Public Engagement

Public Engagement

Oliver's activities include speaking to the ACVP/ASVCP meting in Washington D.C. in November 2018 and the Penn Vet Annual Conference in 2017.  He enjoys Penn Vet extramural events such as the 2017 Charity Dog Walk, Philadelphia Science Fair, and the Purina National Dog Show.  

Oliver was a regular contributor to the Royal Veterinary College's schools outreach program, including the 'RVC on Tour' and the BSc (Bioveterinary Sciences) Open Day for school children. 

He also volunteered for British Society for Immunology public engagement activities (e.g. The Secret Life of Snot at the Big Bang Fair, ExCel Centre, London).


Communication of Scientific Issues

As Chair of the ACVIM Consensus Statement Report on Immunosuppressive therapy for canine IMHA, Oliver is intimately involved with the Diagnosis and Treatment groups.  Consensus Statements of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) provide veterinarians with guidelines regarding the pathophysiology, diagnosis, or treatment of animal diseases. The foundation of a Consensus Statement is evidence-based medicine, but if such evidence is conflicting or lacking, the panel provides interpretive recommendations based on their collective expertise. The Consensus Statement is intended to be a guide for veterinarians, but it is not a statement of standard of care or a substitute for clinical judgment. Topics for statements are approved by the Board of Regents (BOR) after input from the general membership. The Small Animal Internal Medicine and the Large Animal Internal Medicine At-Large Members approve panel chairs. A draft of the statement is prepared, and input from Diplomates is solicited at the Forum and via the ACVIM website and incorporated into a final version. The final draft of the Consensus Statement is approved by the At-Large Member before publication in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (JVIM).

He passionately believes in the importance of clear communication of scientific issues to the greater public and his research was featured in a podcast ('RVC 50') and RVC Annual Research Highlights event. More recently, Oliver's research has contributed to the April 2018 newsletter of Penn Vet Research News (PDF). He has also lectured to veterinarians and veterinary nurses in the UK, USA and Asia – both general practitioners and specialists.

Oliver's paper on the hematological phenotypes of different dog breeds, published in PLOS ONE, has been featured in a Press Release - RVC study provides large-scale analysis of blood cells in dog breeds. This work not only has immediate implications for canine medical practice, but also has far-reaching ramifications for our understanding of the genetic determinants of blood cells in health. This paper has been downloaded over 50 times from Oliver's ResearchGate page.

Research Presentation

Members of the Immune Regulation Lab have presented their research at various events and meetings. Recently, Sabina presented at the 2017 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. The symposium, held at the National Institutes of Health headquarters, highlights the ways veterinary scientists advance basic and applied biomedical and environmental research. Sabina and Jie also presented at the Immunology Graduate Group's annual retreat and Sabina more recently presented a poster at the Keystone Symposia in Colorado. The Garden Lab group has sponsored an annual retreat for the Penn immunology community since 1987.

Research Club

This past spring, Sabina started a Research Club at the veterinary school. The club aims to expose current students to the vast research being conducted by Penn’s faculty and to make students aware of the many research opportunities available on and off campus. During its first semester, the Research Club hosted a successful journal club for veterinary students as well as a lunch talk describing summer research opportunities pursued by current students.