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Penn Vet Research Identifies Compounds That Control Hemorrhagic Viruses

Ronald Harty, PhD, Penn VetRonald N. Harty, an associate professor of microbiology at Penn Vet, and his team of researchers have identified several prototypic compounds with the potential to one day serve as broad-spectrum anti-viral drugs for disease such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever, rabies and HIV.

Viruses, which cannot reproduce on their own, hijack host cell proteins and machinery in order to replicate. After doing so, many viruses exit the cell in a process called “budding” in order to infect other cells and spread.

Harty and colleagues zeroed in on this step in the budding process, attempting to block it and reduce the infection to a level a person’s immune system would be able to control more easily.

Read the press release...

Dr. Harty speaks with KYW Newsradio...

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Ashley Berke
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berke@vet.upenn.edu
215-898-1475

John Donges
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jdonges@vet.upenn.edu
215-898-4234

Louisa Shepard
Communications Specialist for New Bolton Center
lshepard@vet.upenn.edu
610-925-6241

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  • Read about a dog named Brody, and his procedure to have one of his leg bones lengthened, allowing him to move more comfortably and easily: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-august-2014/filling-the-gap-growing-brodys-bone


  • The Class of 2018 rounded off their orientation last week with a trip to New Bolton Center!


    Timeline Photos
  • Don't forget to buy your tickets for the Riversharks game on Aug. 24!

    Please join us on August 24th at 1:35 for the "Bark in the Park" Day at Campbell's Field when the Riversharks take on the Revolution. Watch one of our pups Pacy throw out the first pitch!

    $5 of each ticket will benefit the Penn Vet Working Dog Center when using the code: PennVet. See the flier for more details!



  • Timeline Photos
    Please read about Maria, an Appaloosa who had gone blind from Equine Recurrent Uveitis. Penn Vet New Bolton Center's Dr. Nikki Scherrer performed the enucleation surgery to relieve Maria's crippling pain. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-august-2014/eye-surgery-saves-blind-appaloosa-from-chronic-pain
  • Please vote Ryan Hospital for Best Veterinarians in PHL17's Philly Hot List contest!

    http://phillyhotlist.cityvoter.com/university-of-pennsylvania-s-ryan-veterinary-hospital/biz/663017



  • Dr. Ron Harty comments on his research to block replication and “budding” in viruses such as Ebola.


    Ebola poses less of a risk to Americans than more contagious infections
    www.post-gazette.com
    Health preparedness and procedures in the United States should prevent a domestic outbreak of Ebola, whose death toll in western Africa now has topped 1,000. But a University of Pittsburgh virologist warns that the nation should focus on its vulnerability to other foreign viruses that are less deadl…
  • Orientation for the Class of 2018 continues! Last evening the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association hosted a BBQ for the new class.


  • It's not too late to buy your tickets for the Riversharks game on Aug. 24!

    Please join us on August 24th at 1:35 for the "Bark in the Park" Day at Campbell's Field when the Riversharks take on the Revolution. Watch one of our pups Pacy throw out the first pitch!

    $5 of each ticket will benefit the Penn Vet Working Dog Center when using the code: PennVet. See the flier for more details!



  • Hardest Core Makes Jump in Arlington Million
    www.bloodhorse.com
    Hardest Core, a 4-year-old Hard Spun gelding trained by Edward Graham and ridden by Eriluis Vaz, upset Arlington's biggest day at 11-1 to secure his first graded stakes score, let alone grade I victory.
  • Welcome to the Class of 2018!

    Our new students started orientation today! Amidst tours, and lectures on procedure and protocol, they have time for some fun group activities!


  • Here's something you don't see everyday at the Philadelphia campus- chickens!

    Did you know that Penn Vet is part of the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS)? PADLS exists for the purpose of protecting animals and humans from health threats by providing accurate diagnoses to assist Pennsylvania's agricultural community in controlling diseases to minimize economic loss.

    One way the New Bolton Center PADLS labs help is by testing eggs for Salmonella to help ensure food safety.

    http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/NBC-hospital/diagnostic-laboratories/new-bolton-center-padls



  • Timeline Photos
    Addie Althouse, 11 years old, loves horses, rides horses, and collects Breyer toy horses. When the foot broke off of one of her nearly 60 Breyer treasures, she turned to her father -- Dr. Gary Althouse, Chairman of the New Bolton Center Department of Clinical Studies -- and suggested a solution. Could the Chief of Farrier Services, Patrick Reilly, fix this favorite? After all, everyone knows that when a horse has a problem with a hoof, you call the farrier. Clever girl! Pat fixed the horse beautifully, using the same epoxy that he uses to glue shoes on real horses. After a day of prescribed stall rest, this patient will be as good as new!
  • Have you bought your tickets for the Riversharks game on Aug. 24 yet?

    Please join us on August 24th at 1:35 for the "Bark in the Park" Day at Campbell's Field when the Riversharks take on the Revolution. Watch one of our pups Pacy throw out the first pitch!

    $5 of each ticket will benefit the Penn Vet Working Dog Center when using the code: PennVet. See the flier for more details!


  • Horse owners, what do you need to know about equine herpesvirus?

    In the newly launched New Bolton Post, Drs. Helen Aceto and Amy Johnson answer questions and give tips about this extremely contagious and potentially life-threatening infection.

    http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/new-bolton-post/new-bolton-post-summer-2014/penn-vet-experts-advise-community-on-equine-herpes-virus


  • The Monmouth County SPCA is holding a benefit Nov. 9 to support canine cancer research at Penn Vet! Check it out!


