Research and Discovery: The Comparative Approach
The concept of “One medicine, one health” is based upon a fundamental idea: advances in both human and veterinary medicine are dependent on overlapping technologies and research discoveries. This is the essence of Comparative Medicine-- the study of the close connections between human and animal health and disease.
The faculty in the Department of Comparative Medicine are basic researchers or veterinary clinician scientists, all working toward one health. Basic scientist faculty use animal models of epilepsy, neuronal reorganization and recovery after injury, and cortical neuronal circuitry to study physiological and patho-physiological processes. The veterinary clinical faculty in the Department of Comparative Medicine research interests focus on topics pertaining to laboratory animal and wildlife health, and on animal models of human disease. The species studied are diverse, ranging from rodents to the African Clawed frog.
Faculty Book Publications
Green S.L.: The Laboratory Xenopus sp provides researchers and lab managers with a practical, step-by-step manual that emphasizes the humane care and use of captive clawed frogs in basic as well as biomedical, and toxicological research. CRC Press 2009
Winnicker C., Gaskill B., Garner J., Pritchett-Corning, K. A Guide to the Behavior & Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents. Boston: Charles River Laboratories 2012
Pacharinsak C, Smith J.C.: Handbook of Laboratory Anesthesia and Pain Management: Rodents covers anesthetic machine and related equipment, anesthetic management and monitoring, anesthesia and analgesia pharmacology, euthanasia, and record keeping. CRC Press 2017
Faculty Journal Publications
McCann MM, Fisher KM, Ahloy‐Dallaire J, Darian-Smith C. Somatosensory corticospinal tract axons sprout within the cervical cord following a dorsal root/dorsal column spinal injury in the rat. J Comp Neurol 2020, 528(8):
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