Endocrine/Metabolic Disorders

James E. Collins, DVM, PhD, MS, DACVP
Research Interest:
Anatomic pathology as it relates to infectious diseases, agriculture, public health and biomedical research. 


Alice A. Larson, PhD
My research focuses on various aspects of pain transmission, especially that associated with musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia syndrome. Fibromyalgia is dramatically exacerbated by stress and diagnosed more than four times more frequently in females than in males. My most recent NIH grant focuses on determining whether stress hormones, like corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRF) or urocortins, cause musculoskeletal hyperalgesia in mice that is similar to that in fibromyalgia. Another direction that I have explored is the possibility that mast cells in the brain modulate pain transmission centrally as it is known to do peripherally.

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Molly McCue, DVM, MS, PhD
Our research group uses is to use the latest molecular genetics and genomics tools to study complex genetic disease, physiological variation and genetic diversity in equine populations. Our goals are to improve equine health through the understanding of complex genetic disease, allowing veterinarians to better predict, diagnose, and treat genetic disease, and to improve human health through the use of the horse as a biomedical model. We are working on a variety of diseases in horses including Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy, Recurrent Exertional Rhabdodyolysis, and melanoma susceptibility. We are also studying equine genetic diversity and the impact of selective breeding practices on equine health and disease susceptibility. For more information about our current projects please see the Equine Genetics and Genomics Laboratory website at:http://www.cvm.umn.edu/equinegenetics/home.html

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Ned Patterson, DVM, PhD
Research Interests:

  • Epilepsy
  • Comparative Medicine
  • Genetics 
  • Molecular Medicine

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Katey Pelican, DVM, PhD
Research Interests: Emerging challenges at the intersection of livestock, humans, wildlife and the environment. 

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Liz Pluhar, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS
Research Interests:
Improving total joint longevity, development of bone graft substitutes, the study of osteoclasts and bone graft incorporation, and the investigation of novel gene and immunotherapies for brain tumors.

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