  • Penn Vet's Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center (VCIC) is now recruiting dogs with a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in one knee for a clinical trial assessing the outcome of varying degrees of patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis stabilized with a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgical procedure. Enrolled patients will make seven (7) visits to Ryan Hospital within one year of enrollment.

    Inclusion criteria:
    • Dogs weighing 20 kgs (44 pounds) or more
    • Confirmed diagnosis of a unilateral cranial cruciate ligament rupture
    • No evidence of other concurrent orthopedic diseases
    • Clinical signs of a cranial cruciate rupture
    • Owner willing to participate in all study visits
    • Owner willing and able to be financially responsible for cost of TPLO surgical procedure

    Benefits:
    • Financial coverage for pre- and post-operative bloodwork, x-rays, and all study visits
    • Follow up care including: orthopedic examinations, activity monitoring, gait analysis, and imaging (radiographs and CT scan)

    If interested in enrolling a dog into this study, please contact the VCIC at 215-573-0302 or vcic@vet.upenn.edu.



  • Timeline Photos
    Boone and My Special Girl have been moved to the farm of New Bolton Center's Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston. Our veterinarians decided it was better for him to move earlier than planned, with his mother, because Dr. Nolen-Walston has another mare and foal, and he can have a friend. My Special Girl will live with him there until he is weaned in the fall, and then she will return to Penn Vet's New Bolton Center and her job as a teaching mare. Please view this video of their move: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEsKou-cVzY&feature=youtu.be
  • Penn Vet welcomes our new large animal ophthalmologist Dr. Catherine Nunnery to New Bolton Center!

    http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34362/nunnery-joins-penn-vet-as-large-animal-ophthalmologist



  • Timeline Photos
    Dr. Perry Habecker, Chief of Penn Vet's Large Animal Pathology Service at New Bolton Center, was featured in a terrific story on Philadelphia's WHYY Radio science program, The Pulse. Reporter Elisabeth Perez-Luna spoke to Dr. Habecker about the dolphin deaths on the Atlantic Coast. http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/thepulse/item/70945-inside-the-911-call-center-for-sick-injured-marine-animals-in-new-jersey-
  • Dr. Ronald Harty spoke with KYW Newsradio about his research in controlling the spread of hemorrhagic viruses, such as Ebola:
    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/08/05/penn-vet-research-may-lead-to-future-treatment-for-deadly-ebola-virus/



    Penn Vet Research May Lead To Future Treatment For Deadly Ebola Virus - CBS Philly
    philadelphia.cbslocal.com
    Dr. Ronald Harty and his team are studying the molecular workings of viruses, aiming to reduce their ability to spread infection.
  • Zzisa's puppies arrived at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center today! Here are four out of the nine!


  • Pacy is not only training to be a Search and Rescue dog, she's also perfecting her technique to "throw" the first pitch at the Riversharks game on August 24th! This is the hottest ticket in town!

    Join us for "Bark in the Park" day to benefit the Penn Vet Working Dog Center! Enter the group code: PennVet to purchase your tickets now: http://www.riversharks.com/index.cfm


  • Dr. Debbie Mandell speaks with Vetstreet about 5 factors that could put your dog at risk for heatstroke: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/5-factors-that-put-your-dog-at-risk-for-summer-heatstroke


  • Our state-of-the-art Buerger Family Minimally Invasive Surgery Suite is also a wonderful teaching tool. Here, 4th-year students watch a procedure live on the video monitor without having to be present inside the suite.

    Learn more about our Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital/services/surgery/minimally-invasive-surgery


  • Dr. David Holt leads a Penn team in using a new imaging system to improve surgical outcomes in treating cancer.

    http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-team-makes-cancer-glow-to-improve-surgical-outcomes



  • Ryan Hospital is in the running again for Best Veterinarians in PHL17's Philly Hot List contest!

    Please vote! http://phillyhotlist.cityvoter.com/university-of-pennsylvania-s-ryan-veterinary-hospital/biz/663017


  • Dr. Cindy Otto needs your votes!

    You can vote daily for her to become America's Favorite Veterinarian through August 30! Dr. Otto is an associate professor of emergency care at Ryan hospital and is the founder and director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

    Vote here: http://www.americasfavoriteveterinarian.org/finalists/2014-finalists/dr.-cynthia-otto/?query=category.eq.2014+Finalists&back=Finalists


  • New Bolton Center's Dr. Mary Utter and Dr. Nikki Scherrer were featured in a terrific story on Fox 29 TV News about restoring sight to a Belgian Draft horse rescued by the Large Animal Protection Society. The cataract surgery, performed by Dr. Utter and assisted by Dr. Scherrer, was successful and Big Pat can see with his right eye, making it possible to save his life.

    http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/26107938/blind-horse-gets-new-hope-and-restored-vision-in-one-eye


  • Please vote Ryan Hospital for Best Veterinarians in PHL17's Philly Hot List contest! http://t.co/PGbiI1MdYl
  • Here's something you don't see everyday at the Philadelphia campus- chickens! http://t.co/EDdOprLWGF
  • Horse owners, what do you need to know about equine herpesvirus? Drs. Helen Aceto and Amy Johnson answer questions. http://t.co/3XGLeYDMbG
  • Penn Vet welcomes our new large animal ophthalmologist Dr. Catherine Nunnery to New Bolton Center! http://t.co/MWudFoXShI
  • Dr. Ronald Harty spoke with KYW Newsradio about controlling the spread of hemorrhagic viruses, such as Ebola: http://t.co/MgTnqZjtnM

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