Boehringer Ingelheim Calls for Proposals on Pigeon Fever

Public and private researchers studying pigeon fever (Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis) are invited to submit proposals for the 2012 Equine Research Awards sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc (BIVI).

Proposals must address one or more specific criteria to be considered:

  • Pathophysiology of C. pseudotuberculosis and development of an equine challenge model;
  • Virulence factors and strain differences among isolates of C. pseudotuberculosis isolated from internal and external infections and different geographic locations;
  • Increased incidence and spread to different geographic locations and association with climate change;
  • Comparison of host immunity between infections resulting in internal infection and recurrent infection in recovered horses; or
  • Seasonality of infection with C. pseudotuberculosis and studies of insect vectors.

Veterinarians, diagnosticians, and public and private researchers in the United States and Canada are eligible to submit proposals for research programs that help advance the diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of pigeon fever. BIVI will provide three individual $25,000 awards to fund the selected research proposals.

Proposals must be submitted by September 1, 2012, and will be reviewed by an independent equine research review board comprising industry professionals, including practicing equine veterinarians and researchers. Awards will be selected based on established criteria, including potential impact on the equine industry; originality and scientific quality; and probability of success in completing the yearlong studies. The awards will be announced during the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in Anaheim, Calif.

The BIVI Equine Research Awards were launched in 2011 to support veterinary research that results in practical applications or insights into important equine diseases and that improves the quality of life for all horses. Each year's awards focus on one specific equine disease area. Equine rhinitis virus was the topic for the inaugural awards.

To participate in the research award program, submit a proposal, cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and two letters of recommendation by September 1, 2012, to:

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Attn: Dr. Steve Grubbs
"2012 Equine Research Awards"
5506 Corporate Dr., Suite 1600
St. Joseph, MO 64507-7752 USA

For more information and complete submission instructions, please visit us at

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