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Auburn launches ‘One Medicine’ cancer initiative

AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has launched a new initiative to accelerate cancer innovation from the laboratory to the clinic. The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer, or AURIC, embodies “One Medicine” – the concept that sees human and animal health as a single field where discoveries in one species advance health in both species.

“In 2010, more than 23,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed and more than 10,000 people died of cancer in Alabama,” said Bruce Smith, AURIC director. “In addition to being ill with cancer or seeing relatives endure pain, many Alabamians have also watched a beloved pet suffer from this disease. Animals and humans share many of the same cancers and what we learn in treating a tumor in a dog can teach us more about treating the same tumor in a person.”

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A giant battle: Auburn canines help in search for Everglades’ pythons

AUBURN – The scenario sounds like a low-budget movie from the 1970s: Humongous snakes are on the loose, eating everything in sight. But this is real – a problem that Auburn University and its canines are helping to combat.

Auburn researchers used detection dogs in the Everglades National Park to find Burmese pythons during a recent study on ways to manage and eradicate these nonnative, invasive snakes, which are eating native wildlife, mostly mammals and birds.

“The ultimate use for detection dogs is to suppress the expanding python population and to eliminate them in small areas, such as on an island. Our main concern is their impact on other wildlife,” said Christina Romagosa of Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. “Interaction with humans is also a problem. The snakes, like alligators, can get in swimming pools, eat small dogs and cats, and could injure a human.”

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Smart contact lenses at Auburn could make eye drops a thing of the past

AUBURN – An Auburn University team of chemical and biomedical engineers led by Mark Byrne, the Daniel F. and Josephine Breeden Associate Professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has developed a new method to deliver eye medication by wearing contact lenses.

Byrne’s lenses are the first to release drug doses over time for as long as the contact should be worn. The lenses deliver a constant flow of medication without altering a patient’s natural vision, or can be used to correct vision while also delivering eye medication, such as anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and anti-allergy drugs.

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Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine to hold May 14 drive for pets left homeless by tornado

AUBURN – The tornadoes that ripped through Alabama left many family pets homeless. As a result, animal shelters in north and west Alabama are overwhelmed and in need of help until families and animals can be reunited.

Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is asking the community to help fill a truck with needed supplies on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the parking lot of the college located at 1130 Wire Road. The supplies will be distributed among the animal shelters.

Items urgently needed include: pet food, cat litter and trays, water and food bowls, collars and leashes, dog crates, non-medicated shampoo, bleach, paper towels, towels, bedding, horse feed, hay, chicken feed and fencing materials.

For a complete list of items, visit the College of Veterinary Medicine website at http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu.

Contact: Tara Lanier, (334) 844-3698 (tara.lanier@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)

Auburn University’s canine detectors to sniff out IEDs, help protect troops in Afghanistan

AUBURN – Auburn University has entered into a two-year, multimillion-dollar partnership with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO, to stop improvised bombs in Afghanistan by providing a powerful detector tool – bomb-sniffing canines. The Department of Defense established JIEDDO to “lead, advocate, and coordinate all DOD actions to defeat improvised explosive devices.”

Auburn was selected to produce these IED-detection dogs because of the program’s long history of success with canine olfaction research and detector dog breeding and training. The Auburn University Canine Detection Research Institute and Training Center is the only program associated with a veterinary sports medicine program and a college of veterinary medicine.

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Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine designated Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine

Valery Petrenko (left), principal investigator of Auburn's Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine, is shown with researcher Olusegun Fagbohun.

AUBURN – The National Institutes of Health has designated Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine a Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine. The five-year, $1.7 million award is part of a larger, $13.5 million grant from the NIH National Cancer Institute which established a Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence.

Auburn University researchers will work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists, industry and government partners to develop new nanotechnology-based strategies for treatment of lung, pancreatic and breast cancers. Studies will involve both the design and testing of new nano-therapeutic strategies and related delivery systems.

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