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July 2017 - Vol. 12, No. 7

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1Data offers breakthroughs for One Health

University collaboration establishes a new standard for analyzing cross-species health information

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Human and animal health research is receiving a shot of adrenaline thanks to a collaboration with Kansas State University’s Olathe and Manhattan campuses and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The project — 1Data — is designed to accelerate breakthroughs in human and animal health by establishing a new standard for analyzing cross-species health information.



Drs. Jim Riviere, Majid Jaberi-Dourak, David Renter and Hans Coetzee

 Several Kansas State University researchers also are involved with 1Data, including (left to right from top) Dr. Jim Riviere, distinguished professor emeritus, Majid Jaberi-Douraki, assistant professor of mathematics and a researcher with the Institute of Computational and Comparative Medicine, or ICCM; Dr. David Renter, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology, or CORE; and Dr. Hans Coetzee, professor and head of the anatomy and physiology department and interim director of the ICCM.

Dr. Jim Riviere, distinguished professor emeritus in the CVM, and Gerald J. Wyckoff, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, developed 1Data, which is housed at K-State Olathe.

1Data aggregates an array of pre-clinical human and animal health information into a cohesive, structured and open-source database called the Structured Environment for Animal Data and Simulation. Once aggregated, data is evaluated and standardized to enable them to be mined for specific information. Under this framework, researchers will develop a clearinghouse platform for the collection and integration of multiple databases to create the next generation of approaches to curing or mitigating human and animal diseases. 1Data will help scientists fully simulate the design of animal models and identify congruencies between human and animal diseases.

According to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, the average cost to develop a drug is about $2.56 billion — including nearly $1.4 billion in out-of-pocket expenses — with late-stage human trials being the most expensive phase of the testing process.

1Data will help reduce the cost of drug development with the ability to use computer simulations to replace, reduce and refine animal use in drug development studies, Dr. Riviere said. It will provide data to help identify the best animal models for studies to avoid genetic pitfalls and help companies know which drugs are more likely to fail during clinical testing and at what phase — saving both time and money.

Conversely, it will shorten the time frame for a successful drug to reach the market.

"Right now, research labs and human and animal health companies are all doing the exact same trials with the same animal patients, but they're not sharing the data and learning from it to help with future trials," Dr. Riviere said. "Redoing the same study or part of a study over and over wastes time, money and involves unnecessary animal models. We would like to change that."

Not only does 1Data create new benefits for drug development, animal modeling and human and animal health, it also advances and reinforces the science behind One Health — the concept of how human, animal and environmental health are related and affect one-another.

Cerner Corporation is permitting the use of an isolated computer network, called a sandbox, to develop the 1Data platform. Several human and animal health companies are providing data to input and test the platform. Once the platform is finalized, it will be thoroughly tested for functionality and security before being populated with large quantities of data. The platform will publicly launch as open-source so that partnering researchers and human and animal health companies around the world can freely access and contribute information to the database.

"A handful of for-profit databases exist, but we feel like this has to be done at a university so that the database can be open-source and free to all users," Wyckoff said. "We don't want someone to be unable to advance their research about a disease or explore a potential vaccine simply because they don't have enough funding to access information that is pertinent to their work."

In addition to being open-source, the database is being built around the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, or FHIR, standard. This means that medical devices and technology that partnering companies and labs develop from 1Data will comply with the universal standard for medical devices established under Health Level 7.

Another important component of 1Data is to develop a comprehensive educational program to train the next generation of researchers. Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City will work collaboratively to develop graduate programs for students and researchers in bioinformatics, modeling and analytical methods.

Both universities also are building human capital into the project. Two postdoctoral students and two graduate research assistants will join the project before the end of the summer. The postdocs will both be at K-State Olathe, while one graduate research assistant will be at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and another at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Several Kansas State University researchers also are involved with 1Data, including Majid Jaberi-Douraki, assistant professor of mathematics and a researcher with the Institute of Computational and Comparative Medicine, or ICCM; Dr. David Renter, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology, or CORE; and Dr. Hans Coetzee, professor and head of the anatomy and physiology department and interim director of the ICCM.

