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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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  • Timeline Photos
    Our camera caught Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks in a meeting with Dr. Lisa Murphy on the porch of New Bolton Center's historic Allam House this beautiful fall afternoon. Now they are a part of Penn's history in the "Day in the Life of Penn" project, which features photos taken and submitted today for the photostory. Check out the project on Instagram: #PennDayInLIfe. You can see some of our photos at #PennVet_NewBoltonCenter.
  • Join us November 4th for the next free First Tuesday lecture at New Bolton Center!

    Dr. Elizabeth Davidson and Dr. Liz Arbittier will present "Sports Medicine: Inside and Out", a joint lecture in equine sports medicine, including lameness evaluations. The lecture will include a demonstration in the Ilona English Equine Performance Evaluation Facility.

    Learn more and register: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/new-bolton-center-first-tuesday-lecture-nov.-4-to-feature-sports-medicine

  • Learn more about the behavior classes here: https://capable-canine.com/classes/puppy-socialization/

    Our next PUPPY CLASSES series will start on 10/27. It's time to enroll you puppy! In case you should have questions about the importance of positive training, here a video from one of our superbe students and her cat! Who did say that cats cannot be trained? You have just to use the right method!!!
  • Be a part of the largest and longest study ever to improve the
    lives of dogs!

    Morris Animal Foundation is conducting a Golden Retriever Lifetime
    Study to help determine risk factors for canine diseases, notably cancer.

    Morris Animal Foundation graciously provides grants to institutions for
    the study of disease in animals and is a great friend of Penn Vet. We
    invite you to sign your Golden up for this important lifetime study.

    Learn more here: http://caninelifetimehealth.org/

  • During surgery, routine checks of blood pressure and oxygen levels give indication of the patient's overall well-being. But a new study of dog microcirculation, led by Dr. Deborah Silverstein, looks to ensure adequate blood flow in the smaller blood vessels.

    The study points to the importance of giving IV fluids during even minor, elective surgical procedures, a standard of care that is recommended but not often practiced in many veterinary hospitals.

    Learn more about the study: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-vet-study-monitors-effects-of-iv-fluid-on-circulation-during-surgery

  • Timeline Photos
    Our Boone is growing up, and so is the blog chronicling his life. No longer the "Baby Book," the journal is now named "Boone's Blog." The new address is www.vet.upenn.edu/boonesblog. Please be sure to bookmark it! Go there now to learn the latest details about Boone, who returned to the farm of our Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston this week. He gets lots of attention from her 10-year-old daughter, Alice, pictured here. Boone is now off of antibiotics and healing well, sharing a paddock with a champion steeplechase pony. For more details and photos, go to Boone's Blog!

  • Timeline Photos
    Please read our Penn Vet Extra story about champion Thoroughbred racehorse, Hardest Core, and his life-saving surgery by Dr. Louise Southwood: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-october-2014/hardest-core Hardest Core went on to win the Arlington Million in August, which earned him a spot in the Breeders' Cup Turf Classic on November 1. The four-year-old gelding is owned by the local Bentley family, a long-time New Bolton Center client and supporter. We are all wishing them well at the Breeders' Cup and beyond!
  • Dr. Ron Harty comments on the euthanasia of the pet dog in Spain- that it was a wasted opportunity to learn more about Ebola and how pets may fit in the transmission cycle.


  • Under pressure to save a life, veterinarians at Ryan Hospital found a creative solution that not only gave an African grey parrot named Bocelli a second chance, but also had him on his feet and talking again within a day.

    Read Bocelli's story: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-october-2014/parrot-story

  • Timeline Photos
    New Bolton Center's nurses perform valuable work throughout the hospital. Pictured is Veterinary Technician Kriste Halscheid caring for a patient in the colic wing of our James M. Moran Jr. Critical Care Center. Learn more about New Bolton Center's nurses: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/NBC-hospital/services/veterinary-nursing/patient-care-technicians
  • This is National Veterinary Technician Week! The annual event, which recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions to the best possible care of animals, is sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

    Pictured is veterinary nurse practitioner Jessica Bosco, as she comforts her patient in the fluids ward.

    Learn more about our nurses: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital/services/veterinary-nursing

  • Did you know dogs can get breast cancer too?

    Dr. Karin Sorenmo leads the Penn Vet Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program. The program provides care to shelter dogs with mammary tumors that are homeless and without access to the care they need to survive.

    Mammary tumors in dogs and breast cancer in women have many similarities, both in terms of risk factors and biology. Many of the dogs have multiple tumors, often in different stages of malignant transformation, and therefore provide a unique opportunity to study cancer progression.

    Learn more about the Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital/services/comprehensive-cancer-care/cancer-research/canine-mammary-tumor-program

  • Congratulations to third-year Penn Vet student Lindsay Gallagher!

    She and her brother competed in the first Veterinary Innovation Challenge and won third place for their Hush-Puppy device. It uses a standard automatic feeder linked to a bark-detecting collar to help quiet incessant barking.


  • On Tuesday, October 7, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted the second annual “Best Friends Bash” for 15 of their craniofacial patients. The children had the opportunity to meet dogs with similar conditions who were patients with Ryan Hospital's department of Dentistry and Oral Surgery. This unique partnership aims to help children see how dogs are affected by similar problems and how they have adapted.

