December 2015
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Research Newsletter
Welcome to our newsletter
From the desk of the ADR

We end this year on a high note – we have maintained our 5 (well above world standard) in ERA for Veterinary Science research! Congratulations all! Animal Production and Genetics remain at 3 and 4 respectively (at and above world standard respectively – which is nothing to sneeze at!). Thanks go to Kim Heasman, Vanessa Barrs, Kendra Kerrisk and Tash Hamilton for being outstanding ERA champions for the Faculty. It was a tremendous amount of work – and they did it without complaining and with a “can do” attitude! Thank you! 

You may have noticed that the words “Innovation” and “Impact” seem to be in the headlines lately. As I write this, the government has released in National Innovation and Science Agenda (www.innovation.gov.au). The Research Development Committee is looking to showcase great research stories with “impact” and we will be practicing our “impact pitches” at the research conference. Don’t forget that the Faculty Research Conference will be held in the VSCC on the 3rd and 4th February. Thanks to all who have submitted abstracts. More details to follow soon!

It has been a very busy year this year. I hope you manage to take a break over the holidays and take the time to relax with your families and recharge. I look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas party and then again in the New Year! Happy holidays!

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Equity Fellows:
Prof Julia Beatty
Prof Julia Beatty's article regarding her Thompson Fellowship. Features  Q&A responses   Equity Fellows: where are they now? .
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Indigenous report
A/Prof Jaime Gongora
Developing resources for research

Jaime Gongora, Meg Vost, Jenny-Ann Toribio and Peter White have been awarded with an Educational Innovation Grants ($34K) from ITL to develop a cultural competence tool-kit for best practice community-based research & professional engagement. This is great news as it will allow resources to be developed in the area of cultural competence specific to the needs of students undertaking research in cross-cultural settings in any veterinary and animal science discipline.

Experience in research for Indigenous students from the Faculty

Faculty Indigenous students are being provided with opportunities to learn about and undertake research projects with the support of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy & Services (DVC-ISS). Students are now planning for a small research project to generate and interpret genetic data related to reptiles for future publication, as an extra-curricular activity.

Opportunities to engage with Indigenous communities

The University of Sydney, through the DVC-ISS, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation which includes Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. This is a great opportunity for student placements and research projects as this MoU will allow Community Service Hubs to be created, which will provide Sydney students with service learning opportunities in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. The model DVC-ISS have developed is centered on providing a respectful, reciprocal, and engaging program for students and staff and for communities that will result in meaningful outcomes. The emphasis in developing the projects has been that they are community identified and driven. Some of the projects that the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation has identified as being of importance include some related to feral animal control and land management practices.

Indigenous compact 2016

After announcing that there was an opportunity for staff to submit an expression of interest, idea or proposal for the 2016 Indigenous compact, funding has been requested for 4 areas of research. The outcomes of this funding request to the DVC-ISS will be announced next year.

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Media
In the media, who has been creating news...
The following articles have been sourced over October/November 2015

The Australian reported on the launch of One Welfare, an online repository of animal welfare and ethics resources co-developed by eight Australian and New Zealand veterinary schools, and quoted lead researcher Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed for a Sydney Morning Herald article about the interactive One Welfare portal launched at the University, which aims to ensure veterinarians are skilled in addressing community concerns and expectations around animal welfare
 
702 ABC Sydney mentioned University of Sydney research on the genetic health of koalas. 

City Hub reported the University of Sydney’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital has established a blood bank for dogs and quoted Dr Christine Griebsche about the positive response. 

New Scientist (UK) quoted Emeritus Professor Herman Raadsma from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the lack of evidence to support the theory of inbreeding in the koala population.

The Adelaide Advertiser reported on research from the Faculty of Veterinary Science which recommends cats can be desexed from the age of two months. 