1Data has received funding from the Speas Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and Elanco Animal Health. Collaborating partners also have been engaged with the development of 1Data, including the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, which introduced Riviere and Wyckoff; UMKC Foundation; Children's Mercy; University of Kansas Medical Center; St. Luke's Health Systems; MRI Global; and Aratana Therapeutics Inc.

More about 1Data is available at olathe.k-state.edu/1data.


XIVth International Nidovirus Symposium spotlights Kansas State University expertise

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American’s city of fountains recently hosted more than 250 international scientists who all share a passion for a unique group of viruses called nidoviruses. The XIVth International Nidovirus Symposium was held in Kansas City, Missouri, while Kansas State University was well-represented, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Ying Fang, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, who chaired the symposium with her co-chair Dr. Susan Baker, a professor from Loyola University Chicago.

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Drs. Ying Fang, Linda Saif, Margo Brinton and Susan Baker

 Drs. Ying Fang, KUSCVM (left), and Dr. Susan Baker, Loyola University Chicago (far right), present Women in Science Awards to Dr. Linda Saif, distinguished university professor at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Margo Brinton, Ph.D., regents’ professor of biology at Georgia State University.
  Dr. Frank Blecha
 Dr. Frank Blecha, associate dean for research from the CVM, delivers opening remarks at Nido2017.
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 Dr. Mohammad Hossain, a postdoctoral fellow, shows one of his two research posters. K-State had 13 posters overall plus five oral presentations during the symposium.

“The nidovirus symposium rotates every three years and was last held in Salamanca, Spain, in 2014,” Dr. Fang explained. “We chose Kansas City for this year’s location since it is located within the Kansas City Animal Health corridor, which is the home to more than 300 animal health companies, the largest concentration in the world. With the location being closer to K-State, my local team had more responsibility in planning the meeting and taking care of the day-to-day activities during the symposium. This location also gave us an excellent opportunity to highlight the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF).”

Dr. Fang noted the five days of research presentations included welcome opening speech by Dr. Frank Blecha, associate dean for research in the veterinary college, and special presentation by Ron Trewyn, Kansas State University’s full-time liaison to NBAF. Two top nidovirus researchers were recognized with special Women in Science Awards: Dr. Linda Saif, distinguished university professor at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine; and Margo Brinton, Ph.D., regents’ professor of biology at Georgia State University. K-State researchers were well-represented with five oral presentations and 13 research posters.

But what are nidoviruses?

The nidovirus order comprises four families of single-stranded positive-sense RNA viruses, including well-known human pathogens, such as MERS- and SARS-coronavirus, and economically important animal viruses such as those causing porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRSV), porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDV), equine arteritis (EAV), and chicken infectious bronchitis (IBV).

Nido2017 included a variety of plenary and poster sessions, roundtable discussions, and a workshop entitled “Translating NidoResearch into Field Applications” with the goal to engage academic experts with industry professionals to promote the development of nidovirus diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics.

“We believe this event helps better our positions as scientists to respond to future disease outbreaks,” Dr. Fang said. “Sharing our knowledge allows us to enhance our capabilities for developing effective control and prevention measure for both endemic and emerging nidoviruses.”

Dr. Fang expressed gratitude in working with her team of local organizers from Kansas State University, including members from her research lab, events and communications personnel in the veterinary college, and events coordinators with Kansas State University’s Global Campus office. She also thanked the symposium’s sponsors, which included companies and organizations from the U.S., China and Europe. “Their sponsorship was essential to the success of our meeting,” Dr. Fang said.

See a photo gallery and more information at the Nido2017 website.

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More than 250 international scientists attend the nidovirus symposium in Kansas City.


