The Prion Research Center is a leader in the study of prions, the causative agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, which remains one of the most exciting and dynamic frontiers of biology. Built on established expertise, the center was founded in 2011 to further pioneer prion research and training at Colorado State University,
Our researchers investigate the biochemistry, genetics and pathogenesis of prions in mammals, as well as genetically tractable yeast systems. Growing evidence also links the prion mechanism to proteins involved in the pathogenesis of other common neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and forms an emerging area of the center’s studies.
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In Memory: Dr. Edward A. Hoover
Edward “Ed” A. Hoover passed away peacefully on March 1, with family at his side. Ed was named one of twelve University Distinguished Professors at Colorado State University in 2004, elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014, National Academy of Inventors in 2017, and received numerous other awards. Ed considered his most treasured accomplishment to be mentoring 27 graduate students, mostly DVM-PhDs, whose inquisitiveness and creativity he nurtured.
JAVMA News: Finding the spreaders of chronic wasting disease
“We’re testing them all for CWD, monitoring their movement, their reproduction, their survival—the whole shebang,” Dr. Ballard said. “And then … samples will be submitted to Colorado State University for additional diagnostics.”
The Long Fight: Researchers tackle neurodegenerative diseases across species
Boettcher Investigator Julie Moreno and Dr. Stephanie McGrath conduct translational research in dogs with the goal of developing diagnostics and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases in humans.
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