702 ABC Sydney interviewed Dr Anne Fawcett from the Faculty of Veterinary Science on recommendations for preventing heat exhaustion in small animals

Study backs cat welfare: expert calls for early-age desexing

Research showing cats can be desexed younger than previously thought could have important implications for animal welfare and the environment.
 
ABC’s 7.30 Report broadcast a story about the influence of pharmaceutical and pet food companies on veterinarians which made brief reference to a subject taught at the University. ABC Online quoted Dr Anne Fawcett from the Faculty of Veterinary Science and a statement from the University about awareness of the issue.

The Daily Telegraph reported the University of Sydney’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will establish its own canine blood bank. Dr Christine Griebsch from the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital was quoted.

Associate Professor Vanessa Barrs from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences was interviewed on ABC TV (News 24, Sydney, Canberra) and ABC Radio (AM, 702 Sydney) about a new study which recommends desexing cats before the age of two months.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Age quoted Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about his research on training techniques and the ethics of keeping animals in captivity.

The Sydney Morning Herald and 702 ABC Sydney reported a University of Sydney study has found cats can safely be desexed before two months, significantly reducing the risk posed by feral cats to native species. Associate Professor Vanessa Barrs from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted.

The Land and regional newspapers reported on research from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences on the genetic traits of good working dogs. Professor Paul McGreevy was quoted.

Radio National AM, Pedestrian and Triple J interviewed Dr Christine Griebsche from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the University’s first dog blood bank.

Professor Richard Whittington from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC (South West WA, Eyre Peninsula and West Coast, Northern Tasmania) about Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome, a viral disease which has impacted the seafood industry in France.

Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC Western Queensland about current research which investigates the genetic traits of a good working dog.

The Rural quoted Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about a study on the genetics of a good working dog.

Protein on the menu for invasive myna birds Common mynas prefer protein and will fight each other to get it, according to new research from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre

AAP Newswire, Herald Sun, Adelaide Advertiser, 6PR Perth and 2MCE Orange reported researchers from the University of Sydney are investigating ways to breed high-performing farm dogs in Australia. Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted.

New Scientist (UK) reported on research by Professor David Raubenheimer from the Charles Perkins Centre into vitamin supplements that could save an endangered bird.

The Conversation published an article by Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about horse nutrition and its impact on welfare

OPINION: How to feed a racehorse and keep him healthy  

Genes good form for your Melbourne Cup tip  Genetic analysis into complex traits could improve not only performance but also health and welfare, according to new research.  

Dog whisperers to reveal how well you really know your dog  Landmark study is the first study to look at different factors that might contribute to a person’s ability to interpret dog emotions. PhD Student Elyssa Payne  

Dr Sabrina Lomax from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC New England North West about lamb tartar.

The Horse quoted Dr Gary Muscatello from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about how climate change impacts on the agriculture industry.

The Sunday Age quoted Associate Professor Kendra Kerrisk from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the increasing use of robotic milking systems on farms.

September-October-November
Publications – Quality not Quantity

Just a note to supervisors that when a postgraduate student comes to submitting a paper to a journal please emphasise that an appropriate journal with a high Impact Factor is great to try for, maybe pick 3 journals and shoot for the highest Impact Factor – you never know and it will come back to you in RIBG and help to maintain the faculties ERA of 5.

Also just a reminder that the affiliation as per University Policy is:

The University of Sydney,  Faculty of Veterinary Science

Baral, Randolph M., et al. "Assessments of feline plasma biochemistry reference intervals for three in-house analysers and a commercial laboratory analyser." Journal of feline medicine and surgery (2014): 1098612X14544346.

Berezowski, John, Ann Lindberg, and Michael Ward. "Surveillance against the odds: Addressing the challenges of animal health surveillance." Preventive veterinary medicine 120.1 (2015): 1.

Bhanugopan, M. S., et al. "Effect of dietary potassium supplementation on the calcium absorption capacity in the rumen and abomasum and fractional excretion of urinary minerals in sheep." Animal Production Science 55.4 (2015): 508-514.