Dr. Susan Moore passes board certification for testing human rabies titers

Dr. Susan MooreThe Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory announces the certification of Susan Moore, director of the Rabies Laboratory at Kansas State University, to direct human clinical laboratory testing, including rabies titers. She recently passed certification testing administered by the American Board of Bioanalysis, which operates under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, or CLIA, and other federal requirements.

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Dr. Susan Moore“We have been working with Dr. Robert Flahart, current lecturer of microbiology at Washburn University and a former director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment microbiology laboratories in Topeka, to cover these needs and requirements for many years,” said Gary Anderson, director of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. “Dr. Moore’s accomplishment is significant, and allows her to head specific and special areas of testing done by the Rabies Lab. This is a very good thing for the lab and the College of Veterinary Medicine.”

“I had to pass two board exams: one on general laboratory knowledge covering employment law, regulations, quality assurance, and finance as well as laboratory practices and one on diagnostic immunology,” Dr. Moore explained. “Usually human clinical laboratories are directed by physicians who have specialized in pathology, but CLIA will also recognize people with a doctorate and minimum number of years directing and working in a high complexity human clinical laboratory provided they are also board certified.”

Dr. Moore said Kansas State University’s Rabies Laboratory was a bit of an “odd duck” because it is located in a veterinary college, but performs human clinical laboratory testing.

“Having a CLIA high-complexity laboratory director allows us to test human samples for rabies titer, such as service samples, research samples and clinical trial samples,” Moore said. “That is why we are one of the largest rabies serology laboratories in the world. And personally, it was challenging to study for and pass the exams while working full time.”

The Rabies Laboratory is the primary diagnostic lab for rabies testing in the states of Kansas and Nebraska, and meets quality monitoring standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments as well as numerous State departments of health. Samples received for rabies serology originate from all over the country and world.

Dr. Moore has a bachelor’s degree in medical technology, and a master’s degree and doctorate in pathobiology, all from Kansas State University.
Clients or interested parties can contact the laboratory for additional information at 785-532-5650 and 785-532-4483, or rabies@vet.k-state.edu and clientcare@vet.ksu.edu.



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Dr. David Poole earns American Physiological Society’s distinguished lectureship award

Dr. David PooleDr. David C. Poole, professor of exercise physiology and co-director of the Cardiorespiratory Exercise Laboratory in the kinesiology (in College of Human Ecology), and in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will receive the Edward F. Adolph Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Environmental and Exercise Physiology, or EEP, section of the American Physiological Society.

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Dr. David PooleThe award and lecture will be presented at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego in April 2018. The award recognizes an eminent research scholar who has made meritorious contributions to the areas of environmental, exercise, thermal or applied physiology and who also is an outstanding public speaker.

Dr. Poole’s research examines the limitations in the oxygen transport pathway especially at the muscle microcirculatory level. This work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years. Discoveries made by Dr. Poole and his colleagues and students have helped inspire and drive major clinical trials advancing novel therapeutic treatments to reduce morbidity and mortality in heart failure patients in the U.S. and worldwide. This work also is germane to understanding the limitations to athletic performance and the exercise intolerance that develops with aging. He has authored three books and numerous chapters in major academic textbooks and regularly presents his work before national and international scientific audiences.

Dr. Poole began his higher education in England, where he earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in applied physiology and sports science from Liverpool Polytechnic. His master’s degree and doctorate are from University of California, Los Angeles in kinesiology specializing in physiology. He was awarded the higher Doctor of Science in physiology from John Moores University in Liverpool, which recognized his outstanding contributions to the field. He was the first recipient of that award, which was conferred by the British first lady, Cherie Booth Blair.

Dr. Poole’s career is filled with recognition and awards — in grants, for research and, most importantly, for his teaching and research with students. He is extensively published with more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Circulation Research, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Respiration Physiology and Neurobiology, European Journal of Applied Physiology, American Journal of Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology. This work has been cited more than 14,000 times in the scientific literature as well as featured on television, newspaper articles and syndicated radio networks.


Food Armor Foundation appoints Dr. Brian Lubbers to board of directors

Dr. Brian LubbersDr. Brian Lubbers, director of clinical microbiology, has been chosen as a member of the Food Armor Foundation’s inaugural board of directors.

