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VitDAL presents at the Scottish Biomedical Postdoctoral Researcher Conference

Last week, Dr Emma Hurst, lead postdoctoral scientist in the VitDAL visited Glasgow to present at the 5th Scottish Biomedical Postdoctoral Researcher Conference (SBPRC). SBPRC is a unique networking platform for postdocs belonging to diverse areas of biomedical sciences from institutions across Scotland, and aims to provide focused presentations to meet the needs of postdoctoral researchers […]

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VitDAL present research at ACVIM Forum

Professor Mellanby visited Phoenix this week to present some of the latest research from the VitDAL at the ACVIM Forum. He presented some recent data from VitDAL alongside Dr Jaffey from Midwestern University in a talk entitled ‘Vitamin D : a new role in infectious disease’. They reviewed data demonstrating that vitamin D homeostasis is […]

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VitDAL awarded DEQAS accreditation

We are delighted to announce that the VitDAL has been awarded DEQAS accreditation this week. This demonstrates that the lab offers a 25(OH)D assay which has a high degree of accuracy and performs within the Vitamin D External Quality Assessment Scheme (DEQAS) performance targets. The DEQAS send VitDAL samples every 3 months in which we measure 25(OH)D concentrations blindly […]

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VitDAL publishes new paper

VitDAL published a case report this week which describes how the lab helped diagnose a case of profound hypovitaminosis D in Cocker Spaniel who presented to the Hospital for Small Animals with a history of a seizure. After further tests, we diagnosed a severe intestinal disorder called a protein losing enteropathy (PLE) following endoscopic examination and […]

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VitDAL publishes new paper

VitDAL have published their latest paper today on vitamin D status in dogs with babaesia in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Babesiosis is a very important disease in dogs in South Africa and many other countries and is an important cause of anaemia. We have shown that vitamin D status […]

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VitDAL publishes new paper

VitDAL has published its latest research on the immune-modulating properties of vitamin D. We have explored the effects of the active vitamin D metabolite 1,25(OH)2D3 on bone marrow derived dendritic cells (BMDC) and discovered that CD31 was one of a small number of genes which were over-expressed on both activated and non-activated 1,25(OH)2D3 conditioned BMDC. Using lentivirus […]

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VitDAL publishes new paper

The VitDAL published their latest study on vitamin D and health outcomes this week. The work was a collaborative study between R(D)SVS, Roslin Institute and SRUC and explored the relationship between serum 25(OH)D concentrations in late autumn and subsequent breeding outcomes the following year in three flocks of sheep. The sheep were not receiving any supplementary food at the time of sampling which […]

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VitDAL research presented at Mellanby Centre, Sheffield

Professor Mellanby was an invited speaker at the Mellanby Centre, University of Sheffield last week. The Mellanby centre was named in honour of Sir Edward Mellanby who was a leading researcher in vitamin D and bone biology based in Sheffield. The annual symposium provided an excellent forum for dissemination of recent research findings and celebrate […]

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VitDAL work presented in Inaugural Lecture

Professor Richard Mellanby from VitDAL had the great honour of presenting his inaugural lecture recently at the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. This was a wonderful opportunity to present the story of the lab’s work to date ranging from the first clinical cases of hypervitaminosis D that stimulated research in this […]

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VitDAL present talk at Biggar Science Festival

Professor Richard Mellanby from the VitDAL gave a presentation on the health benefits of vitamin D at the Biggar Science Festival this week. The Biggar Science Festival is a fantastic 10 day celebration of science past, present and future and offers a great range of science engagement activities for all ages – further details can […]

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