What's New at CCAH
What's New at the CCAH
Installation of the new linear accelerator is completed
Installation of our new radiotherapy unit has been completed and it is now in service, enabling our veterinary oncology team to provide state-of-the-art treatment of a variety of cancers in cats, dogs, horses, and other animals. The complex process of installing the new radiotherapy unit involved not only removing the old machine, but also removing much of the old floor and replacing it with a floor and base specifically designed to support the new linear accelerator. A new power supply and "power conditioner" have also been added. The software to plan and control the radiotherapy treatments has been installed and fine-tuned. You can see photos of the ongoing work on the "Linac page."
CCAH welcomes new Associate Director, Dr. Michael Sean Kent
We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Kent as the new Associate Director of the CCAH, beginning July 1, 2012. Dr. Kent has broad knowledge of small animal medicine and surgery, and specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Kent's research interests include identification of tumor markers on canine adrenal tumors that can serve as serum markers in order to develop better diagnostic tests preoperatively for this group of diseases; and the molecular mechanisms of resistance to radiation in dogs with melanoma and ways to overcome resistance. Malignant melanoma is resistant to radiation therapy in both dogs and humans. Dr. Kent's expertise, enthusiasm and vision will be an asset to our Center.
CCAH Director Niels Pedersen Honored with Excellence in Feline Research Award
The Winn Feline Foundation and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation recently announced that the 2012 Excellence in Feline Research Award recipient is CCAH Director Dr. Niels Pedersen. Dr. Pedersen, who has spent much of his academic career researching feline infectious diseases, including Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), is one of veterinary medicine's foremost authorities on infectious diseases in cats.
For more CCAH news...
See our CCAH Update, the Center's newsletter, for information about our activities and research studies.
For information about our Koret Shelter Medicine Program, see the Koret Shelter Medicine Program web site.
The most current news at the School of Veterinary Medicine can be found at What's New at the SVM.
The Koret Shelter Medicine Program makes an impact: Critic Lauds Improvements at Sutter County Animal Shelter, July 28, 2012 article at the Appeal-Democrat web site.
CCAH-Supported Research In the News:
- Researching cancer in pets and people to develop better therapies for both
- Free clinical drug study to test pain reliever in older cats
- Tick-borne illnesses to be studied in northern California counties
- Center for Companion Animal Health Offers New Tool for Cancer Therapy
- West Nile Virus Reaches California
- Veterinary Researchers Study Ancient Dogs' DNA
- New Genetics Service at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine