote animal and human health and welfare through clinical research in collaboration with a network of strategic partners. The Collaborative Clinical Research Program (CCRP) will provide structure and support for College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and collaborators involved in clinically-based research projects addressing a broad spectrum of issues that impact animal and human health and welfare. The CCRP recognizes the importance of building strong collaborations between scientists, clinicians, industry, government entities, special interest and philanthropic groups, and pet owners in order to achieve its research goals. Research areas of interests within the group include:
- Animal-human interactions
- Infectious diseases, including vector-borne disease
- Immune-mediated disease
- Mechanisms of thrombosis
- Orthopedics & biomechanics
- Preventive medicine
- Regenerative medicine
- Therapeutic interventions
The CCRP will strive to enhance and extend the body of evidence informing clinical understanding and decisions in veterinary medicine, public health, and other areas at the interface between animals and humans. A key function of the group will be to produce scholarly publications and other methods of disseminating information derived from our research. We welcome collaborators to help us find answers to important clinical problems and veterinary issues. Your contribution may be as small as a submitting a clinical specimen or as involved as participation in a clinical consortium.
For more information about the group, please contact Dr. Linda Kidd.
The mission of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medical Education Research Interest Group is to understand, improve, validate, and promote effective educational practices in veterinary medical and other health professions education. The research activities in the group will include:
- The creation and validation of teaching and assessment tools.
- Defining and assessing pre-professional, professional, and post-professional student outcomes
- The exploration and further understanding of educational theory
- The development and assessment of health professions educators
To achieve these goals, the group will employ a rigorous scientific approach to descriptive, observational, and analytic studies utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods. Scholarly publications will support innovative educational advancement and lead to an improvement in and a greater understanding of educational processes and outcomes.
Questions regarding this RIG should be directed to Dr. Peggy Barr.
The mission of the The Infectious Disease Research Interest Group studies molecular, cellular, and animal systems to eradicate and prevent infectious diseases affecting humans and animals. Infectious diseases have been identified as a programmatic research priority at Western University of Health Sciences, offering ample opportunities for inter-professional collaborations and strategic partnerships on campus, as well as with local, national, and international research Centers. The research activities in the group will include:
- Translational research
- Vector-borne diseases
- Zoonotic diseases
- Community and Global Health
- Infectious diseases in food and small animals
Group members meet twice a month to:
- Discuss accomplishments and future plans
- Identify areas of need, support, and funding
- Strengthen external and internal collaborative efforts
- Promote student involvement in research
Questions regarding this RIG should be directed to Dr. Mohammad Mir.