Brookes, V. J., V. J. DEL RIO VILAS, and M. P. Ward. "Disease prioritization: what is the state of the art?." Epidemiology and infection (2015): 1-12.

Caspar, Georgina L., Navneet K. Dhand, and Paul D. McGreevy. "Human Preferences for Conformation Attributes and Head-And-Neck Positions in Horses." PloS one 10.6 (2015): e0131880.

Ellis, William, et al. "The Role of Bioacoustic Signals in Koala Sexual Selection: Insights from Seasonal Patterns of Associations Revealed with GPS-Proximity Units." PloS one 10.7 (2015).

Farrell, P. C., et al. "Control of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Quang Tri province, Vietnam: voices from the human–animal interface." Rural and remote health 15.3044 (2015): 15-20.

Gofton, Alexander W., et al. "Inhibition of the endosymbiont “Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii” during 16S rRNA gene profiling reveals potential pathogens in Ixodes ticks from Australia." Parasites & vectors 8.1 (2015): 1-11.

Guo, SiYu, et al. "Human-associated fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli clonal lineages, including ST354, isolated from canine feces and extraintestinal infections in Australia." Microbes and Infection 17.4 (2015): 266-274.

Hansen, Naomi, et al. "Cutaneous asthenia (Ehlers–Danlos-like syndrome) of Burmese cats." Journal of feline medicine and surgery 17.11 (2015): 954-963.

Hills, J. L., et al. "Invited review: An evaluation of the likely effects of individualized feeding of concentrate supplements to pasture-based dairy cows." Journal of dairy science 98.3 (2015): 1363-1401.

Jacobsen, Else, et al. "Focal Experimental Injury Leads to Widespread Gene Expression and Histologic Changes in Equine Flexor Tendons." PloS one 10.4 (2015).

Jelocnik, Martina, et al. "Genetic diversity in the plasticity zone and the presence of the chlamydial plasmid differentiates Chlamydia pecorum strains from pigs, sheep, cattle, and koalas." BMC genomics 16.1 (2015): 893.

LAMMERS, GAC, et al. "Synchronization of E. coli O157 shedding in a grass-fed beef herd: a longitudinal study." Epidemiology and infection (2015): 1-12.

LAMMERS, GAC, et al. "Synchronization of E. coli O157 shedding in a grass-fed beef herd: a longitudinal study." Epidemiology and infection (2015): 1-12.

Liu, S. Y., et al. "Effects of 500 and 1000FTU/kg phytase supplementation of maize-based diets with two tiers of nutrient specifications on performance of broiler chickens." Animal Feed Science and Technology 207 (2015): 159-167.

Mata, Helena, et al. "Identification and characterization of diverse groups of endogenous retroviruses in felids." Retrovirology 12.1 (2015): 26.

Mata-Campuzano, M., et al. "Motility of liquid stored ram spermatozoa is altered by dilution rate independent of seminal plasma concentration." Animal reproduction science 162 (2015): 31-36.

Mattin, M. J., et al. "Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease in Dogs Attending Primary‐care Veterinary Practices in England." Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 29.3 (2015): 847-854.

McGreevy, P. D., et al. "Valuable behavioural phenotypes in Australian farm dogs." (2015).

Millar, Joanne, et al. "Informal inter-island poultry movement in Indonesia: does it pose a risk to HPAI H5N1 transmission?." Tropical animal health and production 47.7 (2015): 1261-1269.

Miller, Emily J., et al. "Captive management and the maintenance of genetic diversity in a vulnerable marsupial, the greater bilby." Australian Mammalogy (2015).

Morin-Adeline, Victoria, et al. "Comparative RNA-seq analysis of the Tritrichomonas foetus PIG30/1 isolate from pigs reveals close association with Tritrichomonas foetus BP-4 isolate ‘bovine genotype’." Veterinary parasitology 212.3 (2015): 111-117.

