USDA NIFA awards Food Animal researchers more than $2.7 million

With the new support, CVM researchers will help animals and producers across the swine industry

The United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) recently funded more than $2.7 million worth of research at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The projects that benefit from this funding will help the food animal agriculture industry maximize production and advance strategies for keeping animals healthy. This recent investment in the CVM’s research represents another milestone in the decades-old relationship the College has with USDA NIFA, which has established a history for furthering food animal agriculture across species and contexts. 

College leadership looks forward to how this new funding, when paired with CVM investigators’ expertise, will further the science that powers animal welfare and food security across the country.

The list of awardees includes Dr. Montse Torremorell and Dr. Noelle Noyes who will work on the elimination airborne viruses from swine barns and antibiotic resistance in swine, respectively. Dr. Jerry Torrison, head of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will launch a new pathology residency program in collaboration with South Dakota State University.

Read more about their projects on the College’s website.

Left to right: Dr. Montse Torremorell, Dr. Jerry Torrison, and Dr. Noelle Noyes

2020 Science in Practice Award Winner: Clayton Johnson

Clayton Johnson, DVM, a partner and veterinarian at Carthage Veterinary Services in Carthage, Ill., will receive the 2020 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award in September. He joins a growing and illustrious list of veterinarians who have received the award, which is presented at the annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, Minn.

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Albert Canturri and Gustavo López selected as MnDRIVE scholars

We are proud to announce that two great candidates, Albert Canturri and Gustavo López, have been selected as 2020-21 MnDRIVE scholars.

The MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures (GFV) seeks to promote a broader and deeper understanding of our interconnected food systems through experiential cohort learning. Graduates with a broader understanding of food production, processing, protection, and policies will be better able to apply their disciplinary expertise to advance MN food economies and improve the lives of Minnesotans. 

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A successful 50th anniversary of the AASV meeting

The 50th anniversary of the AASV meeting this past week was an occasion to shine for faculty, students, and researchers of the University of Minnesota swine group.

Dr. Peter Davies received the Howard Dunne memorial award, recognizing his important contributions and outstanding service to the AASV and the swine industry.

The UMN CVM students did a fantastic job. Marjorie Schleper presented a comparison of methods for a successful inoculation with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and got the second place in the student oral presentation competition. Katelyn Rieland was also recognized for her project on the evaluation of UV chambers on swine farms.
David Pillman and Taylor Homann both received a prize for their poster presentation and Homann was awarded one of the 10 student scholarships given by Merck Animal Health.

Lastly, Dr. Juan Sanhueza And Dr. Mariana Kikuti each received one award given by Boehringer Ingelheim to advance the research on swine respiratory pathogens for their respective projects: “Toward the best testing strategy for PRRSV stability: time-to-negative processing fluids in breeding herds” and “Genetic diversity of PRRSV in piglets during an outbreak”.

Congratulations to all!

Dr. Connie Gebhart receives the BioMIC Excellence in Diagnostic Veterinary Microbiology Award

Dr. Connie Gebhart was honored during the last American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) meeting  as the recipient of the BioMIC Excellence in Diagnostic Veterinary Microbiology Award.

Connie_Gebhart Supported by Biomic Inc, this prestigious AAVLD award recognizes distinguished scientist (s) for research accomplishments in the field that result in new scientific findings that have application for the betterment of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Connie Gebhart is full professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, USA. After obtaining both MS and PhD degrees in Veterinary Medicine from that college, she supervised multiple microbiology laboratories and projects until joining the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She currently holds a joint appointment with the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as Faculty Advisor for Microbiology.
Dr. Gebhart has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts in internationally recognized journals and has co-authored seven chapters in books such as “Diseases of Swine”, “Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology” and “Pathogenesis of Bacterial Infections in Animals”. She has been invited to speak at numerous national and international veterinary conferences such as the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the International Pig Veterinary Society, as well as for various universities and industries throughout the world.

As faculty, Dr. Gebhart is engaged in service, teaching and research concerning bacterial diseases, with special emphases on diagnosis and epidemiology of enteric diseases. Her research has focused on the obligately intracellular bacterium Lawsonia intracellularis and the novel porcine pathogen Brachyspira hampsonii. In particular, her laboratory was instrumental in identifying these new pathogenic species and continues to be active in studying all facets of these exceptional bacteria. Current research seeks to understand how L. intracellularis causes proliferation of enterocytes, by exploring processes such as interference with apoptosis, mechanism(s) of intracellular survival, alteration of normal cellular differentiation, and effect(s) on the enterocytes’ normal cell cycles.