There is good news for animals suffering from orthopedic injuries, osteoarthritis and other diseases of the joints thanks to an extraordinary donation from billionaires John and Leslie Malone. The couple donated $42.5 million to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
The donation, which is the largest cash gift in the university’s history, will launch the CSU Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies. In plain English that means their donation will go toward finding new treatments that will involve: gene therapy, stem cell therapy, tissue replacement and the use of novel proteins.
The goal is to combine these therapies to develop longer-lasting and regenerative treatments for animals with orthopedic diseases and people suffering from them as well.
Horses will be the first animals to be included in any of the future clinical trials in honor of the Malone’s enthusiasm for dressage and racehorses.
Additional clinical trials will be conducted so the treatments ultimately benefit both animals and people. Here is an Infographic from Colorado State University that shows how translational medicine works to help humans and animals.
Photo: Courtesy BLM
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