CTSA One Health Alliance Names 2021 Translational Research Fellows

UW ICTR is excited to share that our partners from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine have selected the COHA Translational Research Fellows for 2021. COHA, the Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA), is a consortium of veterinary schools partnered with medical and other colleagues through the CTSA program including UW-Madison.

The Translational Research Fellows program leverages the clinical specialty training of veterinary clinician-scientists into interdisciplinary research teams to address human health problems from diverse perspectives. Funding is for two years through a CTSA Innovation Award from NIH (NCATS). For more information about the program, contact Dr. Lauren Trepanier, lauren.trepanier@wisc.edu or Dr. Rob Rebhun rbrebhun@ucdavis.edu.

The 2021 Fellows are:

Benjamin Curtis, DVM (Resident, Anatomic Pathology, Colorado State Univ)
Development of Mucosal Vaccines Using a Systems Immunology Approach
Evaluation of probiotic adjuvants for the development of oral vaccines against SARS CoV2, feline enteric coronavirus, and human and murine rotaviruses.
Mentor Team at Colorado State University
Gregg Dean, DVM, PhD (Primary Mentor); Zaid Abdo, PhD; Marcela Henao-Tamayo, MD, PhD; Allison Vilander, DVM, PhD

Ellen Sherrick, DVM (Resident, Medical Oncology, North Carolina State Univ)
Neuronal Regulation of Acute Chemoradiotherapy-Associated Pain in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
Characterization of the role for neurons that express the TRPM8 ion channel in acute orofacial radiation-associated pain and performance of pain phenotyping in humans and dogs undergoing chemoradiation for spontaneous head and neck cancers.
Mentor Team at North Carolina State University
Michael Nolan, DVM, PhD (Primary Mentor); Matthew Breen, PhD; Margaret Gruen, DVM, MVPH, PhD; Duncan Lascelles, PhD; Santosh Mishra, PhD; Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD

Mentors Needed for 2022 Applicants

COHA is currently accepting short descriptions from potential mentors for collaborative mentored research opportunities for veterinary specialists. The deadline for this short submission is July 15, 2021. The 2022 cohort will consist of four 2-year research fellows from the 15 veterinary school-affiliated CTSAs that make up COHA. Full applications with a specific fellow will be due in January 2022 for start dates in August 2022.