Adams Receives Equine Research Grant

Adams Receives Equine Research Grant

Amanda Adams, PhD

Amanda Adams, PhD, an assistant professor of equine immunology at the University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center, received funding for research focused on characterizing the geriatric horse's immune system by identifying mechanisms responsible for immunosenescence (gradual deterioration of the immune system due to natural age advancement), "inflammaging," and altered immune responses to vaccination. Buckeye Nutrition and Waltham funded the project.

“My goal is to improve the health and well-being of the aged horse by identifying interventions that have the potential to improve the function and redox state of the immune system,” Adams said.

Adams received her PhD in equine immunology at UK, where she has been employed since 2004. She received a bachelor’s degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. Adams is a member of the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Grant recipients have the opportunity to work with Patricia Harris, PhD, director of science for the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, or Amber Moffett, MS, PAS, research and development manager for Mars Horsecare U.S. Inc., as external advisors.

“We have chosen to support research that aligns with our goals of producing quality equine feed to keep horses healthy and happy,” Moffett said. “Dr. Adams’ research will move senior horse care forward into the future.”

To apply for future Waltham-Buckeye Equine Research Grants, visit or for more information.

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