May 2019

May 17th, 2019

NIH administers first clinical trial treatment for GM1 created by Auburn, UMass

Milestone marks the first patient with GM1 gangliosidosis treated with gene therapy The first clinical trial of a gene therapy treatment created through a research alliance between Auburn University and the University of Massachusetts has been administered in a child at the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH clinical trial […]

March 2019

Mar 12th, 2019

College of Veterinary Medicine celebrates Brain Awareness Week

A vital alliance comprised of families affected by rare brain diseases, researchers searching for a cure and industry executives was highlighted during a Tuesday event at Auburn University. The panel event, “Building a Brighter Future for Rare Brain Disease Patients,” was held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. There, five family […]

February 2019

Feb 22nd, 2019

Auburn University senior is on a mission for a cure for GM1

When Auburn University senior Cassie Bebout was 6 years old, her 9-year-old brother Jake died from GM1, a rare genetic disease with no cure. Cassie’s life was changed forever. The senior molecular biology major, who will earn her bachelor’s degree in May, has devoted her college career to helping find a possible cure for the […]

February 2018

Feb 12th, 2018

Treatment for Devastating Neurodegenerative Disease Nears Reality with Human, Animal Research Team

An effective treatment for a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease may soon be in human clinical trials through pioneering advances in gene therapy and molecular medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and in partnership with human medical researchers in the U.S. and across the globe. Researchers at the college’s Scott-Ritchey Research Center and UMass […]

November 2017

Nov 29th, 2017

Pioneering Research in Gene Therapy and Molecular Medicine

Genetic disorders and diseases caused by failure of mechanisms that regulate gene expression, or the processing of gene products, can have devastating effects on both humans and animals. Pioneering advances in gene therapy and molecular medicine at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), one of which is nearing human clinical trials, hold promise […]

Nov 28th, 2017

AURIC Names 2018 Faculty and Student Research Grants Recipients

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The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer, or AURIC, has announced the recipients for its 2018 research grants programs for faculty and students. A total of two major grants; four seed grants; and 10 graduate fellowship grants were awarded for the 2018 academic year, announced AURIC director Dr. Bruce Smith. “These grants highlight the cutting-edge […]

September 2017

Sep 12th, 2017

College of Veterinary Medicine Honors Porter Heatherly with GM1 Fundraiser Sept. 16

Porter’s Fund event, a Cure for GM1, will pay tribute to Alabama’s first known case of the rare genetic disease, and raise funds to support testing a cure led by scientists at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Tickets are available for the annual fundraiser for the Scott-Ritchey Research Center, which will be held […]

May 2017

May 15th, 2017

VetMed Student Recipient of 2017 Outstanding International Graduate Student Award

Abdul Mohin Sajib, a student in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Biomedical Sciences graduate program, is a 2017 recipient of Auburn University’s Outstanding International Graduate Student Award. Sajib is mentored by Dr. Bruce Smith, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology and director of the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC). He has worked […]

September 2016

Sep 19th, 2016

Researchers Working Toward Clinical Trial in Treatment of Fatal Disease

A potential cure for the fatal disease GM1 gangliosidosis, which is nearing clinical trials next year, could one day also be used to treat more commonly known diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson. Dr. Doug Martin, a research scientist at the Scott-Ritchey Research Center at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, says the gene therapy […]

Sep 13th, 2016

Eufaula Veterinarian Kicks Off #CureGM1 to Support AU Research; Porter Heatherly

A Eufaula veterinary family is helping to kick off a social media campaign — #CureGM1 — to inform the public about a fatal disease and raise money to support research for a cure at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jim ’83 and Anne ’80 Gardner, who own Gardner Animal Hospital in Eufaula, learned through […]