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Peter J Dickinson- BVSc, PhD
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

1408 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 3412


Research Focus

Neurooncology: Molecular genetic characterization of primary brain tumors; development of novel therapeuitc strategies for primary brain tumors.

Specialty Focus

Neurology & Neurosurgery


1989 BVSc (Hons) Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
1995 PhD Developmental neuroscience, University of Glasgow, Scotland
1992 Internship Surgery/Anaesthesia, University of Glasgow, Scotland
2003 Residency Neurology/Neurosurgery, University of California, Davis, USA

Honors and Awards

2012 Pfizer Animal Health Award for Veterinary Research
2011 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Hero in Veterinary Medicine
2000 Distinguished Research Award, ACVIM Veterinary Medical Forum
1999 Distinguished Research Award, ACVIM Veterinary Medical Forum
1992-1995 Wellcome Veterinary research Training Scholarship


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

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Genetic analysis of canine glioma, (Principal Investigator), CCAH

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

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2013 Debinski W, Dickinson P, Rossmeisl JH, Robertson J, Gibo D New agents for targeting of IL-13RA2 expressed in primary human and canine brain tumors PLos One,
  • Link Icon 2013 Safra N, Bassuk AG, Ferguson PJ, Aguilar M, Coulson RL, Thomas N, Hitchens PL, Dickinson PJ, Vernau KM, Wolf ZT, Bannasch DL Genome-wide association mapping in dogs enables identification of the homeobox gene, NKX2-8, as a genetic component of neural tube defects in humans PLoS Genet,
  • Link Icon 2013 Anwer CC, Vernau KM, Higgins RJ, Dickinson PJ, Sturges BK, LeCouteur RA, Bentley RT, Wisner ER. Magnetic resonance imaging features of intracranial granular cell tumors in six dogs Vet Radiol Ultrasound,
  • Link Icon 2013 Vernau KM, Runstadler JA, Brown EA, Cameron JM, Huson HJ, Higgins RJ, Ackerley C, Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ, Puschner B, Giulivi C, Shelton GD, Robinson BH, DiMauro S, Bollen AW, Bannasch DL. Genome-wide association analysis identifies a mutation in the thiamine transporter 2 (SLC19A3) gene associated with Alaskan Husky encephalopathy PLos One,
  • Link Icon 2013 Rosenbluth KH, Martin AJ, Mittermeyer S, Eschermann J, Dickinson PJ, Bankiewicz KS Rapid inverse planning for pressure-driven drug infusions in the brain PLoS One,
  • Link Icon 2013 Traslavina RP, Kent MS, Mohr FC, Dickinson PJ, Vernau KM, Bollen AW, Higgins RJ Clear cell ependymoma in a dog J Comp Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Dickinson PJ Leczenie pourazowzch uszkodzen rdzenia kregowego Magazyn Weterynaryjny,
  • Link Icon 2012 Toth B, Aleman M, Brosnan RJ, Dickinson PJ, Conley AJ, Stanley SD, Nogradi N, Williams CD, Madigan JE Evaluation of squeeze-induced somnolence in neonatal foals Am J Vet Res,
  • Link Icon 2012 York D, Higgins RJ, LeCouteur RA, Wolfe AN, Grahn R, Olby N, Campbell M, Dickinson PJ TP53 mutations in canine brain tumors Vet Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2011 Marks SL, Lipsitz D, Vernau KM, Dickinson PJ, Draper W, Larsen JA, Fascetti AJ Reversible encephalopathy secondary to thiamine deficiency in 3 cats ingesting commercial diets J Vet Intern Med,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2013 Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ: Principles of neurosurgery, N Olby and S Platt, (ed), BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Neurology, 4th Edition, Quedgeley. 432-451.

2012 Dickinson PJ: Obtundation, stupor and coma, Platt S, L. Garosi L, (ed), Small Animal Neurological Emergencies, 1st Edition, London. 139-154.

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