Creighton's Dr. Nancy Hanson presents Feb. 27 seminar
Dr. Nancy D. Hanson, professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and director of Center for Research in Anti-Infectives and Biotechnology at Creighton University School of Medicine, will present a seminar tiltled "Molecular Surveillance of Clinically Important β-Lactamase Genes: A Requirement for One Health" on Feb. 27 in 145 VBS at 4 p.m.Abstract
Antibiotic resistance is a global problem that affects not only human health but animal and environmental health as well. The One Health Approach is defined as "the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines –working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment…". Both Gram-negative and Gram- positive organisms have developed a multitude of antibiotic resistance mechanisms both plasmid and chromosomally mediated. Difficult resistance mechanisms to detect in the clinical laboratory are mechanisms that confer resistance to β-lactam antibiotics. There are over 2,000 different β-lactamases that can confer resistance to β-lactam antibiotics. Many Gram-negative organisms produce multiple enzymes simultaneously in addition to other mechanisms of resistance making these organisms multi-drug resistant. This seminar will introduce 1) the global problem and One Health Approach to antibiotic resistance, 2) how the production of β-lactamases by Gram-negative pathogens can exclude the use of all β-lactam treatment for both human and animal patients, and 3) introduce new PCR-based detection methods for β-lactamase genes. Implementation of these PCR-based technologies can help control the spread of β-lactamase producing pathogens, direct antibiotic stewardship programs, and guide therapy.
New equipment at VDC speeds response to animal diseases
New equipment is allowing researchers at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center to identify potentially deadly bacteria in a matter of minutes — a process that previously took days.
Summer internship openings at Merck Animal Health
Merck Animal Health has two internships open to college students who have completed their sophomore year. Students should be working toward a degree in veterinary science, life science, biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, protein chemistry, microbiology or biotechnology. Detailed information can be found on the Merck website.
Grad students Krishnan and Basavalingappa receive awards
Our congratulations go out to three SVMBS graduate students who recently received awards.
Bharathi Krishnan was presented the Widaman Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award. This award provides a $2,000 stipend and recognizes those of high scholastic merit who are involved in basic research in agriculture. The award is made possible by the Widaman Trust, established in 1975 through a generous gift from Ms. Blanche Widaman.
Bharathi is pursuing a Ph.D. Her specialization is immunology, molecular biology, proteins and in vivo disease models in mice. She is advised by Dr. Jay Reddy.
Rakesh Basavalingappa received the Shear-Miles Agricultural Scholarship and Fellowship. The award provides a $2,000 stipend to graduate students conducting either basic or applied research. The Shear-Miles award was established through a gift from the estate of Dorothy S. Miles as a memorial to both her father and father-in-law, Cornelius Lott Shear and George Miles.
Govardhan Rathnaiah was awarded the Milton E. Mohr Fellowship in the amount of $3,000. The fellowship is named in honor of Milton E. Mohr, who was an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and corporate leader. It is award to those pursuing studies in a number of areas, including Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.
Fellowship Awarded to 52 Veterinary Students
Congratulations to our veterinary students in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. All received a J.J. and Eleanor Ogle Fellowship. The fellowships were presented at the 2016 Distinguished Fellowships and Awards Luncheon held in November.
Pickard named AAAS fellow
Congratulations to Dr. Gary Pickard, professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who has been named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Fellows are selected by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished achievements that advance science or its application.
Dr. Pickard was selected for distinguished contributions to neuroscience, especially for describing neuroanatomical circuitry in the mammalian brain and using viral probes for tracing circuitry within the circadian system.
He is one of five UNL faculty members to receive the honor this year. Honorees will be formally recognized Feb. 18, 2017, at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.