ACVIM to Honor Heroes in Medicine

June 2, 2011

DENVER, Colo. " Achievements in veterinary medicine will be celebrated at the 2011 ACVIM Forum in Denver, Colo., June 15 – 18, 2011.

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s (ACVIM) Innovators campaign gives recognition to ACVIM Heroes in Medicine, whose research affects the future of both animal and human health.

The 2011 ACVIM Heroes in Medicine are:

  • Natasha Olby, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology) – Collaborative work with an international research team led to the discovery of the gene responsible for NCL, a fatal brain disease in American Staffordshire terriers similar to Kufs’ disease in humans
  • George Lees, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) Research into hereditary nephropathy in dogs helps humans with Alport syndrome
  • Peter Dickinson, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)Developing novel therapies and techniques to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly into brain tumors

To learn more about ACVIM Heroes in Medicine and to see the complete profiles of the 2011 honorees, please visit

The ACVIM is the national certifying organization for veterinary specialists in Cardiology, Large Animal Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, and Small Animal Internal Medicine. The ACVIM hosts an annual continuing education meeting (ACVIM Forum) where cutting-edge information, technology, and research abstracts are showcased for the veterinary community. For more information, including an online program, please visit

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The mission of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)is to enhance animal and human health by advancing veterinary internal medicine through training, education, and discovery.


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