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Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine (FIVM) Seminar Series

Submitted by avnguye on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:01pm

Dr. Mark Hurtig

On Friday, October 21, Dr. Mark Hurtig will discuss studies that exemplify the risks and opportunities for veterinarians developing a career in Translational Medicine

New therapies for joint disease are presently driven by needs in both human and veterinary medicine, but funds for research and development are often predicated on reaching the high profit human market. As veterinarians, our broad training in medicine makes us ideal partners to the Research and Development Community but are we prepared to protect our own interests and integrity in this fast paced, high stakes game?

Dr. Hurtig, DVM, DACVS, is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College and Director of the Canadian Arthritis Network Preclinical Resource Laboratory. On Friday, October 21, he will present two case studies that exemplify the risks and opportunities for veterinarians developing a career in Translational Medicine.

Cargel, a thermogelling polymer for cartilage repair, was a great success for Montreal-based researchers allied with Biosyntech Canada Ltd. until financial woes during pivotal human clinical trials drove the company into receivership. Though Cargel was approved and is presently sold for arthroscopic repair of chondral defects by Smith & Nephew, a series of legal events and business transactions resulted in foreign ownership of the intellectual property and the researchers losing their stake. Even the best trained scientists often lack the business skills to protect their own interests and, so collaboration with a trustworthy business and/or legal group is crucial when developing new intellectual property.

The second case study Dr. Hurtig will discuss will be sustained release formulations of drugs that offer tremendous hope for infectious and chronic diseases.  This study describes the potential for sustained release formulations to solve drug delivery challenges in veterinary and human medicine.

Dr. Hurtig is the director of a Strategic Research Resource Laboratory at the University of Guelph in Canada originally funded by the Canadian Arthritis Network that focuses on animal models and translational studies to facilitate regulatory approval of new therapies for clinical use. His background in large animal surgery and equine musculoskeletal injury has led to industrial and academic collaborations on osteoarthritis mechanisms, disease modifying therapies, and cartilage repair strategies. 

Dr. Hurtig was the primary investigator for two human knee injury research studies centred in Toronto that study factors driving knee OA progression after injury and patient-specific optimization of arthroscopic microfracture—a technique used for cartilage repair.  His work includes collaborations in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine including cell-based therapies, computer-assisted surgery, intra-articular delivery of drug and biologics as well as imaging. 



FIVM Seminar Series Schedule 2016-2018

August 2016 BREAK
September 23, 2016 Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine
October 21, 2016 Clinical and Translational Research
November 18, 2016 Infection Biology
December 2016 BREAK
January 13, 2017 Pain and Animal Welfare
February 17, 2017 Cattle Health
March 17, 2017 Wildlife Health Ecology
April 21, 2017 Veterinary Education Research and Scholarship
May 19, 2017 Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine
June 2017 BREAK
July 2017 BREAK
August 2017 BREAK
September 15, 2017 Clinical and Translational Research
October 20, 2017 Infection Biology
November 17, 2017 Pain and Animal Welfare
December 2017 BREAK
January 19, 2018 Cattle Health
February 16, 2018 Wildlife Health Ecology
March 16, 2018 Veterinary Education Research and Scholarship
April 20, 2018 Reproductive and Regenerative Medicine
May 18, 2018 Clinical and Translational Research
June 2018 BREAK
July 2018 BREAK
August 2018 BREAK

Cattle Health

Wildlife Health Ecology

Infection Biology

Pain and Animal Welfare

Clinical and Translational Research

Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine

Veterinary Education