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VitDAL postdoc visits St Kilda Soay Sheep Project

VitDAL postdoc Dr Iris Mair has just returned from visiting St Kilda where she was working with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and other academic centres on the long running St Kilda Soay Sheep project. The wild, unmanaged Soay sheep have been closely studied for over 30 years and have provided remarkable insights into […]

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VitDAL research presented at Scottish BSAVA

Richard Mellanby was presenting data from the VitDAL at the Scottish BSAVA Conference this week. He gave an overview of recent VitDAL studies on vitamin D homeostasis disorders in companion animals before talking about the lab’s ongoing research exploring the immune-modulatory properties of vitamin D. Richard was also able to highlight the progress made in […]

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VitDAL work presented at World Congress of Inflammation

VitDAL postdoc Dr Iris Mair was presenting the lab’s latest research findings at the World Congress of Inflammation in London this week. Iris was invited to present her abstract as an oral presentation where she discussed some of the lab’s recent findings of how 1,25(OH)2D3 alters negative co-stimulatory molecules on dendritic cells. Iris gave an overview […]

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New paper from VitDAL

The VitDAL published a case report this week on an unusual case of hypophosphataemia in a  7 year od Greyhound which presented with muscle fasciculations. The case was very skilfully managed by a John Stewart in his practice in Cupar with input from the VitDAL team. Severe hypophosphataemia is a very unusual finding and this case […]

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VitDAL postdoc Iris Mair wins public engagement award

Many congratulations to VitDAL postdoc Iris Mair for her recent public engagement award at the Centre of Inflammation Research away day. Iris was awarded the trainee prize for public engagement 2015-2017 and is shown in photo receiving prize from Dr Donald Davidson who leads the public engagement programme at the Centre of Inflammation. The award is a […]

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VitDAL presenting data at ISVC

Dr Richard Mellanby was representing the VitDAL at the 9th International Sheep Veterinary Congress (ISVC) which was held this week at Harrogate. He was presenting data from the Soay sheep project which has shown that higher vitamin D status is linked to greater fecundity in this wild, unmanaged population. The data has stimulated a collaborative research programme with commercial sheep farmers […]

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Well done to Nadine, VitDAL MSc student

This week the VitDAL said goodbye to Nadine Kamenjarin, an MSc student from Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, who spent 3 months in the lab working with Iris on a project which aims to define the functional relevancy of altered cytokine production in vitamin D conditioned dendritic cells. Nadine has done a great job and has advanced an […]

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VitDAL MSc student wins poster prize

Many congratulations to VitDAL MSc student Jenny Cartwright who won the clinical scholars poster prize at R(D)SVS Research Day. Her work details her MSc studies on vitamin D receptor expression in dogs which explored the relationship between vitamin D receptor expression and inflammation in the duodenum of dogs with a chronic enteropathy. Well done Jenny!! […]

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Poster Prize awarded to VitDAL at 2017 Vitamin D Workshop Conference

Research undertaken by the VitDAL was awarded a prestigious poster prize at the Annual Vitamin D workshop held in Orlando. This conference is the largest annual gathering of researchers engaged in vitamin D research. Dr Mellanby presented the VitDAL latest research on the relationship between vitamin D status and reproductive outcomes in Soay sheep from St […]

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Dr Richard Mellanby awarded FRCVS

Dr Richard Mellanby was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to knowledge at the inaugural FRCVS day at the Royal Institution in London. Richard’s fellowship award was in large part due to his research on the biology of vitamin D in veterinary patients.

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