LSU Veterinary School researchers receive more than $93,000 in CORP and USDA funding

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2016

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) researchers have recently received more than $93,000 in CORP and USDA funding to further their individual research projects. This is an internal competition where LSU SVM researchers apply to be considered for either the CORP funding or the USDA 1433 funding. A total of 18 researchers applied for funding, but overall only 10 will be awarded. Researchers are to use the funding for small-scale research projects and will use the findings to apply for larger federally funded resources.

“At a time when federal funding for research is highly competitive, the SVM CORP and USDA 1433 funding opportunities play a very important role in providing our researchers support for both basic and clinical studies, said Rhonda Cardin, PhD, associate dean for Research and Advanced Studies. “As can be seen from the diverse research funded this year, these funding resources make a difference in our competitiveness for national research grants or to improve clinical outcomes.”

The recipients are:

2016-2017 SVM CORP Funding

  • Renee Carter, DVM (LSU SVM 2000), DACVO, assistant professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). Project title: “Cytokine tear film profile determination in healthy dogs and those with inflammatory ocular surface disorders”
  • Henrique Cheng, DVM, MS, PhD, associate professor in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS). Project title: “Control of insulin secretion by the flavonoid cyanidin for diabetes treatment“
  • Joseph Francis, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, professor in CBS. Project title: “Hemorrhagic infarct (hMI) Iron deposition in Post Myocardial Infarction and Ventricular Remodeling”
  • Charles Lee, PhD, assistant professor in CBS. Project title: “Differential perineuronal net formation in a mouse model of autism”
  • Sean P. Riley, PhD, assistant professor (research) in Pathobiological Sciences. Project title: “Role of complement in immunity to Rickettsia infection”
  • Tirumalai Rangasamy, MSc, PhD, assistant professor in PBS. Project title: “Modulation of Neutrophil Function by Lung Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Pneumonic Sepsis”
  • Masami Yoshimura, BSc, MSc, DSc, associate professor in CBS. Project title: “Role of Type 7 Adenylyl Cyclase in Ethanol's Effects on Immune Response”

2016-2017 USDA 1433 Funding

  • Shafiqul Chowdhury, DVM, MS, PhD, professor in PBS. Project title: “Analysis of BHV-1 tegument protein VP22 transport in compartmentalized primary neurons in culture with or without virus infection”
  • Mandi Lopez, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, professor of veterinary surgery in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). Project title: “Characterization of Adult Equine Stem Cells from Normal and Laminitic Hooves”
  • Ronald Thune, MS, PhD, professor of Aquatic Animal Health and Head in PBS. Project title: “Edwardsiella ictaluri type III secretion system effector proteins as carriers of channel catfish virus antigens”

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.