Open faculty positions in endocrinology and metabolic disease at MSU

October 16, 2014

The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University is seeking applicants for a newly-approved academic specialist position in the endocrine section. Please see the position announcement for details of the duties and contact information.

Jack Oliver Graduate Research Award

October 16, 2014

The Society for Comparative Endocrinology (SCE) is pleased to invite proposals for the 2015 Jack Oliver Graduate Research Awards.

This award is primarily aimed to provide funding to research projects conducted by post-graduate veterinarians enrolled in a graduate or clinical training program (e.g., DipECVIM/DipACVIM Residency, MSc, PhD etc).

The award will be in the amount of US$5,000 (plus US$2,000 available for travel to present results) and the expectation is that the researcher will present their findings at the ACVIM Forum. A final report must be submitted within 2-years of the date of successful award notification.

The closing date for applications for submissions is January 31st 2015.

Please refer to the full guidelines to submit an application.

2014 Oxford Laboratories Award winners

June 19, 2014

We are delighted to announce the following winners of awards for the best veterinary endocrine publications of 2013 that were announced at the SCE Business Meeting in Nashville TN. The awards are given in two categories – basic science and clinical science. We thank Oxford Laboratories for their generous support of these awards once again. Congratulations to these research teams- we all appreciate the high quality of work you achieve! 

Basic Science Category

Margarethe Hoenig, Nicole Pach, Karl Thomaseth, Anh Le, David Schaeffer, and Duncan C. Ferguson. Cats differ from other species in their cytokine and antioxidant enzyme response when developing obesity. Obesity Biology and Integrated Physiology 2013, V 21, pp E407-E414.

Karl RJ Link, Ilana Allio, Jacqueline S Rand, Elisabeth Eppler. The effect of experimentally induced chronic hyperglycaemia on serum and pancreatic insulin, pancreatic islet IGF-1 and plasma and urinary ketones in the domestic cat (Felis felis). General and Comparative Endocrinology 2013, V 188, pp 269-281.

Clinical Science Category

Sylvia Djajadiningrat-Laanen, S Galac, MH Boeve, SAEB Boroffka, EC Naan, J IJzer, and HS Kooistra. Evaluation of the Oral Fludrocortisone Suppression Test for Diagnosing Primary Hyperaldosteronism in Cats. JVIM 2013;27:1493-1499.

Ruth Gostelow, N Bridger, and HM Syme. Plasma-Free Metanephrine and Free Normetanephrine Measurement for the Diagnosis of Pheochromocytoma in Dogs. JVIM 2013;27:83-90.

Congratulations to these research teams- we all appreciate the high quality of work you achieve!

Also, thanks to this year’s judges, Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, Kate Hill, Stijn Niessen, Mark Peterson, Alisdair Boag and Kurt Verkest!

Oxford Laboratories awards

March 26, 2014

SCE members are invited to send in your nominations for the 2013 Oxford Laboratories Awards for excellence in the advancement of knowledge related to small animal endocrinology.

Any publication in the field of endocrinology, published during the year 2013, with an author that is a member of the SCE, is eligible for this award.

Please send a copy of the nominated paper to Dr Patty Lathan, specifying whether the paper should be considered in the “Basic Science” or “Clinical Science” category. Members are permitted to nominate their own publications.

Nominations are due by Monday, March 31.

Thanks go to Oxford Laboratories for sponsoring this award again this year.

SCE-EQUAS Program

February 22, 2014

Please see the following notice from Dr Ray Nachreiner, Chairperson of the SCE External Quality Assurance Program:

We have two lyophilized canine samples for assessment. Cooperating laboratories should be sure to include the name of the assay manufacturer for each assay. For Siemens, please state whether it is Immulite or RIA, etc.

In order to expedite reporting of results, it is best to FAX them to me. Our FAX number is 517-353-5096. I am proposing a deadline of April 15 for the results to be completed so that we can finish the statistical analyses in a timely manner. For mail reports, our address is DCPAH Endocrine Diagnostic Section, 4125 Beaumont Road, Lansing, MI 48910-8104, USA.

IF YOUR LABORATORY DOES NOT RECEIVE THE EQUAS SAMPLES AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEM, FAX ME ASAP. WE WILL SEND THEM UNTIL THE SUPPLIES ARE EXHAUSTED.

We are able to send these samples to you at no charge since the SCE EQUAS program is generously subsidized by Oxford Laboratories, PO Box 558, Oxford, MI 48371, USA. Be sure to express your gratitude to them and their representatives for their continuing support of SCE. As always, if you have any suggestions for improvement of the EQUAS program, please contact me.

2013 Oxford Laboratories Award winners

June 16, 2013

We are delighted to announce the following winners of awards for the best veterinary endocrine publications of 2012 that were announced at the SCE Business Meeting in Seattle, WA. The awards are given in two categories – basic science and clinical science. We thank Oxford Laboratories for their generous support of these awards. Congratulations to these research teams – we all appreciate the high quality of work you achieve! 

