Clinical Investigators' Day event shares research findings

The College of Veterinary Medicine held its third annual Clinical Investigators’ Day Friday, October 10 in conjunction with the fall New York State Veterinary Conference.

CollegeThis annual symposium, held at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, provides residents and interns at the College the opportunity to present their research to the community at large. This meeting is not only a forum for the presentation of important research, many of which ultimately result in advances in veterinary and human health medicine, but also serves as a catalyst to promote interactions among students, faculty, practitioners, and alumni. We are proud to support this innovative program and we look forward to the discoveries it will promote.

Several other speakers from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine gave talks throughout the day. Andrew Miller, DVM, DACVP, Assistant Professor of Pathology, in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and Robert “Oz” Ossiboff, DVM, DACVP, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, opened the program with a talk on “Career Paths in Academia.”  The mid-day session allowed participants to hear John Parker, BVMS, PhD, Associate Professor of Virology at Baker Institute for Animal Health speak about “Graduate training programs in comparative medicine.” Bettina Wagner, DVM, Dr. vet. med. Habil., Associate Professor in Immunology in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, followed with a session about “Research and training opportunities beyond your residency.” Sydney Moise, DVM, MS, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Cardiology concluded with an inspiring seminar entitled “The real deal in performing clinical research.”

Residents from varying disciplines within the College presented on topics ranging from anesthesia to clinical pathology to sports medicine and rehabilitation to basic biomedical research.  The college was most fortunate to feature Maria Constança Matias Ferreira Pomba, DVM, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Strategies of Antimicrobial Therapy at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, as the key note speaker, addressing an important human and veterinary health issue on “Multidrug-resistant bacterial infections: from the lab to the patient.”

A reception and awards presentation followed, conducted by Michael Kotlikoff, VMD, PhD, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. Awards were given for travel to present future research to the following winners:


Resident Recipient


Presentation Title

Best Overall Presentation Award

Elizabeth S. Moore, DVMLaboratory Animal Medicine

Robert Weiss, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Protection Against Dietary Fat-Induced DNA Damage by the Fanconi Anemia Pathway

Best Scientific Content Award

Martin H. Zinicola, DVM
Ambulatory and Production Medicine

Ricardo Bicalho, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Altered Microbiomes in Bovine Digital Dermatitis Lesions, and the Gut as a Potential Reservoir of Bacterial Pathogens

Best Presentation Style Award

Ashleigh W. Newman, VMD
Clinical Pathology

Erica Behling-Kelly, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Reporting and Interpreting Red Blood Cell Morphology: Is There Discordance Between Clinical Pathologists and Clinicians?”

Best Abstract Award


Annatasha K.G. Bartel, BVM&S

Luis Campoy, Department of Clinical Sciences

Comparison of Bupivacaine and Dexmedetomidine Femoral and Sciatic Nerve Blocks Versus Bupivacaine and Buprenorphine Epidural for Stifle Arthroplasty in Dogs


“We were especially delighted to be part of the New York State Veterinary Conference this year. It served as an exceptional vehicle to share contemporary clinical and basic research findings with the veterinary professional community while providing program participants with continuing education credit. We commend Meg Thompson, DVM, DACVR, Co-Chair of the NYS Veterinary Conference Committee, and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society for working with us to achieve the program’s goals,” said Drs. Elizabeth Buckles and Mary Martin, who co-chaired the Clinical Investigators’ Day organizing committee. We are excited to coordinate next year’s program and partnership once again with the New York State Veterinary Conference next fall (October 16-18) at the College.”