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Fellow Receives Lab Animal Medicine Award

By Omari J. Bandele
January 2010

NIEHS Postdoctoral Fellow Coralie Zegre-Cannon, D.V.M.
Award-winning Postdoctoral Fellow Coralie Zegre-Cannon (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS Postdoctoral Fellow Coralie Zegre-Cannon, D.V.M., recently received first-place honors at the 60th annual American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) National Meeting held Nov. 8-12 in Denver. Zegre-Cannon received the award for her poster presentation, "Evaluation of Route of Administration and Dosage of Tramadol as an Analgesic in the Rat."

The AALAS( Exit NIEHS is the premier forum for the exchange of information and expertise in the care and use of laboratory animals. The AALAS National Meeting is the largest gathering of laboratory animal professionals in the world.

Zegre-Cannon works in the NTP Laboratory Animal Management (LAM) Group led by Angela King-Herbert, D.V.M. Her work involves the study of pain management in laboratory animal medicine. Zegre-Cannon identified the optimum dosage and route of administration of tramadol - an analgesic used in human and veterinary medicine - that produces the most effective analgesia in rats. These studies have led to additional evaluation of tramadol in a rat surgical model.

"The first place award was a big surprise for all of us but very welcome," stated King-Herbert.

In the spring of 2010, Zegre-Cannon will present her work at the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)( Exit NIEHS Forum. She also plans to submit a manuscript of her findings to the Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (JAALAS)( Exit NIEHS.

(Omari J. Bandele, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the NIEHS Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Environmental Genomics Group.)

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