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VitDAL presented research at Scottish Vet Fair

Professor Richard Mellanby from the VitDAL was presenting research from the lab to veterinarians at the Scottish Vet Fair this weekend. The event was held at the picturesque Mar Lodge, Braemar in Royal Deeside. The event was a great opportunity to meet some of the veterinarians who use the lab’s services as well as updating […]

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VitDAL invited to present research update at ESVE

Prof Richard Mellanby from VitDAL was in Bologna this week at the European Society for Veterinary Endocrinology summer school. He presented at update on the lab’s recent research activities ranging from identification of novel vitamin D disorders in patients through to mechanistic mouse studies. The summer school is an excellent opportunity for veterinary endocrinologists to […]

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VitDAL invited to present data at ACVIM in Seattle

Professor Richard Mellanby was invited to present the recent research findings from the VitDAL at the ACVIM conference this week which is one of the largest veterinary conferences in the world. Prof Mellanby presented an overview of recent work which ranged from case studies describing how measuring vitamin D metabolites guided management of individual cases through to our murine experimental […]

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VitDAL invited to present latest research at Vitamin D Workshop

Professor Richard Mellanby from VitDAL was invited to deliver two oral presentations at the 21st Workshop on Vitamin D which was held in Barcelona this week. He presented some recent work from the VitDAL including our studies on how vitamin D modulates the function and phenotype of dendritic cells together with some of our recent analysis on the relationship […]

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VitDAL publish latest research on canine Vitamin D Receptor

The VitDAL have published their latest paper this week describing vitamin D receptor expression in dogs. Using immunohistochemistry we demonstrated that vitamin D receptor expression was highest in the kidney, duodenum, skin, ileum and spleen. The cells stained brown in the histology image on the left shows vitamin D receptor expression in the duodenum, the tissue which most […]

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VitDAL publish new paper on effects of vitamin D on bovine dendritic cells

The VitDAL lab, in collaboration with colleagues at the Moredun Research Institute, has published a paper this week describing the effects of the active vitamin D metabolite 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D on bovine dendritic cells. We showed that dendritic cells generated in the presence 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin have a profoundly different phenotype than wildtype controls. The 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin […]

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VitDAL discuss research in public lecture

Professor Richard Mellanby and Dr Iris Mair from VitDAL delivered a lecture this week in the ‘Let’s talk about health’ public lecture series held at the University of Edinburgh. They were able to discuss how their clinical work in veterinary patients stimulate the lab’s long term interest in understanding more about how vitamin D can […]

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VitDAL at Roslin Open Day

The VitDAL presented their work at the Roslin Open Day last week. VtDAL postdoc Dr Emma Hurst developed a novel public engagement activity which introduced the concept and principles of mass spectrometry to primary school children. The initiative was a great success and was clearly enjoyed by several hundred children throughout the day.

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VitDAL presenting at China-UK Summit meeting in Beijing

Professor Richard Mellanby was presenting recent data from the VitDAL at the China-UK Life Science and Medicine Summit which was held last week in Beijing. The meeting was organised by the Wellcome Trust and senior scientific organisations in China including the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and brought together over 100 UK and Chinese scientists working in […]

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VitDAL MSc student wins European Society of Comparative Gastroenterology award

Many congratulations to Dr Jenny Cartwright who was awarded the European Society of Comparative Gastroenterology Purina GI Health Award for best oral abstract at last week’s European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Congress. Jenny recently completed her MSc in the VitDAL where she established which canine tissues expressed the vitamin D receptor and investigated the […]

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