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May 2, 2018

College of Veterinary Medicine gains membership to Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance

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The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has been accepted as the latest member of an organization dedicated to promoting One Health collaborations.

The Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance is comprised of veterinary schools that are partnered with medical institutions through a National Institutes of Health Clinical Translational Science Award.

The alliance's mission is to advance the understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals. The alliance leverages the expertise of physicians, research scientists, veterinarians and other professionals to find solutions for medical problems and to address the well-being of humans, animals and the environment. This approach will capitalize on One Health opportunities that accelerate translational research.

The veterinary college's primary collaborator is Frontiers: Clinical and Translational Science Unit at the University of Kansas, Fairway.

"As the director of Frontiers, I am happy to work alongside Kansas State University to support Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance's mission," said Dr. Richard Barohn, who is also the vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas Medical Center and president of its research institute. "I am excited about the potential of this partnership broadening the reach of Frontiers. I also look forward to discovering additional opportunities where partnerships between veterinary schools and medical colleagues exist."

"Like many schools of veterinary medicine, our college continues to have a strong focus on One Health," said Bonnie Rush, interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. We already have a 20-year collaboration with the KU School of Pharmacy, training its pharmacy students in our Veterinary Health Center. Our newest collaboration with KU scientists seeks to identify novel therapeutics for erythrocyte-infecting pathogens of both veterinary and human importance."

Other examples of ongoing collaborations include 1Data, a structured environment and animal data and simulation; a series of pharmacokinetics studies on lung cancer treatments; stem cell research with the KU Medical Center; vaccine research with the Kansas Vaccine Institute at KU; and several other projects.

More information about the Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance is available at ctsaonehealthalliance.org/announcements/.

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