|[April 10, 2014]
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Launches Research Centers to Address Current Veterinary Challenges
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts --(Business Wire)--
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) today announced
the launch of four research centers created to support the university's
mission to provide students with a research-informed educational
The launch of each center follows a successful period of strategic
planning and the recruitment of internationally recognized experts to
lead the centers. Under the leadership of Dr. Elaine D. Watson, dean of
RUSVM, the university's faculty and administration have refined RUSVM's
"RUSVM is positioned to play an important role in the challenges facing
veterinarians in the mid-21st century: food security and
emerging infectious diseases," said Watson. "These new centers are a
critical component of our mission to educate the next generation of
veterinarians, while improving the health of people, animals and the
environment in the Caribbean region and beyond."
Watson added that RUSVM, with its campus located in St. Kitts, West
Indies, is in an environment rich in research opportunities. "Tropical
countries are particularly vulnerable to emerging and re-emerging
infectious agents due to climatic and environmental changes, increased
international travel, drug resistance, and geographic position," she
See below for an overview of the research centers and directors:
The One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine
explores a variety of research methods, from the laboratory to the
field, to investigate issues concerning emerging infectious diseases;
viral diseases; bacterial, parasitic and neglected endemic zoonotic
diseases; and vector-borne diseases.
Director: A. Lee Willingham, BSc, DVM, PhD, worked at the World
Health Organization's Special Program for Tropical Diseases Research and
Training based in Geneva, Switzerland whre he managed international
research looking at the impact of environmental and climate change on
The Center for Integrative Mammalian Research focuses on
understanding the pathogenesis of diseases and the effects of
therapies. Research programs through the center include anesthetics
and pain management, animal models, immune regulation and reproduction.
Director: Sean Callanan, MVB, CertVR, MRCVS, PhD, FRCPath,
DiplECVP, has focused much of his research on feline immunodeficiency
virus (FIV), which is recognized as a model for HIV infection in humans.
His pioneering work includes collaborations with Trinity College Dublin
on the evaluation of novel therapies for human neurodegenerative
The Center for Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health focuses
upon applied research, renewed advocacy, educational outreach and
training, and evidence translation towards best practices and policy
change as a fundamental basis for surveying and managing the health of
populations, communities, and ecosystems.
Director: Charles E. Rupprecht, VMD, MS, PhD, is the former head
of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's rabies program
and one of the founders of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.
The Center for Research and Innovation in Veterinary and Medical
Education promotes scholarly activity that encourages creativity
and innovation in teaching and learning.
Director: Carmen Fuentealba, DVM, MSc, PhD, research experience
includes the study of spontaneous diseases of public health importance,
with particular emphasis on liver and kidney pathology.
About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), founded in 1982,
is committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of the
worldwide public and professional healthcare team and to advancing human
and animal health (One Health Initiative) through research and knowledge
RUSVM offers postgraduate masters, PhD and a Doctor of Veterinary
Medicine (DVM) programs accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis
Accreditation Board (www.ab.gov.kn).
The DVM program holds accredited status from the American Veterinary
Medical Association (www.avma.org).
The RUSVM Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal
Hospital Association (www.aahanet.org).
RUSVM is a part of DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV). For more
information about RUSVM, visit http://www.rossu.edu/veterinary-school.
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