The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved funding of 12 new projects plus an unprecedented three Storm Cat Development Awards.

The 12 new regular projects are in addition to five projects that are now in their second year. The 17 research projects are being unwritten by the foundation in 2013 for a total of $874,024. This latest research projects brings the foundation total since 1983 to $19,953,183. The money has funded 299 studies at 40 universities.

Projects being launched in 2013 include:

  • Evaluation of a Rapid Test for Salmonella—Paul Morley, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
  • Gallium: An Alternative to Macrolides against R. equi?—Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH,. PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
  • Development of Alternative Models to Study EHM—Gisela Soboll Hussey, DVM, MS, PhD
  • Factors Affecting Omeprazole Pharmacokinetics in Horses—Paul Mills, BVSc (Hons), PhD, MACVSc, GCEd, MPhil
  • Motor Responses in Equine Cervical Stenoic Myelopathy—Cody Alcott, DVM
  • Detection of Lameness in Racehorses at the Gallop—Kevin Keegan, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS
  • Acoustoelastography to Monitor Injured Equine Tendon—Sabrina Brounts, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS
  • Evaluation of Biofilm from Equine Uterine Bacteria—Ryan Ferris, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT
  • Molecular Determinants of EHV-1 Fusion and Spread—Arthur Frampton, PhD
  • Effect of CYP2D Genetic Polymorphisms on Drug Metabolism—Heather Knych, DVM, PhD
  • Serum Biomarkers for Equine Laminitis—Hannah Galantino-Homer, VMD, PhD
  • The Interaction Between Anthelminitc Treatment and Vaccination—Martin Nielsen, DVM, PhD, Dipl. EVPC

A summary of each project—including the five in their second years—is available online.

Designated as recipient of the seventh annual Elastikon Equine Research Award is Brounts, who is carrying out the project entitled "Acoustoelastography to Monitor Injured Tendons." The Elastikon Award is funded in part by a grant to the foundation from the Consumer Products Division of Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of Elastikon tape and other equine products.

The Storm Cat Career Development Award, inaugurated in 2006, is a $15,000 grant designed as an early boost to an individual considering a career in equine research. It has been underwritten annually by Mrs. Lucy Young Hamilton, a Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation board member whose family stood the retired champion stallion Storm Cat at Overbrook Farm.

The three Storm Cat winners for 2013 are Brandy Burgess, DVM, MSc, Dipl. ACVIM of Colorado State University; Daniel Warren Youngstrom, a PhD candidate at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center at Virginia Tech; and Erin McConachie, DVM, of the University of Georgia.

"The committee who selects the Storm Cat recipients described how difficult it was this year to select one over two other exceptional candidates," said Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation President Edward L. Bowen. "Since Storm Cat is now 30 years old, our chairman, Dell Hancock, suggested that we fund all three—one for each decade of the stallion's life—on this one occasion. Therefore, Lucy Young Hamilton will fund one of them and our foundation will fund the other two and we will be helping three young researchers this year."

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