The Food Armor program grew out of an initiative started in 2012, when the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association formed a Residue Task Force to develop an industry-based program to address dairy beef drug residues.

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Dr. Brian LubbersThe task force worked in partnership with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and launched an educational program called “What Matters.”
The “What Matters” initiative now includes efforts to educate producers and help provide action plans at the farm level. The Food Armor program incorporates the hazard analysis and critical control points, or HACCP, approach toward drug use and residue prevention in a manner that is tailored to the needs of the individual dairy farmer.

“The Food Armor program is all about improving food safety by ensuring proper drug use on farms,” Lubbers said. “This program has been very successful and it is an exciting opportunity to help them grow their outreach efforts to a national audience of veterinarians and farmers.”

“Dr. Lubbers brings invaluable experience and perspective to this new foundation,” said Katie Mrdutt, Food Armor outreach specialist. “Food Armor is thrilled to work with him and other industry leaders to bring this innovative grass-roots program to farmers everywhere. Built on the foundation of a veterinarian and producer working closely together, Food Armor is committed to transparency and accountability for how food is produced.”

Dr. Lubbers earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2002. He also has a Doctor of Philosophy and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacologists. Another Kansas State University alumnus, Dr. Gatz Riddell ‘77, also is on the board of directors. The rest of the 12-member board comprises a mix of veterinarians, dairy producers and industry leaders representing farm to fork.



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Kansas State University hosts inaugural conference for rural veterinary practitioners

An inaugural event in Manhattan, Kansas, has helped educate rural veterinarians on how to respond and work together in the event of a potential transboundary emergency situation.

Held June 4 at the Hilton Garden Inn, the Rural Veterinary Practitioner Conference was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with collaboration from the Beef Cattle Institute, Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, National Agriculture Biosecurity Center (NABC), College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

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Dr. Matt Miesner

 Dr. Matt Miesner, clinical associate professor and section head of livestock services in Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine discussed common diseases that can look like more serious transboundary diseases at the Rural Veterinary Practitioner Conference held in Manhattan, Kansas.

The conference’s theme was “Preparing for Disease Challenges” and featured a variety of speakers such as Dr. Justin Smith, Kansas’ animal health commissioner. He has responsibility for directing the statewide response outbreaks of emerging or transboundary disease(s). He noted that Kansas is particularly vulnerable, in part, due to the annual shipment of more than 4.5 million head of cattle into the state (not counting cattle shipped purely for purposes of slaughter).

Dr. Smith said contingency plans in Kansas are based on the possible outbreak of foot and mouth disease, as it represents a worst-case scenario. He said, “If we can stop that, we can stop anything.”

Dr. Smith explained the first element of such contingency plans is to stop movement of the animal, which is a key element in controlling the spread of any potential outbreak. He emphasized how veterinarians in Kansas would play key roles in the event of any such outbreak since the state’s full-time manpower is sufficient to cope with the needs in an emergency.

Dr. Smith said the state response would involve a permitting process, but added that the state does not want any of its plans to damage the ability of farmers and ranchers to participate in the market.

“We want to make sure we can move product as soon as possible,” Dr. Smith said. “The issue is doing it at the speed of commerce.”

Dr. Ken Burton, director of project coordination for the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University and program director for the NABC, noted that with about 320,000 viruses capable of infecting mammals, potential concerns are abundant. He pointed out the nation’s agricultural sector is responsible for about 1 in 10 jobs, contributing $835 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product. With that level of activity, Dr. Burton said it’s easy to understand why the job of protecting the nation’s animal food supply from potential transboundary and emerging threats is so vital.

Other Kansas State University animal health experts spoke at the conference including Dr. Natalia Cernichiaro, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, who discussed the use of data to investigate outbreaks. Dr. Mike Sanderson, a professor in the same department, outlined the Secure Beef Supply program.