Morin-Adeline, Victoria, et al. "Comparative RNA-seq analysis of the Tritrichomonas foetus PIG30/1 isolate from pigs reveals close association with Tritrichomonas foetus BP-4 isolate ‘bovine genotype’." Veterinary parasitology 212.3 (2015): 111-117.

Morin-Adeline, Victoria, et al. "Host origin determines pH tolerance of Tritrichomonas foetus isolates from the feline gastrointestinal and bovine urogenital tracts." Experimental parasitology 157 (2015): 68-77.

Mueller, Kai, et al. "High prevalence of Tritrichomonas foetus ‘bovine genotype’in faecal samples from domestic pigs at a farm where bovine trichomonosis has not been reported for over 30 years." Veterinary parasitology 212.3 (2015): 105-110.

Mueller, Kai, et al. "High prevalence of Tritrichomonas foetus ‘bovine genotype’in faecal samples from domestic pigs at a farm where bovine trichomonosis has not been reported for over 30 years." Veterinary parasitology 212.3 (2015): 105-110.

Padula, David, et al. "Australian seafood compositional profiles: A pilot study. Vitamin D and mercury content." Food Chemistry (2014).

Padula, David, et al. "Australian seafood compositional profiles: A pilot study. Vitamin D and mercury content." Food Chemistry (2014).

Palmer, David N., et al. "Recent studies of ovine neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses from BARN, the Batten Animal Research Network." Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Molecular Basis of Disease 1852.10 (2015): 2279-2286.

Phillips, Jacqueline K., et al. "Progression of anemia and its relationship with renal function, blood pressure, and erythropoietin in rats with chronic kidney disease." Veterinary Clinical Pathology 44.3 (2015): 342-354.

Pierens, S. L., and D. R. Fraser. "The origin and metabolism of vitamin D in rainbow trout." The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology 145 (2015): 58-64.

Pierens, S. L., and D. R. Fraser. "The origin and metabolism of vitamin D in rainbow trout." The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology 145 (2015): 58-64.

Randhawa, Imtiaz AS, et al. "Composite Selection Signals for Complex Traits Exemplified Through Bovine Stature Using Multi-Breed Cohorts of European and African Bos taurus." G3: Genes| Genomes| Genetics (2015): g3-115.

Samkol, Pok, et al. "Survey of smallholder beef cattle production systems in different agro-ecological zones of Cambodia." Tropical animal health and production 47.7 (2015): 1299-1306.

Senior, Alistair M., et al. "An Overlooked Consequence of Dietary Mixing: A Varied Diet Reduces Interindividual Variance in Fitness." The American Naturalist 186.5 (2015): 000-000.

Simpson, Stephen J., and David Raubenheimer. "Nutritional Physiology: Sex Elicits a Taste for Salt in Drosophila." Current Biology 25.20 (2015): R980-R982.

Šlapeta, Jan, et al. "Differences in the faecal microbiome of non-diarrhoeic clinically healthy dogs and cats associated with Giardia duodenalis infection: impact of hookworms and coccidia." International journal for parasitology (2015).

Solon-Biet, Samantha M., et al. "Macronutrients and caloric intake in health and longevity." Journal of Endocrinology (2015): JOE-15.

Stokol, Tracy, et al. "Equid Herpesvirus Type 1 Activates Platelets." (2015): e0122640.

Thompson, Kirrilly, Paul McGreevy, and Phil McManus. "A critical review of horse-related risk: A research agenda for safer mounts, riders and equestrian cultures." Animals 5.3 (2015): 561-575.

Tongkao-on, Wannit, et al. "CYP11A1 in skin: An alternative route to photoprotection by vitamin D compounds." The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology 148 (2015): 72-78.

Tripovich, Joy S., et al. "Temporal segregation of the Australian and Antarctic blue whale call types (Balaenoptera musculus spp.)." Journal of Mammalogy (2015): gyv065.

