CORE Activity Blog

OMAFRA Small Ruminant Research Forum 2018 - Alyssa MacFadyen

Posted May 23, 2018

I was one of the privileged attendees of the Small Ruminant Research Forum on May 14th. Over the course of the day, several researchers covered a widespread of topics in genetics, health and welfare, and nutrition.

The morning section of the forum was dedicated to genetics. Dr Luiz Brito spoke about the potential to propagate a healthier herd of goats with the use of genetic markers. Through selection and over time, these animals would be more resistant to parasites and illness, thus avoiding antibiotic use and ultimately antibiotic resistance.

11th Annual Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare Research Symposium - Meaghan Appleton

Posted May 23, 2018

I was able to attend the 11th Annual Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare Research Symposium thanks to the CORE program. It was a phenomenal opportunity, providing exposure to current research in the University of Guelph/OVC community.  Numerous students as well as faculty members shared their projects and relevant findings through either an oral or poster presentation. The student speakers were generally organized based on the animal species studied, starting with poultry; turkey and chicken, then mice, dogs, mink and lastly cattle.

OIRM Stem cell and regenerative medicine symposium - Victoria Duggan

Posted May 23, 2018

I attended the OIRM Stem cell and regenerative medicine symposium. I chose this event as it relates to my work in Dr Thomas Koch’s lab. The event consisted of many talks on a variety of topics. It was a very good experience as I was able to gain an appreciation of some of the research involved in human medicine. One of the talks that stood out to me was on “The on /off Control of Tolerance Toward Allograft Transplants. The goal of the study was to engineer pluripotent cells to cross the MHC barrier.

OMAFRA 2018 Small Ruminant Research Forum - Peyton Tam

Posted May 22, 2018

This year I was granted the opportunity to attend the OMAFRA Small Ruminant Research Forum.  It was a day for researchers who are involved with the small ruminant industry to share their current projects and collaborate with others.  Talks ranged from reducing kid mortality by Dr. Cathy Bauman to expanding the niche market of wool by Dr. Nicole Klenk.  Due to the various topics presented, I learned useful information about all aspects of the industry.  With this I will be able to incorporate it into my research and studies.

OMAFRA Small Ruminant Research Forum - Cassia Michel

Posted May 22, 2018

On May 14th I had the opportunity to attend the OMAFRA 2018 Small Ruminant Research Forum. It was a great day that introduced many different areas of current research in the small ruminant sector, with topics ranging from genetics to health and nutrition. Graduate students also provided short presentations about their area of research relating to their posters and the keynote address discussed the potential for growth through marketing of sheep wool in Ontario.

OIRM Stem Cell Conference - Kiana Hylton

Posted May 22, 2018

As part of the summer CORE program I had the privilege of attending the annual Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) conference. OIRM is a not-for-profit organization that aims to support and advance the field of stem cell-based therapy by establishing valuable partnerships across the province. Currently, the OIRM has over 250 collaborators involved in various projects that aim to utilize stem cells as a means to treat debilitating conditions including, liver disease, osteoporosis, myocardial infarction, diabetes and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Small Ruminant Research Conference - Alessandra Chek-Harder

Posted May 22, 2018

The Small Ruminant Research Conference (SRRC) featured speakers from the OAC, OMAFRA, and professors from both the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. During lunch there was also the opportunity for graduate students to present posters on their research. Below are summarized a few of my favourite presentations of the day.

Small Ruminant Research Forum - Alison Jeffrey

Posted May 17, 2018

Small Ruminant Research Forum

Alison Jeffery

Throughout the day, we heard various speakers ranging from a University of Toronto professor talking about the niche market of wool, Animal Health Lab veterinarians, and several vets and students talking about their studies and work. What stood out to me at the Small Ruminant Research Forum was the opening presentation, by the dean of the OAC, Dr. Rene Van Acker.

ORIM Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium - Emmy Luo

Posted May 17, 2018

As a participant in the CORE program, I had the privilege of attending the OIRM Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium in the heart of Toronto. The conference was primarily comprised of medical researchers working to develop human treatments, rather than those targeted at animals; this difference had been what prompted my interest in attending. With a summer filled with interesting animal-centered conferences, I also greatly enjoyed being exposed to human research. 
 

ORIM Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium - Nicole Leblanc

Posted May 17, 2018

As part of the OVC CORE summer program, I had the opportunity to attend the ORIM Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium Held on May 9th. I was particularly interested in this opportunity as I am working on a project based on stem cells and am interested in seeing what other research is occurring out there. The day was packed with 19 different speakers, some of which really caught my attention.