News : 2013 : May

New Study on Atherosclerosis in Quaker Parrots

The Avian & Wildlife Laboratory was pleased to collaborate with Dr. Hugues Beaufrere and his colleagues at Lousiana State University as well as Dr. Susan Clubb on a study recently published in Veterinary Pathology. Entitled, “Experimental Diet-Induced Atherosclerosis in Quaker Parrots (Myiopsitta monachus), Dr. Beaufrere studied the effects of an atherogenic diet composed on 1% cholesterol for 2 to 8 months. Significant atherosclerotic lesions were observed as early as 2 months. Plasma cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein were observed to increase over time. This dyslipdemia developed quickly and plateaued at 3-4 months. The complete study can be viewed in the journal’s OnlineFirst section.

We also congratule Dr. Beaufrere on his selection as recipient of the 2013 Donald W. Zantop Emerging Leader Award!