Congratulations to Rajiv Mohan, PhD, FARVO, and his lab team on receiving the Travel Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Sabeeh Kamil, MBBS, a research fellow in the lab, received the prestigious award for presenting his research findings at the trans-agency scientific meeting titled, “Developing Medical Countermeasures to Treat Acute and Chronic Effects of Ocular Chemical Toxicity” held Feb. 25-26, in Rockville, Maryland.
CVM Faculty, Staff and Student Accolades
The MU College of Veterinary Medicine salutes our faculty, staff and students for their many achievements. We take pride in sharing their accomplishments.
Congratulations to Cheryl Rosenfeld, DVM, PhD, a professor in the CVM Department of Biomedical Sciences, who was recently voted to be the first female president of the United States Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society. The U.S. DOHaD Society was founded in 2016 and is an affiliate of the International DOHaD Society. This organization is focused on all facets of the study of the fetal origins and early life programming of health and disease. The primary emphasis of the organization is to promote the research principles of DOHaD, it also strives to support trainees and early career investigators in their scientific and professional development.
Congratulations to Nicole Nichols, PhD, an assistant professor in the CVM’s Department of Biomedical Sciences and one of the fall 2019 recipients of a Dr. Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant. She received the award for her proposal to study, “The role of adenosine 2A and serotonin 2 receptors in breathing over the course of respiratory motor neuron loss.”
The Mizzou Alumni Association supports the development of faculty through its Dr. Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grants program. Since its launch in 1994, the alumni association has provided start-up funds of about $650,000 to more than 300 faculty members for the initiation of research or professional development projects.
Nichols’ research focuses on understanding how plasticity can be enhanced in models of motor neuron death to restore breathing.
Rajiv R. Mohan, MSc, PhD, FARVO, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Ruth M. Kraeuchi Missouri Endowed Chair Professor of Ophthalmology and a professor of ophthalmology and molecular medicine, was invited to give a presentation at the 17th Annual International Congress of Drug Discovery Science and Technology held Nov. 15-17, in Nanjing, China. The theme of the conference was “The Disruptive, Integrate, Innovation and Development.”
Mohan delivered his lecture, “Gene Therapy for Treating Corneal Scar and Blindness,” as part of the new biotherapy discoveries series of presentations.
Kayla Banks, DVM, an ophthalmology resident in the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, was awarded the best veterinary ophthalmology review manuscript at the recent American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Conference. The ACVO held its 50th anniversary conference in Maui, Hawaii, Nov. 6-9, 2019. Banks’ peer-reviewed paper is entitled, “Veterinary ocular microbiome: Lessons learned beyond the culture.”