    Best Friends Bash 2014
    On Tuesday, October 7, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted the second annual “Best Friends Bash” for 15 of their craniofacial patients. The children had the opportunity to meet dogs with similar conditions who were patients with Ryan Hospital's department of Dentistry and Oral Surgery. This unique partnership aims to help children see how dogs are affected by similar problems and how they have adapted.
  • Do you have a ferret with an insulinoma? Are you interested in a FREE physical exam, blood work, and CT scan for your ferret?

    Dr. Adam Yoskowitz (Radiology), in conjunction with the Exotics department, is recruiting ferrets to participate in a study assessing CT for detection and diagnosis of insuliomas. As part of the requirements for this study, you should be pursuing surgical treatment of the insulinoma. Surgery to remove the insulinoma tissue can be performed by the veterinarian of your choice, and does not need to be at Penn Vet.

    As part of this study, if eligible your ferret would receive:
    - FREE physical exam
    - FREE blood work (CBC, Chem)
    - FREE CT scan
    - FREE Biopsy

    You just need to bring your ferret in for one visit at no cost to you for the above procedures. (Drop-offs and weekend appointments are possible.)

    Contact Dr. Adam Yoskowitz for more information or to schedule an appointment (Adamyosk@vet.upenn.edu or 215-620-8432)

  • We hope to see you at the PAWS Mutt Strut on Saturday!


  • The Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center is still accepting dogs at least 9 years of age in our clinical trial for older dogs. If your dog is showing signs of slowing down or not getting around as well, he or she may be eligible to participate. This trial is evaluating the effects of a plant-based supplement in improving overall function, mobility, and quality of life in aging dogs.

    This trial involves 4 visits to VHUP over approximately 5-6 weeks. Benefits include free exam, blood work, and a $100 gift card upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information, please contact Angie in the VCIC at cosey@vet.upenn.edu.

  • Anderson Cooper: Does your dog really love you?
    The correspondent talks about his beloved dog, "Molly," while reporting for 60 Minutes on the science of dog intelligence.

  • Timeline Photos
    Bette, the pig injured by hunting arrows, is doing "really, really well" today, with no fever and a "great appetite," reports Penn Vet New Bolton Center Surgeon Dr. Marie-Eve Fecteau, who performed the surgery to save her life. No longer requiring an IV, the Duroc pig is on oral antibiotics and pain medications. Bette is expected to return to her home at the Chenoa Manor animal sanctuary this week. Read about Bette and her treatment: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/NBC-hospital/services/emergency-critical-care/patient-stories

  • Timeline Photos
    Penn Vet New Bolton Center Surgeon Dr. Marie-Eve Fecteau and her team this week saved the life of Bette, a Duroc pig seriously injured by two hunting arrows. Bette lives at the local Chenoa Manor animal sanctuary. Read about Bette and her treatment: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/NBC-hospital/services/emergency-critical-care/patient-stories
  • Penn Vet students discover, in a broader context, what it means to be a veterinarian by assisting in wildlife treatment and conservation efforts, at home and abroad.

    Read about their stories: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-vet-students-travel-the-world-to-treat-wildlife

  • Hi, everyone! We need your help. Below is a survey for cat owners, which we hope will give us some new insights into cat behavior. This survey is open to all owners of registered, single breed (purebred) cats.

    Please share, and if you own such a cat, use this survey to tell us about him or her today! Thanks!


  • Cover Photos
    New Bolton Center maintains a herd of horses used to help teach our veterinary students. They live in fields throughout our beautiful 700 acre campus in Chester County, PA. — at Penn Vet New Bolton Center.
  • Aversive training may have detrimental consequences on your dog’s body and mind.

    Dr. Carlo Siracusa discusses that what you teach your dog may be less important than how.


  • Does your dog get fleas?

    Dr. Christine Cain comments on flea prevention for pets for the New York Times.


    Vets Face Rising Worry Over Fleas
    Anecdotal reports suggest fleas are getting harder to control, but vets and product makers said the products still work.

  • Timeline Photos
    Please read a terrific story in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer about the "Cow of the Future" that features New Bolton Center's team at the Center for Animal Health and Productivity. Also featured is local dairy farmer, friend, and client, Walt Moore. http://articles.philly.com/2014-09-28/news/54404607_1_methane-emissions-greenhouse-gas-emissions-dairy-cows
  • Did you catch Dr. Nicola Mason on FOX 29 News last week?

    She was interviewed about the osteosarcoma vaccine clinical trials she's conducting for dogs, and how those trial results may help human cancer patients in the future!


  • Penn Vet's Dr. Brett Kaufman led a study that found oxidative damage of cellular mitochondria may play a role in aging.

    Learn more: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-vet-led-study-ties-aging-to-oxidative-damage-in-mitochondria

  • Join us November 4th for free First Tuesday lecture at New Bolton Center! "Sports Medicine: Inside and Out": http://t.co/1W73UxvmZ9
  • RT @SwineWelfareVet: Hey @Penn, I get to hang out with these cuties every day!! #PennDayinLife http://t.co/8XeEdxdQvX
  • Dr. Deborah Silverstein studies dog microcirculation to ensure adequate bloodflow in smaller vessels during surgery: http://t.co/o1TODQOOkA
  • Dr. Ron Harty talks about the quarantine of the pet dog in Dallas- a great opportunity to learn about Ebola and pets: http://t.co/bbVDCm7PIc
  • Read about the risky, unusual procedure performed at Penn Vet to save the life of Bocelli, an African grey parrot: http://t.co/lGriBOhASk

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