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Research Newsletter



Message from the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Qijing Zhang:

It is a great honor and privilege for me to serve as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. As a passionate researcher myself, I am proud of the accomplishments CVM has achieved. For the past 5 years, our college has experienced a significant growth in research productivity.  Our annual research expenditures reached to the 7th place among the 28 veterinary schools in 2011 (2012 ranking not yet available). Despite the deteriorating climate for research funding, our researchers continue to succeed in obtaining extramural grants and bring in multi-million dollars each year to support research and graduate studies. The research activities at CVM continue to impact food safety/security and the health of people, animals and the environment. Building on this great momentum, I look forward to working with all of you to foster collaborative research teams, improve research infrastructure, increase extramural funding and graduate enrollment, and enhance the graduate training experience. With everybody’s effort, we will be able to elevate CVM research and graduate education to the next level.

Bioinformatics Support now Available
at the CVM

As of August 20th, Paul Mangiamele will be available for bioinformatics support at the CVM. The types of assistance Paul can provide for you are outlined on the following website: http://vetmed.iastate.edu/research/bioinformatics.  Paul also seeks to teach students, post docs, faculty and others, concepts of computational assessment of the large data sets from Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and other genome/transcriptome assays.  Paul and the College are working to create a culture of bioinformatics that will become second-nature.  Contact Paul anytime or meet with him one-on-one during his office hours (Mondays 8:30-10:30 in the 2520 Veterinary Medicine; Associate Dean for Research Office). He can be contacted by phone at (515)294-3470 or by email at paulm@iastate.edu

Millman Receives Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence

Dr. Suzanne Millman, VDPAM, was honored as this year's recipient of the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. The award, presented on Aug. 10 at the college's Research Day, recognizes outstanding research effort and productivity. Dr. Millman has a doctorate in applied ethology and BSc in animal and poultry science from the University of Guelph, Canada.  Dr. Millman has had a remarkable impact on the ISU CM and veterinary profession through her scholarship in teaching, research, and outreach.  Since joining the faculty in 2008, Dr. Millman has built international recognition as a leader in research on food animal welfare, assessing and managing pain, humane euthanasia, low-stress handling techniques, and food animal sickness behavior and care. 

Summer Scholars 2012

This past summer (mid-May to mid-August), 27 first- and second-year veterinary students participated in the CVM Summer Scholar Research Program (SSRP).  Twenty-six faculty members, including one from UNL and one from NADC, were participating faculty mentors.  This 13-week program was a success again, with 12 of our scholars traveling with Drs. Christine Petersen and Gregory Phillips to Colorado to attend the 2012 Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at the beginning of August.  The program wrapped up with the annual CVM SSRP Research Day on Friday, August 10, 2012, at the Scheman Building on the ISU campus.  Please click here  to see the list of scholars, mentors, project titles, and respective departments for 2012.  Please click here to see the list of poster and essay competition awards presented at the CVM SSRP Research Day.
For more information about this program, click on this link: 

Research Advisory Committee

The CVM Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is comprised of faculty from the college who are appointed eah year by the Dean for three-year terms.  Many faculty remain members of the committee for more than one term.  This committee is a huge commitment on the part of the faculty since they evaluate and rank internal research proposals submitted by faculty for USDA formula funds, Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council (ILHAC) funds, and CVM seed grant funds.  In addition, the committee advises the Associate Dean for Research regarding program development and research policies. Their efforts are highly appreciated and a special thank-you goes to Dr. Chris Minion, who chaired the committee for the last five years!

The OMICS Work Group in Vet Med

A number of Vet Med scientists who are integrating bioinformatics and genomics approaches into their studies have begun to meet monthly to share and discuss approaches and ideas.  Our first meeting was on Monday, October 8th, at noon in the VMPM conference room.  Subsequent meetings will held on the first Tuesday of the month in the VMPM conference room (rm 2142), from noon-1 pm.  At these meetings, we plan to spend about ? the time in roundtable discussion on bioinformatics/genomics and the other ? in discussion focused upon an individual presenter’s topic; e.g. their research, an OMICS paper, a hot OMICS technique/method/application.  The more the merrier - so if you’re interested or involved in genomics and bioinformatics, please join us!

For more information, or to have your name added to our meeting-reminder list, please contact Jeff Beetham jbeetham@iatate.edu, Paul Mangiamele paulm@iastate.edu, or Chris Minion fcminion@iastate.edu.




Research Advisory Council Meeting November 9, 2012

Summer Scholars poster session 5:00pm, November 27,  at CVM. More details to be announced.

Upcoming CVM monthly research meeting November 21 and December 19 at 8 a.m. in 2532. 

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience application deadline is December 3, 2012.  For more information, visit www.mcknight.org/neuroscience

CVM Faculty Research Symposium January 8, 2013

Recent Grants Awarded

View all grants awarded to researchers at ISU CVM in July, August, and September.