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Department of Clinical Sciences

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Speakers will present for 35-40 minutes leaving time for questions, suggestions, and socialization. 

Room C2-537
Clinical Programs Center

 Refreshments to follow each seminar


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Fall 2012

Department of Clinical Sciences
Seminar Series

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The Fall 2012 Seminar Series will be held on Fridays from
3:00-4:00 PM in Room C2-537, Clinical Programs Center
Sponsored by gift support from Nestle-Purina PetCare


Date: Friday, September 7, 2012
Location:  Room C2-537, Clinical Programs Center

Speaker:  Dr. Rodney Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology
, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Rodney Dietert, Ph.D.

Rodney Dietert is Professor of Immunotoxicology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and has served on the Cornell faculty for 35 years.  He has held the posts of Director of the Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology (ICET), Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Field of Immunology, Senior Fellow in the Cornell Center for the Environment and Director of the Cornell Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors (BCERF).  Dietert’s research concerning health risks of the developing immune system has produced more than 300 publications including three books and over 180 research papers divided among 60 scientific journals.

Recently and as part of his hobby, Dietert published five books and four scholarly articles on Scottish history and decorative arts with his contributions acknowledged and books sold by the National Museums of Scotland.  Because this progress in history and decorative arts directly fed new ideas in the health sciences, Dietert became interested in how scientific creativity can be fostered.  His new Cornell initiative involves instruction in tools for enhancing creativity and innovation in science and research.  Information is being provided via a new course, seminars, half-day workshops, and a forthcoming textbook.

Contact Information:
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, phone-607 253-4015,  FAX 607 253-3384,  email

Title:  Bringing Creative Spaces into Your Science and Research
Hosted by:  Dr. Jon Cheetham

Date: Friday, September 14, 2012
Location:   Room C2-537, Clinical Programs Center

Speaker:   Dr. Thomas Gilbert, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh and The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Pittsburgh

Dr. Gilbert's research interests include the study of extracellular matrix scaffold materials and development of regenerative medicine strategies for repair and replacement of the trachea, lungs, and heart, particularly in pediatric patients.

Title:  Biologic Scaffolds for Repair of the Airway

Hosted by: Dr. Jon Cheetham

Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
Location:   Room C2-537, Clinical Programs Center

Speaker:   Dr. Daniel Fletcher, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Section of Emergency and Critical Care

Less than 6% of dogs and cats that experience cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) survive to hospital discharge, while the survival rate in people is over 20%. Until the advent of evidence-based guidelines and standardized training in human medicine, survival rates in people were similar to animals. No such standardized guidelines or training exist in veterinary medicine, which has led to extreme variability in the approach to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and has likely contributed to the poor outcomes in dogs and cats with CPA. The Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) initiative, a collaborative project supported by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) involving over 100 board certified veterinary specialists from around the world, has spent the last 18 months addressing this problem. These volunteers systematically reviewed the experimental and clinical evidence in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) research and devised a series of evidence-based, consensus CPR guidelines for dogs and cats. This talk will describe the process used by RECOVER organizers to develop the evidence-based consensus guidelines, the standardized grading scheme used to evaluate the literature, and the rating system developed to summarize the evidence for each guideline.

Title:  The Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation: A First Attempt at Evidence-Based Veterinary CPR Guidelines.

Hosted by: Dr. Catherine Rogers


CANCELED - To be rescheduled

Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
Location:   Room C2-537, Clinical Programs Center
Speaker:   Dr. Scot Dowd, Molecular Research LP (MR DNA), Shallowater Texas; Laboratory Director, Spirostat Technologies, and Co-Owner of PathoGenious Diagnostics

Since 2008, Dr. Dowd is currently co-owner of Research and Testing Laboratory and co-owner of PathoGenius Diagnostics; and an officer and director of the corporation that is the general partner of SpiroStat Technologies LP. Dr. Dowd has received over 40 formal scientific honors and awards, and served the scientific community on the editorial boards of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Microbiology, Journal of Bacteriology & Parasitology, Wound Journal of Diabetes, Advances in Wound Care, and the Review Panels for USDA-NRI and the DOD. Dr. Dowd has secured over $10 million in research and development funding since 2002, and has authored/co-authored over 130 peer reviewed journal articles and holds patents.

Title: Next Generation Diagnostics applied to Veterinary Medicine
Hosted by:  Dr. Kenneth Simpson


Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
Location:   Room C2-537, Clinical Programs Center
Speaker:  Nozomi Nishimura, Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Nozomi Nishimura grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She majored in Physics at Harvard College where she worked with Professor Eric Mazur on femtosecond laser ablation. In graduate school she became interested in neuroscience and worked with Professor David Kleinfeld at University of California at San Diego. Although still in the Physics Department, her research focused on studying blood flow in the brain of rodents and developing laser-based models of small stroke. She came to Biomedical Engineering at Cornell in 2006 to do a postdoc with Professor Chris Schaffer. At Cornell, current research expands the use of in vivo imaging techniques to studies of Alzheimer’s disease and other pathologies in both brain and other organs.

Title:  In vivo Imaging of the Vertebrate Nervous System
Hosted by: Dr. Jon Cheetham

Date:  Friday, November 16, 2012
Location:  Room C2-537, Clinical Programs Center
Speaker:  Dr. Christopher Orton, Professor of Cardiology, Colorado State University

Dr. Orton established the clinical cardiology service at Colorado State University and began an open heart surgery program for dogs in 1991. This program is credited with many firsts in the area of canine heart surgery and is recognized as the premier center for canine heart surgery in North America. Dr. Orton heads an NIH-funded research program in heart valve pathobiology and tissue engineering. Recent work in Orton’s lab has pioneered the use of in vitro methods for analysis of gene transcription in heart valves subjected to strain that models hypertensive disease.

Title: Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease: Cell Biology to Intervention
Hosted by: Dr. Sydney Moise

Date: Friday, November 30, 2012
Location:   Room C2-537, Clinical Programs Center
Speaker:   Dr. Rodrigo Bicalho
, Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine

Dr. Bicalho received a DVM degree from the Federal University of Goias, Brazil in 2002 and a PhD degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 2008. He completed a residency in the Ambulatory Clinic at Cornell. Since January 14, 2009 he has been an Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine at Cornell. His research interests can be divided into two major components; bovine lameness and infectious diseases. During his PhD at Cornell University he was trained as an Epidemiologist; he has mastered the skills of study design, field trials, and statistical analyses; and is able to conduct applied as well as basic research within a diversity of different topics.

Title:  Microbial Diversity Studies applied to Veterinary Medicine
Hosted by:  Dr. Robert Gilbert


Date: Friday, December 14, 2012
Location:   Room C2-537, Clinical Programs Center
Speaker:   Dr. Andrea Looney, Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Sciences, Section of Anesthesiology

Dr. Looney graduated from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. After spending a year in private practice, she returned to Cornell's Small Animal Hospital for an instructorship in Community Medicine and Anesthesiology. In 1997, Dr. Looney completed her residency in Anesthesiology and in 2001, boarded in Anesthesiology. She took a position with Angell/MSPCA Animal Medical Center in Boston and Springfield, MA in Intensive Care, Anesthesiology and General Medicine from 1997-2006. Clinical Assistant Professor at CMO Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialists Hospital, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine from 2005-2008. Dr. Looney joined Cornell University Department of Clinical Sciences in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in Anesthesiology at Cornell University's Hospital for Animals where she currently holds a joint appointment with Upstate Veterinary Specialties in Albany, New York.

Title:  Unique modalities and therapies for painful patients
Hosted by:  Dr. Andrea Looney