Points of Pride 2004
For Immediate Release
Jan Williams, College of Veterinary Medicine, 612-624-6228
U Of M College Of Veterinary Medicine Celebrates
Knowledge Advancement Efforts During Research Days
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (March 23, 2004) ? The University
of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) held its annual Points of
Pride Research Days on March 9-10, honoring the research accomplishments of the
CVM?s graduate students, faculty, alumni, and community partners.
?The new knowledge discovered by our students, faculty,
and alumni make a real difference to animals and humans every day,? said
College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Jeffrey Klausner. ?This was a celebration
to honor the individuals who play a critical role in furthering our understanding
of diseases and advancing animal and human health.?
This year?s Distinguished Research Partner Award went to
R & D Systems, Inc., of Minneapolis, which has been a valued partner of the
CVM for the past 15 years.
?R & D has allowed us to develop research in the area
of animal cytokines and their role in health and disease,? Klausner explained.
?Their support includes two large animal housing units and has permitted us to
enhance our teaching in the area of small ruminants.?
The Pfizer Research Excellence Award went to Jim Mickelson,
professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences for his role in identifying the
molecular bases of inherited neuromuscular disorders in animals and humans.
The Distinguished Research Alumni Award went to Delmar Finco, D.V.M.,
Ph.D., of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, who was a
member of the CVM class of 1959. A
researcher in the area of chronic renal disease, Finco has earned an
international reputation of being one of the premiere investigators in the
discipline of comparative nephrology and urology. Finco presented the Points of
Pride Distinguished Research Alumnus Seminar, ?Forty Years of Nephrology: Have
We Learned Anything??
A poster competition also took place, with $250 awards bestowed
to graduate students Laurie Brewer, Seongbeom Cho, and
Zhengguo Xiao, Summer Scholar Kari Ekenstedt, and Larissa Minicucci of the
Veterinary Population Medicine Department.
College of Veterinary Medicine improves the health and well-being of animals
and people by providing high-quality veterinary training, conducting
leading-edge research, and delivering innovative veterinary services.