CVM Researcher Uses Plasticity to Combat Neurodegenerative Diseases

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher who predated Socrates, famously said, “Change is the only constant in life.” The truth of this paradox is found throughout the biological world. Organisms adapt to changes in their environment, or even differences between their various habitats. Plasticity is the modern byword for this quality of being readily molded or changeable. […]

Booth Named 2018 Guyton Award Lecturer

Professor of Biomedical Sciences Frank Booth, PhD, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Arthur C. Guyton Distinguished Lectureship Award by the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology. The ACDP is an independent organization associated with the American Physiological Society. The organization’s goal is promote research and education in the field of physiology. […]

Combination Breast Cancer Therapy Targets Both Tumor Cells and the Blood Vessels that Supply them, MU Researchers Find

Each day, normal human cell tissues express a protein known as p53 that wages war against potential malignancies. However, between 30 and 40 percent of human breast cancers express a defective (mutant) form of p53 that helps cancer cells proliferate and grow. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that combining a cancer […]

Emter To Serve As NIH Study Section Member

Congratulations to College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences Craig Emter, PhD, on being selected to serve as a regular member of the Hypertension and Microcirculation (HM) Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, beginning July 1, 2018. The HM Study Section reviews applications involving basic and applied aspects of cardiovascular regulation […]

Cummings Receives Grant To Study Relationship Between Serotonin and Hypoxia To Help Reduce SIDS

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health recently awarded Kevin Cummings, PhD, a four year, $1.5 million grant to help reveal how serotonin deficiency increases the risk of a baby dying from hypoxia while sleeping. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) remains a leading cause of infant death between 1 […]

MU CVM Professor Receives NIH Grant to Study Obesity-related Cardiovascular Disease

Shawn Bender, PhD, an assistant professor in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Biomedical Sciences, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 research award to continue his laboratory’s work to further understanding of the cardiovascular consequences of obesity. Bender received the five-year $2.8 million grant entitled “Mineralocorticoid receptor-dependent coronary vascular […]

Exploring All Avenues for Heart Health

College Avenue separates Patrick Delafontaine, MD, and Doug Bowles, PhD, but a mutual interest in unclogging arteries brought the two together. The dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the chair of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences are collaborating on research that could help prevent heart attacks. For […]

Ruyle Awarded NIH Predoctoral Fellowship to Study Chemoreflex Function

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Brian Ruyle, a graduate student in the laboratory of Biomedical Sciences Professor Eileen Hasser, PhD, a predoctoral fellowship to study mechanisms of action in the chemoreflex neurocircuitry. The arterial chemo reflex is an essential protective mechanism for adaptive responses to hypoxia.  However, chemoreflex dysfunction, including over-excitation of chemoreflex […]

Olver et al Honored with APSselect Designation for Work on Microvascular Insulin Resistance

Dylan Olver, PhD, of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, has been honored with a manuscript being chosen as an APSselect article, for the paper, “Microvascular insulin resistance in skeletal muscle and brain occurs early in the development of juvenile obesity in pigs.” Together with a research team from the University of Missouri Biomedical Sciences and […]

Anatomy Group Receives Teaching Enhancement Award

Cathy Kovarik, DVM, PhD, David Cross, DVM, PhD, and Brian Frappier, DVM, PhD, teaching faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, have received a Teaching Enhancement Award for their grant, “Developing an instructional video to aid in the dissection of the equine distal limb.” The anatomy of the equine distal limb is complex, yet extremely […]