The CTSA One Health Alliance (COHA), supported by a CTSA Innovation Award from NIH/NCATS, is supporting 2-year research fellowships to engage veterinary clinical specialists in inter-disciplinary research teams. Residency-trained veterinary specialists in comparative cardiology, oncology, neurology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, nutrition, critical care, dermatology, and other disciplines (www.avma.org) have expertise in naturally occurring animal models of human disease that may advance translational research in both humans and veterinary species.
The Translational Research Fellowship provides 2 years of salary support at the NIH postdoctoral pay scale, plus $2,500 for travel or training-related expenses. Fellows must devote at least 75% effort to research but may supplement this with up to 25% effort devoted to clinical duties that are relevant to the proposed research and are funded by the training institution.
Mentored research opportunities for our next group of prospective fellows will be solicited in spring 2021 by a formal call sent to Associate Deans of Research at COHA schools. Research opportunities will be screened for interdisciplinary mentorship and translational potential and posted on the COHA website in fall 2021 for advertisement to 3rd year veterinary residents and newly board certified veterinary specialists.
COHA TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP: 2021 COHORT
Benjamin Curtis DVM, residency trained in Anatomic Pathology at Colorado State University.
Development of mucosal vaccines using a systems immunology approach
Dr. Curtis will work on the use of probiotic adjuvants for the development of oral vaccines against SARS CoV2, feline enteric coronavirus, and human and murine rotaviruses.
Mentor Team at Colorado State University
- Gregg Dean, DVM, PhD, DACVP (primary mentor)
- Zaid Abdo, PhD
- Marcela Henao-Tamayo, MD, PhD
- Allison Vilander, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Ellen Sherrick, DVM. 3rd year Medical Oncology resident at North Carolina State University.
Neuronal regulation of acute chemoradiotherapy-associated pain in patients with head and neck cancer
Dr. Sherrick will examine the role of neurons that express the TRPM8 ion channel in acute orofacial radiation-associated pain and perform pain phenotyping in humans and dogs undergoing chemoradiation for spontaneous head and neck cancers.
Mentor Team at North Carolina State University
- Michael Nolan, DVM, PhD, DACVR (RO) - primary mentor
- Matthew Breen, PhD
- Margaret Gruen DVM, MVPH, PhD, DACVB
- Duncan Lascelles BVsc, PhD, DACVS, DECVS
- Santosh Mishra, PhD
- Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD
COHA Translational Research Fellowship: 2020 Cohort
Elizabeth Rose, DVM (Anatomic Path)
NC State Mentors: Anthony Blikslager DVM, PhD, DACVS; Amanda Ziegler DVM, PhD; Laurianne Van Landeghem PhD; Jack Odle PhD
Enhancing postnatal development of intestinal microbiome, neural networks and mucosal repair
Britt Levy VMD (Dermatology)
U Penn Mentors: Aimee Payne MD, PhD; Nicola Mason BVetMed, PhD, DACVIM
Comparative immunology and cellular immunotherapy of human and canine pemphigus
Alexa Spittler, DVM, MS (Lab An Med)
Colorado State Mentors: Daniel Gustafson PhD; Kelly Santangelo DVM, PhD, DACVP; Miranda Sadar DVM, DACZM
Efficacy of cannabidiol in a rodent model of primary osteoarthritis
Angela Gaesser DVM (LA Surgery)
U Penn Mentors: Kyla Ortved DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR; Thomas Schaer VMD, Jason Burdick PhD
An injectable hydrogel for sustained release of extracellular vesicles as a treatment for posttraumatic osteoarthritis