Dr. Matt Miesner, clinical associate professor and section head of Livestock Services discussed common diseases that can look like more serious transboundary diseases. Professor emeritus Dr. Jerome Nietfeld reviewed differential diagnoses of transboundary diseases, and Dr. Lina Mur, research assistant professor in infectious diseases epidemiology, gave an overview of the global movement of transboundary animal diseases.

Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, assistant professor and director of Production Animal Field Investigations, spoke about disease trends as determined by diagnostic submissions to the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Winding up the conference was Dr. Bob Larson, professor of production medicine, who covered clinical diagnostic interpretation.


DMP and VDL launch new staff council

Staff council picnicThe newly formed DMP/VDL Staff Council held its first event, a hot dog picnic, June 16 at locations on both the CVM main campus and at Research Park. A combined total of more than 200 people attended the event, braving 90-plus degree weather to come out for hotdogs, chips, veggies, dessert and drinks.

Picnic tables in the shade provided a relaxed setting for people to get out of the laboratories and offices to enjoy some fresh air and good company. Food was prepared by the staff council, with additional help from Kadence Orr.

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Staff council picnic

The council consists of five members: Beth McQuade - chair (VDL), Chandra Gordon (VDL), Kris Wyatt (VDL), Stephanie Hober (CEEZAD) and Nate Grindle (DMP). 

“The DMP/VDL Staff council is still working on our mission statement, but we are here as an outlet to the administration,” McQuade said. “There are some issues that arise, that people may not feel comfortable addressing the administration, they can come to us and we will speak for them. We are also working on employee recognition, as well as bringing back the well-missed ‘Treat Thursday.’”

If any suggestions or issues arise, feel free to contact the DMP/VDL Staff Council by emailing dmpvdlstaffcouncil@vet.k-state.edu.  McQuade also said, “The hot dog feed is just the beginning, and we look forward to implementing our other ideas in the near future.

Staff council picnic

Staff council picnic


VHC welcomes new interns

Staff council picnic
The Veterinary Health Center began orientation for a new group of interns in June. Back row, from left: Drs. Elizabeth Hyde, Beverly Finneburgh, Rob Browning, Shari Kennedy and Sarah Steen. Front: Drs. Allie Wingert, Erica Chavez, Jordan Roberts and Allison Wolfel.


CVM computer support specialist also supports national champion fishing team at K-State

Jeremy McDiffett

It sounds like a big fish story -- because it is a big fish story. This summer, Kansas State University landed its third national championship in the last five years in collegiate fishing. This year’s team has connections to the College of Veterinary Medicine that may come as a bit of a surprise. One of the competitors, Travis Blenn, is a student worker in facilities, and the K-State Bass Fishing Club adviser is Jeremy McDiffett, computer technology support specialist in the Computing and Technical Support (CaTS) office.

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Jeremy McDiffett

 Jeremy McDiffett, computer support specialist in CaTS, keeps his hands full as the adviser for the K-State Bass Fishing Team.

Jeremy has only been the adviser since February, so he’s quick to downplay any credit for this year’s team winning the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) College Fishing Nationals at Wheeler Lake in Alabama.

“As the adviser, I do a lot of paperwork for the club,” Jeremy said. “I handle visits by students interested in coming to college because of the bass club. I do requests for excused absences for organized, sponsored events. We meet once a week in the evening, and we’re working on fundraising events and selling a lot of T-shirts.”

Jeremy said he wasn’t able to attend this year’s fishing championship and had to watch it online. Students participate in tournaments throughout the year and have to quality to make it to the national championship. While there’s a certain amount of luck involved in fishing, Jeremy said the best teams are successful because of how they prepare.

“The students go down to the lake and practice hard,” Jeremy said. “You have to spend a lot of time on the water. There’s no substitute for doing your homework at the lake. It’s a lot of map studying, reading about other events and finding the right location. You have to know the lake, and you have to fish to your strengths. Everybody’s got their different style of fishing. We’ve always told the kids who come into Kansas to compete for K-State that if you can catch bass consistently in Kansas, then you can fish well just about anywhere else.”