Tripovich, Joy S., et al. "Temporal segregation of the Australian and Antarctic blue whale call types (Balaenoptera musculus spp.)." Journal of Mammalogy (2015): gyv065.

Ujvari, Beata, et al. "Widespread convergence in toxin resistance by predictable molecular evolution." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112.38 (2015): 11911-11916.

Ujvari, Beata, et al. "Widespread convergence in toxin resistance by predictable molecular evolution." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112.38 (2015): 11911-11916.

Whittington, Richard J., et al. "Further observations on the influence of husbandry practices on OsHV-1 μVar mortality in Pacific oysters Crassostrea gigas: Age, cultivation structures and growing height." Aquaculture 438 (2015): 82-97.

Wiik, A. C., et al. "Progressive retinal atrophy in Shetland sheepdog is associated with a mutation in the CNGA1 gene." Animal genetics 46.5 (2015): 515-521.

Wilder, Shawn M., David Raubenheimer, and Stephen J. Simpson. "Moving beyond body condition indices as an estimate of fitness in ecological and evolutionary studies." Functional Ecology (2015).

Williams, K. J., M. P. Ward, and O. P. Dhungyel. "Longitudinal Study of Escherichia coli O157 Shedding and Super Shedding in Dairy Heifers." Journal of Food Protection® 78.4 (2015): 636-642.

Y McCarthy, Bianca, et al. "The Vitamin D Saga: Breaking Dawn." Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry-Immunology, Endocrine and Metabolic Agents) 14.3 (2014): 137-151.

Yap, Jia-Yee S., et al. "Complete Chloroplast Genome of the Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis): Structure and Evolution." PloS one 10.6 (2015): e0128126.

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Funding opportunities
Closing soon

The following are a few opportunities can be found at Research Professional.  What is Research Professional...

Research Professional is designed to assist you in your search for
research funding. It is a database of funding opportunities in all
disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in Australia and overseas. All
funding opportunities in the database are eligibility verified for
Australian researchers.

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Out and about
Vivienne Reeve
Please join me in congratulating Vivienne Reeve.

Vivienne Reeve is a recipient of an ESP Award for Excellence in Photobiological Research.  Vivienne is a MEPSA life member and a former president of the society.  I would like to extend our congratulatory wishes to Vivenne on being given this prestigious award.  It is well deserved and recognised the outstanding work she has done in the area of photobiology.

Below I quote the wording of the EPS website which describes the award.  I think you will all agree with me that this does apply to Vivienne's research.

"On the occasion of the biennial congress, the Executive Committee of the ESP awards a medal to a maximum of two distinguished scientists whose research achievements in Photobiology are internationally acknowledged as outstanding and who have given crucial contributions to ESP activities"
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Conferences, workshops......
3rd - 4th February 2016

Please join us, for an thought provoking two day symposium.  Held in the Veterinary Science Conference Centre precedent. 

The event is free, but please register via email:- vetsci.adr@sydney.edu.au for catering purposes.


Further Details will be announced shortly

Mark this date in your calendar!

19-20th February 2016
TQ2U: Australia is an international touring version of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology’s (IIQM) globally acclaimed ‘Thinking Qualitatively’ (“TQ”) workshop series.

Sydney is the first stop on a whirlwind tour of three different Australian cities in which over two days, 10 different TQ2U workshops will be facilitated by internationally-known experts in qualitative research
2016 AAVMC Annual Conference: 50 & Forward

The 2016 AAVMC Annual Conference will once again present the   ultimate forum for veterinary medical educators to share ideas, but this year   is something special: the conference will punctuate the organization's   year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The conference will take place March   2-6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. and will focus on several   key dimensions of excellence at the foundation of AAVMC programming:   leadership, research, One Health, teaching, and assessment. Join thought leaders   and colleagues for this one of a kind event in academic veterinary medicine. Learn more.


   

  





 


 

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