Research on Coronavirus Variants at UW Lab Gets $60 Million Boost

Posted on PBS Wisconsin
The Friedrich Laboratory, led by UW School of Veterinary Medicine professor Dr. Thomas Friedrich, began shifting its work from HIV and the Zika virus to sequencing the genes of coronavirus samples in March 2020 just as the pandemic emerged in the state. The idea was to track the spread of COVID-19 and later to watch for the arrival of viral variants in Wisconsin.

Could Another Sickness Jump From Animals to Humans? “We Can Bet On It”

Posted on Spectrum News 1
The coronavirus originated in animals before making the jump to humans. It's a type of sickness called a zoonotic disease. Tony Goldberg, a professor of epidemiology at the UW-Madison veterinary school and an expert on zoonotic diseases spoke with Spectrum News about how the coronavirus came around, and why we should be prepared for another pandemic.

VA Funds UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Cancer Study in Dogs

Posted on WMTV NBC15

A new study at the University Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine is combining canines, cancer and the military. “In this study, we’re trying to turn the immune system back on again specifically, against a patients cancer,” Prof. David Vail, Barbara A. Suran Chair in Comparative Oncology for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine said.

Selfie-Taking Tourists Risk Giving Wild Gorillas COVID-19, Other Diseases

Posted on National Geographic
“All apes and many monkeys are almost certainly susceptible to COVID-19 infection and disease,” says Tony Goldberg, an epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. If wild gorillas become infected with COVID-19, the virus would almost certainly be more severe than in the captive animals at the San Diego Zoo, which had “excellent veterinary care,” Goldberg adds. “It would probably spread very rapidly within gorilla families, which spend all their time together.”

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Board Approves Record Funding for Equine Research

Posted on Equus Magazine
The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced February 18 that it has authorized expenditure of $1,638,434, the most that the foundation has ever allocated in a year, to fund 12 new projects at 12 universities, 12 continuing projects, and two career development awards worth $20,000 each. The 2021 slate of research includes a project led by Peter Muir at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine to establish screening using fetlock CT for diagnosis of horses with a high risk of imminent serious injury for personalized clinical care.