As an adviser, Jeremy said he’s still in a learning curve. “I’ll get a lot better,” he said. “Right now, it’s a lot of sitting back and learning the process and the rules. I have a marketing degree and a marketing background, which I hope to use to help promote the club. Our website is way out of date, so we can edit that ourselves and do a redesign. We’re getting more active on Twitter and Facebook. I really want to push to upgrade these things while we’re still the champs.”

Jeremy explained that the bass fishing clubs are organized much differently from university to university.

“It [collegiate bass fishing] started getting organized around 2005 and 2006, and it keeps growing every year,” Jeremy said. “There are colleges that have paid, full-time advisers and offer scholarships. While we don’t have that at K-State, the success of our team is getting us calls from all over the country from students interested in being on the team. These students use collegiate bass fishing to stair step into getting sponsors for professional fishing. I thought about doing it myself, and always wanted to, but I didn’t have the skills.”

You can learn more about this year’s championship in this story at the Kansas State Collegian website: http://www.kstatecollegian.com/2017/06/22/alsop-blenn-win-college-fishing-nationals/. The fishing team website is located at: http://ksufishingteam.com/.

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Travis Blenn and Kyle Alsop
Travis Blenn, a student worker in facilities, and Kyle Alsop, celebrate winning the the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) College Fishing Nationals.


CVM hosts Tanzanian group for Twinning Project workshop

Dr. Rudovick Kazwala
Dr. Rudovick Kazwala, professor from Sokoine University, gives a faculty seminar on public health issues in Tanzania during a Twinning Project workshop at the CVM. Watch Lifelines next month for a video report on the workshop.



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Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy receives engagement incentive grant from K-State’s Center for Engagement and Community Development

Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, director of the Master of Public Health program has been awarded a 2017 Engagement Incentive Grant in the amount $10,000 from Kansas State University’s Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) for the project “Engaging Public Health Practice and Academia: A Model for Public Health Partnership at Kansas State University.”

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Dr. Ellyn MulcahyEngagement Incentive Grants are seed grants designed by the CECD to assist faculty, Kansas State Research and Extension specialists and agents to become more fully engaged in teaching, research and outreach. In the context of the grants, engagement is defined as "A form of research, teaching or service in which collaborative efforts between university and community stakeholders result in scholarly activity and community benefit around a public issue."

Dr. Mulcahy said the relationship between local health departments, Extension agents and academic public health programs is essential for practice-based research, public health workforce training, and implementation of one health initiatives.

“The broad goals of the project are to foster collaboration between local health departments, Extension agents, and public health students and faculty,” Dr. Mulcahy said. “Another goal is to establish public health practice and academic relationships in order to explore an academic health department model at Kansas State University. The model of an academic health department has been developed over the last two decades, but no model of implementation or design has emerged.”   

The Master of Public Health program at Kansas State University has collaborated with multiple health departments and Extension agents in the State of Kansas. Its student projects have produced clear and important outcomes for health departments.

“These collaborations have been driven by student field experience requirements for graduate studies, but have not been reviewed or analyzed in depth to determine the themes of the collaborations, the reciprocal benefits to partners, or the weaknesses to be addressed,” Dr. Mulcahy said. “This collaborative study will be used to inform the process of field experience development and planning, prepare students for projects carried out at local public health agencies, and design projects that better serve the needs of local public health practitioners and the communities which they serve. This study will furthermore explore the collaborative relationships between a network of local public health departments in Kansas, Extension agents in Kansas, and the academic public health program at Kansas State University.”

Dr. Mulcahy also reported that she was part of a teaching team for KSRE extension agents and faculty for a KDHE-funded series of training sessions entitled ‘Towards a Culture of Health’ on May 19, where she shared data on county and community level public health data and risk factors for rural health. She also taught at a June 2 seminar on meningococcal vaccination updates for public health and school nurses for the Johnson County (Kansas) Health Department.



