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Peter J Dickinson- BVSc, PhD
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

1408 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 3412


Research Focus


Specialty Focus

Neurology & Neurosurgery


1989 BVSc (Hons) Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
1995 PhD Neuroscience, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Honors and Awards

1999 Distinguished Research Award, ACVIM Veterinary Medical Forum
2000 Distinguished Research Award, ACVIM Veterinary Medical Forum


Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Optimized convection enhanced delivery in neurobiology, (Principal Investigator), National Cancer Institute

Collaborator, Molecular combinatorial therapy of glioblastoma multiforme, (Principal Investigator),

Co-Investigator, Novel therapeutic approaches to brain tumors, LeCouteur (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health Donation: Paul & Borgie Petersen Foundation

Co-Investigator, Determining the genetic basis for Alaskan Husky Encephalopathy using whole genome linkage scans, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis VMTH

Principal Investigator, Identification of clioma stem (progenitor) cell markers for targeted therapeutics, (Principal Investigator), CCAH

Principal Investigator, CCAH - Profiling Epigenetic Modifications in Canine Glioma using Genome wide Methylation Sequencing, (Principal Investigator),

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2010 Sykes JE, Sturges BK, Cannon MS, Gericota B, Higgins RJ, Trivedi SR, Dickinson PJ, Vernau KM. Meyer W, Wisner ER Clinical signs, imaging features, neuropathology, and outcome in cats and dogs with central nervous system cryptococcosis from California Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine,
  • Link Icon 2010 Bannasch D, Young A, Myers J, Truve K, Dickinson P, Gregg, J, Davis R, Bongcam-Rudloff E, Webster MT, Lindblad-Toh K, Pedersen N Localization of canine brachycephaly using an across breed mapping approach PLoS ONE,
  • Link Icon 2010 Brenner DJ, Larsen RS, Dickinson PJ, Wack RF, Williams DC, Pascoe PJ Development of an avian brachial plexus nerve block technique for perioperative analgesia in mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery,
  • Link Icon 2010 Dickinson PJ, LeCouteur RA, Higgins RJ, Bringas JR, Larson RF, Yamashita Y, Krauze MT, Forsayeth J, Noble CO, Drummond DC, Kirpotin DB, Park JW, Berger MS, Bankiewicz KS Canine spontaneous glioma: A translational model system for convection-enhanced delivery Neuro-oncology,
  • Link Icon 2009 Higgins RJ, Dickinson PJ, LeCouteur RA, Bollen AW, Wang H, Wang H, Corely LJ, Moore LM, Zang W, Fuller GN Spontaneous canine gliomas: overexpression of EGFR, PDGFRalpha and IGFBP2 demonstrated by tissue microarray immunophenotyping Journal of Neuro-oncology,
  • Link Icon 2009 Thomas R, Duke SE, Wang HJ, Breen TE, Higgins RJ, Linder KE, Ellis P, Langford CF, Dickinson PJ, Olby NJ, Breen M Putting our heads together: insights into genomic conservation between human and canine intracranial tumors Journal of Neuro-oncology,
  • Link Icon 2009 Valles F, Fiandaca MS, Bringas J, Dickinson P, LeCouteur R, Higgins R, Berger M, Forsayeth J, Bankiewicz KS Anatomic compression caused by high-volume convection-enhanced delivery to the brain Neurosurgery,
  • Link Icon 2009 MacLeod AG, Dickinson PJ, LeCouteur RA, Higgins RJ, Pollard RE Quantitative assessment of blood volume and permeability in cerebral mass lesions using dynamic contrast-enhanced computed tomography in the dog Academic Radiology,
  • Link Icon 2009 Dickinson PJ, Surace EI, Cambell M, Higgins RJ, Leutenegger CM, Bollen AW, LeCouteur RA, Gutmann DH Expression of the tumor suppressor genes NF2, 4.1B, and TSLC1 in canine meningiomas Veterinary Pathology,
  • Link Icon 2008 Varenika V, Dickinson P, Bringas J, LeCouteur R, Higgins R, Park J, Fiandaca M, Berger M, Sampson J, Bankiewicz K Detection of infusate leakage in the brain using real-time imaging of convection-enhanced delivery Journal of Neurosurgery,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2010 Dickinson PJ, LeCouteur RA: Muscle and nerve biopsy, S.J. Ettinger and E.C. Feldman, (ed), Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 7th edition. 451-52.

2010 LeCouteur RA, Dickinson PJ: Brain biopsy, S.J. Ettinger and E.C. Feldman, (ed), Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 7th edition. 454-55.

2006 Vernau KM, Dickinson PJ: Brain Tumors, JR August, (ed), Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. 505-16.

2006 Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ: Miscellaneous encephalopathies, JR August, (ed), Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. 493-504.

2004 Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ: Principles of neurosurgery, N Olby and S Platt, (ed), BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Neurosurgery , 3rd edition. 355-67.