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Research at VA-MD Vet Med

Research Focus Areas 2021

VA-MD Vet Med has a robust research program that spans basic biomedical sciences in infectious (viral, bacterial, and parasitic) and non-infectious (immune-mediated and oncologic) diseases to veterinary clinical research to translational to public health. Our overall goal is to apply our research to improve the lives of pets and people.

  • Basic biomedical sciences include the use of appropriate animal models for diseases to better understand the disease process, a prerequisite for the development of better preventive and therapeutic strategies.

  • With a focus on One Health, our program brings together veterinarians, physicians, and other scientists to address public health threats affecting both people and animals.

  • Our translational research approach aims to take laboratory findings directly to clients in a clinical setting.

  • Ongoing clinical trials in our hospitals test research discoveries to develop better methods of disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Our faculty, students, staff, and research partners are committed to discovery, service, and training future researchers and veterinarians.

Signature Research Programs

Research themes include

  • Clinical veterinary medicine research and translational medicine from laboratory animals to clinical veterinary and human patients
  • Stem cell biology and its application
  • Clinical trials management and human-animal bond/interactions

Research themes include  

  • Animal models for immune-mediated diseases
  • Understanding the mechanisms of such as autoimmune diseases and inflammatory diseases (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Specific interests include
    • Role of epigenetics, microbiome, and environmental hormonal factors on these diseases
    • Transition of inflammation leading to cancer
    • Induction of immunity in oncologic conditions
    • Translational research

Research themes include

  • Animal models for neurodevelopment and traumatic injury, neurovascularization, neuroinflammation, and neuro-oncology
  • Translational research

Research themes include

  • Animal models for human and veterinary infectious diseases
  • Understanding the pathogenesis of the diseases, immunity to infectious, and its prevention
    • Development of vaccines and drugs
    • Mechanisms of drug resistance
    • Translational research

Research focused on infectious diseases epidemiology and public health education that addresses the individual, social, and ecological determinants of health, reflects the human-animal-environment One Health interface, promotes health equity, and builds healthy communities.