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Alumni Events, Development and Continuing Education

VMAA logoThe Veterinary Medical Alumni Association organizes alumni receptions at several of the national annual conferences plus continuing education events and more. See the alumni and faculty awards that were presented at the 79th Annual Conference for Veterinarians plus pictures featuring some of the presenters from the College of Veterinary Medicine.


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Dr. Russell Hardin to be honored at AVMA Convention

Dr. Russell HardinDr. Russell Hardin, Lebanon, Indiana, has been selected by the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and its Veterinary Medical Alumni Association for the 2017 Alumni Recognition Award to be presented during the annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 21. This award is given to veterinarians whose careers have served as exemplary role models for future alumni in a professional and community setting.

Dr. Hardin was six credit hours from earning a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University when he was drafted to the U.S. Army in 1942. He was sent to camp Robinson, Little Rock, Arkansas, for 13 weeks of basic training then sent to Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Hardin was asked to apply for the Army Specialized Training Program to study veterinary medicine and was the only one without a degree to be accepted. In 1944, he was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas, to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. While at K-State, Dr. Hardin was a member of the football team for two years and was the team captain in 1945. Dr. Hardin completed his DVM in January 1946 and then moved to Lebanon, Indiana, to practice veterinary medicine, where he established to the Lebanon Veterinary Clinic in 1948.

After 35 years of practice Dr. Hardin retired and sold his practice to his colleagues, Dr. Paul Nordman and Dr. David Hawkins. He continues to be active in farming on his large hog farm with 600 acres of beans and corn.

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2017 AVMA Alumni Reception

2017 One Health Innovations Symposium: Preventing the Next Pandemic

Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute
Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 12:15 PM - Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2:30 PM (CDT)
Kansas City, MO

RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-one-health-innovations-symposium-preventing-the-next-pandemic-tickets-34545234727

In Memoriam - Recently Departed Alumni

Dr. John T. Peterson, DVM 1954
October 10, 2007

Dr. Danforth Dale Taylor, DVM 1955
June 22, 2017

Dr. Gerald Joseph Miller, DVM 1957
May 20, 2017
Dr. Philip D. Moorhead, DVM 1957
Dec. 15, 2016

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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Dr. David Eshar became a European College of Zoological Medicine de facto diplomate in Zoo Health Management.

Dr. Mike Apley spoke at the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa (RUVASA) May 30–June 2. 

Dr. Elizabeth Santschi spoke at the ABRAVEQ (Association of Brazilian Equine Veterinarians) conference in Agua de Lindoia, Brazil, June 2-4.  Lecture topics included radiography, orthopedic infection, stifle lameness and bone cysts.

Dr. Greg Grauer presented at the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) Annual Meeting June 4-6 and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum June 7-10 in Washington, DC. The topic of both presentations was upper urinary tract case discussions.

Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn attended the Society for Comparative Endocrinology Meeting June 4-6 in Alexandria, Virginia and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum in Washington, DC, June 6-10. He presented an interactive session at the Society for Comparative Endocrinology meeting and a poster at the ACVIM Forum entitled Persistent hypertonicity in diabetic dogs.

Dr. Manuel Chamorro presented, “Maternally-Derived BVDV and BHV-1 Antibodies in Calves Born to Dams Vaccinated or Not During Gestation,” at the 2017 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum in Washington, DC, June 6-10.

Dr. Bob Larson presented, “Why use literature to answer clinical questions?” at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum in Washington, DC June 8-10.

Dr. James W. Carpenter presented lectures on exotic animal medicine at two veterinary colleges (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico [Mexico City] and the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla) in Mexico, June 5-7. He was lead author on, “Single-Dose Pharmacokinetics of Piperacillin/Tazobactam in Hispaniolan Amazon Parrots (Amazona ventralis),” published in the June 2017 edition of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1647/2015-131

Dr. Bob Larson spoke at the International Congress of Bovine Medicine in Pamplona, Spain June 28-30, 2017.  Presentations were entitled, “Beef cattle reproduction: What can go wrong?, Vaccination to control BRD, and Treatment of BRD.”

