The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s board of directors announced Feb. 27 that the foundation will fund a slate of 19 research projects worth $1,003,580 in 2014. The list includes 11 new projects and five that are in their second year, as well as three Storm Cat Career Development Awards.

The 2014 allocation brings the foundation’s total impact since 1983 to $20.9 million in funding for 310 projects at 41 universities.

“The overwhelming generosity of members, donors, and those who support our fundraising events has enabled us to allot $1 million in research this year that will once again benefit horses of all breeds and disciplines,” said chairman Dell Hancock. “Providing funding of more than $20 million for 310 research projects in a 30-year period certainly confirms the deep commitment of our board and supporters to equine health.”

Projects being funded in 2014 (including those in their second years) include:

  • Weight Bearing, Perfusion, and Bioenergetics in Laminitis—Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM
  • Events Affecting Laminar Adhesion in Equine Sepsis—James Belknap, PhD, Dipl. ACVS,
  • R. equi Pneumonia: Can a Novel Vaccine Protect Foals?—Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
  • Anhidrosis in Foals Treated with Macrolides—Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
  • Characterization of Intra-Articular Isofulpredone—Heather Knych, DVM, PhD
  • Optimization of Racetrack Surface Properties—Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS
  • Contrast-Enhanced CT for Detection of Cartilage Injury—Chris Kawcak, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR
  • Platelet Inhibitors Potential Antithrombotics for EHV-1—Tracy Stokol, BVSc, PhD
  • Assessment of a Rhodococcus equi vaccine in Foals—Jose Vazquez–Boland, DVM, PhD
  • Etiology of IAD and Performance in Racehorses—Laurent Couetil, DVM, PhD
  • Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Evaluation of Omeprazole—Paul Mills, BVSc (Hons), PhD, MACVSc, GCEd, MPhil
  • Evaluation of a Rapid Test for Salmonella—Paul Morley, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM 
  • Development of Alternative Models to Study EHM—Gisela Soboll Hussey, DVM, MS, PhD 
  • Acoustoelastography to Monitor Injured Equine Tendon—Sabrina Brounts, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS 
  • Molecular Determinants of EHV-1 Fusion and Spread—Arthur Frampton, PhD 
  • Serum Biomarkers for Equine Laminitis—Hannah Galantino-Homer, VMD, PhD

A summary of each project is available online.

The 2014 total includes funding for three Storm Cat Career Development Awards, which are stipends of $15,000 each to young scientists.

“The tightening of university budgets today is a cause of concern when it comes to recruiting the next generation of equine researchers,” said Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation President Edward L. Bowen. “Through these development awards, our foundation is assisting young candidates to encourage their interest in this field.”

This year's Storm Cat Career Development awards were presented to:

  • Bradley B. Nelson, DVM, MS, of Colorado State University, who will study "Contrast CT for Cartilage Injury in Impact OA Model."
  • Heidi Reesink, VMD, of Cornell University, who will study "Lubricin as a biotherapeutic for equine joint disease."
  • Katarzyna Dembek, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University, who will study "Adrenal Steroids and Neurosteroids in Sick Newborn Foals."

Funding decisions for research grants are made by the board after input from a 32-person Research Advisory Committee, which is composed of researchers and veterinarians representing various specialties. Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation received 59 proposals for research for the 2014 funding cycle.

The foundation also announced today that its board approved the appointment of Steve Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, a prominent veterinarian affiliated with Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., to succeed Paul Lunn, BVSc, MS, PhD MRCVS, Dip. ACVIM, as chairman of the Research Advisory Committee.

Lunn served in that role for five years, but stepped down due to ongoing commitments in his position as the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. Reed conducted notable research at The Ohio State University before joining Rood & Riddle.

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