Thursday, April 05, 2012

AU researcher gets $400K grant for spay/neuter vaccine

AU researcher gets $400K grant for spay/neuter vaccine

By: OANow Staff
Opelika-Auburn News
Published: April 04, 2012 Updated: April 04, 2012 - 10:17 PM

Tatiana Samoylova, an associate research professor at the Scott-Ritchey Research Center at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, has received a two-year, $412,106 Michelson Grant from the Found Animals Foundation to continue her research to develop an alternative to surgical spaying and neutering of cats and dogs.

“To control the overpopulation of unowned animals, my laboratory, in collaboration with Drs. Nancy Cox, Valery Petrenko, Bettina Schemera, Frank Bartol and Mark Carpenter, is developing immunocontraceptive vaccines that are based on phage-GnRH constructs via phage display technology,” Samoylova said. “Such vaccines are designed to be used primarily by animal shelters as cost-effective alternatives to surgical neutering.”

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