UGA College of Vet Med – Veterinary Neuropathology

By College of Veterinary Medicine | Marc Kent

  • $4,110.00

    Funded. Goal: $10,000.00

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The Translational Research and Medicine (TRAM), Veterinary Neuropathology fund was founded in loving memory of Tram, a wonderful English bulldog, who belonged to Dr. Staci Gruber and Patricia Cornwell. The love and devotion that they had for their beloved dog inspired the creation of a partnership between expert veterinary neurologists in practice seeking answers for their patients and the state-of-the-art research tools offered by veterinary educational institutions like UGA to provide answers. The Tram Veterinary Neuropathology fund began with a generous donation of $15,000 to delve deeper into challenging neurological disease faced by our pets. With your help, we can begin to tackle more and more of the devastating neurological conditions our beloved pets face.

About the Project

DTIAs veterinary neurologists, every day we are faced with the challenge of determining why our patient is experiencing a devastating neurological disease. It seems every day we encounter a patient with displaying a neurological dysfunction has not been reported or describe in veterinary medicine. Every day it seems an owner of a pet with a neurological problem makes an astonishing observation that brings into focus the limits of our understanding of the complexity of the nervous system. Whether from our compassionate side that wishes to cure an ailment, or our scientific side that longs for a better understanding, in the end, what we all seek is the answer to the question, What is wrong with my patient?

In collaboration with veterinary neurologist in specialty practice, veterinary neurologists at several universities, along with several veterinary neuropathologists, we are beginning to unravel some of the unknown in an effort to help patients.axl t2

Our project is firmly based in clinical veterinary neurology. Our goal is to provide veterinary neurologists with answers through microscopic evaluation of the nervous system. Specimens that are obtained at surgery or through autopsy are processed through the University of Georgia, Pathology Department’s Histology laboratory. In collaboration with Emory University, microscope slides are scanned to created a digital copy for evaluation using an open source, online virtual microscope. This enables unfettered access for simultaneous viewing by our collaborators. As that age old proverbs says, “Two heads are better than one”- John Heywood. Here now we are able to put an infinite number of heads together to solve neurological disorders. As we accrue cases, our ultimate goal is to create an free, online archive of microscopic specimens that with not only help the patients in our clinics today but help provide for a valuable resource to train the veterinary neurologist in the future. Funding of $10,000 will support the processing of specimens and slide scanning, as well as web development and storage space.


Why It Matters

Marc Kent DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine & Neurology) Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery Small Animal Inpatient Chief

Marc Kent DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine & Neurology)
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Small Animal Inpatient Chief

In the last 20 years, the technological advances that have been made in veterinary medicine have been amazing.  One can literally walk into a modern veterinary specialty practice and have an MRI done of their pet within hours of arrival.  With MRI, today’s veterinary neurologist is provide with an unprecedented glimpse of the nervous system.  This provides not only for rapid diagnosis  but has enabled veterinary neurologists to push the boundaries of today’s medicine. Despite this, we have much to learn.  This project matters because the first steps into building knowledge is often based on an understanding of the pathological consequences.  This project seeks to bridge the gap between what we see on an MRI and the microscopic changes that will allow us to gain a better understanding of diseases, develop better treatments, and ultimately help future patients.



Gordon Thomas | College of Veterinary Medicine Development Officer | 706.542.6807





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