Drs. James Roush and Walter Renberg published “Prospective Evaluation of Intra-Articular Dextrose Prolotherapy for Treatment of Osteoarthritis in Dogs,” in the Journal of American Animal Hospital Association May/June 2017 issue.  http://www.jaaha.org/doi/full/10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6508

Drs. Omar Gonzalez, Walter Renberg, James Roush and Butch KuKanich published, “Pharmacokinetics of cefazolin for prophylactic administration to dogs,” in the American Journal of Veterinary Research June 2017.  http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/full/10.2460/ajvr.78.6.695

Dr. Diane Mason was a contributing author on, “Assessment of agreement among diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia for scoring the recovery of horses from anesthesia by use of subjective grading scales and development of a system for evaluation of the recovery of horses from anesthesia by use of accelerometry,” published in the AJVR June 2017.  http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/full/10.2460/ajvr.78.6.668

Dr. Katherine Stenske KuKanich presented nine hours of infectious disease continuous education lectures at the Emerald Coast Veterinary Conference in Sandestin Florida

Nine students attended the 2-week Transboundary Animal Disease summer course held at the BRI, which included a necropsy session at the CVM conducted by Dr. Brtad Njaa. Dr. Alfonso Torres, professor emeritus of Cornell CVM, former director of Plum Island Animal Disease Center and former U.S. Chief Veterinary Officer, was the guest lecturer for the class. He presented the same topics he is known for presenting at Plum Island.

Vet Tech Zan BertolinoThe VHC is announcing a new veterinary technician intern, Zan Bertolino, who began in June He graduated in May 2017 with highest honors from the Brown Mackie Salina Veterinary Technician Program. Zan has two years of clinical experience; his interests include anesthesia, small animal emergency/critical care, and surgery.

Dr. David Eshar is in Israel this summer working on a project with the Jerusalem Zoo. They are testing the pharmacokinetics of an antifungal drug in red ear sliders. 

Dr. David Eshar
(Left) Dr. Eshar administers a drug by an oral tube with the assistance of one of the zoo veterinarians, Dr. Avital Paz. In the right, he is showing a visiting veterinary student from the Dominican Republic how to draw blood from one of the turtles.

GROW visits EPTC in June

Dr. Beth Davis
Dr. Beth Davis works with students in the GROW (girls research our world) program in the new Equine Performance Testing Center.

GROW students with horse
Students get a hands-on experience with a horse.

Beef Cattle Institute offers new VFD Calculator mobile app to help you!

Available for Apple and Android. Click picture for more information.

BCI VFD Calculator - Mobile App


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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Welcome to:

Abigail Finley, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Intern
Dee Roblyer, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Office Specialsit III
Russell Ransburgh, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Research Assistant
Saubhagya Shrestha, Anatomy & Physiology, Non-University Student
Michelle Ummel, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Coordinator
Lance Noll, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Research Assistant
Dr. Lacey Robinson, Clinical Sciences, Clinical Assistant Professor
David Amrine, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Program & Project Director
Rosa Collazo, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Interpreter
Daniel Galbraith, Anatomy & Physiology, Office Specialsit III
Hyesuk Soo, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Fellow (Post Doc)

Farewell to:

Natalia Strandberg, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Intern
Kara Agamaite, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Technician
Kelly Brandt, Anatomy & Physiology, Grant Specialist
Cassidy Goering, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Technician
Robert Lynch, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Electronics Technician
Jessica Penner, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Animal Medical Technologist
Guilia Paternoster, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Research Assistant
Rahul Nandre, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Fellow (Post Doc)
David Walsh, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Research Assistant
Simone Willert, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Laboratory Client Services Assistant
Steven Toburen, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Instructional Designer
Ronald Moeller, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Computer Information Specialist
Mofazzal Hossain, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Fellow (Post Doc)
Hyun Joo, Anatomy & Physiology, Research Associate


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