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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine safeguards the health and wellbeing of animals and people. It is the only institution of higher education in Finland to educate veterinary surgeons. The Faculty’s operations are located at the Viikki Campus and Saari in Mäntsälä.
University of Helsinki Food Safety Delegation visits Universities and CFSA in China
Professor of Food Hygiene Dr. Hannu Korkeala and University Lecturer in Environmental Health and Food Safety Control Dr. Mari Nevas from the Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health were members of a Food Safety delegation from the University of Helsinki that visited veterinary and food science departments at Zhejiang University, Northwest A&F University, and China Agricultural University in January.
The same genetic defect causes Pompe disease in both humans and dogs
Pompe disease, a severe glycogen storage disease appearing in Lapphunds is caused by a genetic defect in acid α-glucosidase gene. The same genetic mutation also causes the equivalent disease in humans. Based on this finding, canine Pompe disease can now be diagnosed with a genetic test. This research was completed at the Canine Genetics Research Group lead by professor Hannes Lohi in the University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Research Center in Finland and will be published in PlosONE on February 14, 2013.
The international evaluation panel recommends the possibilty of tracking in the veterinary studies
The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications visited the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 10-11 December 2012. The visit was part of a study financed by the government of Hong Kong where several veterinary training programmes were compared all over the world. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was selected as one of the four European veterinary faculties to be included in the study.
Canine tail chasing resembles human obsessive compulsive disorders
The genetics research groupled by Professor Hannes Lohi, has in collaboration with an international group of researchers investigated the characteristics and environmental factors associated with compulsive tail chasing in dogs. The study shows that dogs offer an excellent animal model for studying the genetic background and environmental factors associated with human obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD). The study has been published in the journal PLoS ONE on July 27, 2012.