Basic Science Category:

Massey J, Boag A, Short A, et al.  MHC class II association study in eight breeds of dog with hypoadrenocorticism. Immunogenetics 65:291-97.

Niessen SJM, Fernandez-Fuente M, Mahmoud A, et al. Novel diabetes mellitus treatment: mature canine insulin production by canine striated muscle through gene therapy. Domes Anim Endo 2012; 43:16-25.

Clinical Science Category:

Scott-Moncrieff JC, Moore G, Coe J, et al. Characteristics of commercially manufactured and compounded protamine zinc insulin. JAVMA 2012; 240:600-606.

Kook PH, Baloi P, Ruetten M, et al. Feasibility and Safety of Endoscopic Ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspiration of the Pancreas in DogsJ Vet Int Med 2012; 26:513-17.

Congratulations to these research teams- we all appreciate the high quality of work you achieve!

Also, thanks to this year’s judges, Drs. Margarethe Hoenig, Charlotte Bjornvad, Kate Hill, and Stijn Niessen!

Open faculty positions in endocrinology and metabolic disease at MSU

May 23, 2013

The Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation and the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) at Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is inviting applications for two positions in the area of endocrinology and metabolic disease.

Please see the position announcement for further details.

Final Program for 2013 SCE Meeting (updated May 23rd)

April 18, 2013

June 9th 2013

Dinner 6 pm - Networking and informal discussions

June 10th 2013

7:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am  - Introductions and acknowledgment of sponsors

Morning topic – Diabetes mellitus

8:10 am Dr. Claudia Kirk Update on the feline obesity/diabetes ACVIM consensus statement (30 min lecture plus 20 minutes discussion)

9:00 am Dr. Richard Nelson Use of insulin analogs in dogs (30 min lecture plus 20 minutes discussion).

9:50 am Dr. Paul Robertson MD  Glucose toxicity

10:50 am Coffee/snack  break

11:15 am Dr. Paul Robertson MD  Pancreatic islet transplantation

12:15 pm Dr. Jacquie Rand  Diagnosis of pre-diabetes and diabetes in cats

12:45 pm Adjourn

Boxed Lunches

Afternoon Free Time

7:00 pm DinnerNetworking and informal discussions

June 11th 2013

7:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am - Introductions and acknowledgment of sponsors

Morning topic – Treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism

8:10 am Dr. Hattie Syme Oral anti-thyroid drugs for treatment of feline hyperthyroidism

8:40 am Dr. Dave Bruyette Nutritional management of hyperthyroidism using iodine limited diets

9:10 am Dr. Catharine Scott-Moncrieff Effect of iodine limited diets on thyroidal iodine uptake in hyperthyroid cats

9:40 am Dr. Mark Peterson Update on radioactive iodine treatment in cats

10:00 am Panel discussion (Peterson, Syme, Bruyette, Scott-Moncrieff) on treatment of feline hyperthyroidism Moderator Dr. Johan Schoeman

10:30 am Coffee/snack break

11:00 am Dr. Peter Graham/Markus Rick

Update on EQUAS and early experiences of the ESVE External QA scheme

11:30 am Kent Refsal/Markus Rick An update on the measurement of 21-hydroxylase antibodies in dogs with hypoadrenocorticism

12:00 pm Kent Refsal/Markus Rick ‘Diagnosis of Primary Hyperaldosteronism in Cats:  Current Status and Questions for the Future’

12:30 pm Dr. Alan Poppl Insulin binding studies in muscle of bitches and tyrosine quinase activity, during different estrous cycle phases, and in bitches suffering from pyometra.

1:00 pm Adjourn

Boxed lunches and shuttle bus back to Seattle

Jack Oliver Award recipient

March 31, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Jack Oliver Graduate research award is Ms. Van de Bergh, a graduate student from Utrecht University. Her proposal is entitled “Therapeutic potential of steroidogenic factor 1 (SF-1) inverse agonist in canine cortisol-secreting adrenocortical tumors: in vitro investigation”. We look forward to hearing the results of this study. Congratulations to Ms. Van de Bergh and her mentor Dr Sara Galac!

2013 SCE Meeting

February 21, 2013

The 2013 SCE meeting will be held from Sunday, June 9, to Tuesday, June 11, in Woodinville, WA, about 30 minutes away from Seattle. Twenty five rooms have been reserved at the impressive Willows Lodge. Check it out at: www.willowslodge.com.
The meeting will begin with a “networking” dinner Sunday evening, followed by lectures and discussion on Monday and Tuesday mornings. With the help of gracious sponsors, we are offering the meeting and delicious meals at no cost to the members. The Society will also be providing shuttle transportation from Willows Lodge to the downtown Seattle hotels after lunch on Tuesday afternoon. However, members will be responsible for their accommodations. We have worked out a group rate for the meeting.

Please contact Dr Patty Lathan, SCE secretary to register for the meeting.

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Willows Lodge, Woodinvile WA