Danielle Dugat, DVM, MS, DACVS, is an associate professor of small animal surgery and the Cohn Family Chair for Small Animal Care at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
“INTERACT is a big part of my work,” Dugat said. “My goal is to develop research and be involved in research that is going to ultimately advance the care of my patients. This group will allow for continued collaboration and development of research ideas in a more effective way.
“Expertise from the veterinary college or other colleges can impact my research. We can utilize the brain power and knowledge that we all individually have to develop ideas and make our research ideas come to fruition clinically. For example, individuals from main campus in certain departments, microbiology or engineering, along with the veterinary college can work together to develop research studies that can then be clinically applied to my patients.
“My short-term goals are to continue working with researchers to expand our programs. Specifically, with HIFU, the high frequency ultrasound program, we have been able to treat quite a few cancer patients. Our goal is to continue that treatment and expand to other tumor types and expand the numbers we have already collected so we can gather more data and provide more research solutions.
“INTERACT is a great platform to allow for innovation through collaboration. What I mean by that is taking thoughts, ideas, developmental steps and bringing them together. When you bring everyone together in one room, you can develop a plan that is so far beyond what your initial idea might have been. We can come up with solutions to problems that may otherwise have not yet existed or not come to the forefront of veterinary medicine. Obtaining funding is much easier and it’s quicker when you have multiple individuals working together. There’s no better way to advance veterinary medicine than through collaboration where the focus is to bring others together to develop a solution for the betterment of the patient and the betterment of veterinary medicine. For that matter, human medicine as solutions can translate to human diseases as well.”
The Institute for Translational and Emerging Research in Advanced Comparative Therapy (INTERACT) aims to fulfill One Health research by conducting parallel investigations in both humans and animals. INTERACT promotes interdisciplinary research within the veterinary college, across the OSU campus and throughout the state and nation by developing and translating discoveries into therapies for patients. INTERACT has faculty participants from almost all OSU colleges, industry experts, foundation partners, and personnel from other academic institutions around the country. For more information, visit INTERACT or contact email@example.com.
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