Our foundational research leads to impactful discoveries that are applicable to human, animal and environmental health. Researchers study organisms at the molecular, cellular, organ and whole body level under normal and diseased states that deliver knowledge to identify novel diagnostic methods, cures and preventive strategies.
Comparative medicine utilizes animal models to study naturally occurring diseases that affect both animals and humans. Researchers in basic medical sciences, pathobiology, and veterinary clinical sciences come together to achieve the goal of one health.
Our translational research converts the wealth of knowledge coming for multiple disciplines like biology, pharmacy, and engineering into real life answers like medicines, vaccines, improved diagnostic tools, and policies that directly benefit animals, environment and us.
While cancer and antimicrobial resistance pose health threats to people and animals, global issues like population expansion, urban sprawl, and climate change play a key role in the emergence and spread of zoonotic (that are shared between animals and people) and vector borne (spread by insects) diseases.
Because the health of human beings is interdependent on the health of animals and the ecosystem, an integrated approach that considers not just human but also animal and environmental health is the best, and sometimes only solution to solve complex health problems on this planet. One health is a collaborative effort of people from multiple disciplines working at local, national, and global scale to achieve optimal and sustainable health for humans, animals and the ecosystem.
Research in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine embraces this concept in all its endeavors from developing better medicines and vaccines for infectious diseases, fighting cancer, and improving health outcomes in musculoskeletal and neurologic diseases, to promoting animal welfare and mental health through the human-animal bond.