Morris' New Studies

 The Morris Animal Foundation is pleased to report the realization of a goal to fund $2 million in health studies by the year 2000. The Foundation also has added a variety of animal health studies to its growing list of vital investigations designed to improve the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife.

The Equine Studies include these:

Developmental Bone Disease

Mark B. Hurtig, DVM, MVSc, University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College, has been approved for a one-year study entitled, “Use of Osteochondral Grafts for Management of Fetlock Developmental Bone Disease.”

R. Clark Billinghurst, DVM, Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been approved for a one-year study entitled “Skeletal Markers in Developmental Orthopaedic Disease in the Horse.”

Foal Diseases

Stephen Hines, DVM, PhD, Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has been approved for a two-year study entitled, “Induction of Type I Mucosal Immune Responses in Foals Using a DNA Vaccine.” Co-sponsorship support provided by Gregory and Moira Gingery.

Robert J. Bildfell, DVM, Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has been approved for a one-year pilot study entitled, “In-Situ Detection of Equine Herpesvirus 2 in Foal Lungs.” Full sponsorship support provided by Morris Animal Foundation Staff.

Gastrointestinal/Digestive Diseases

Joanne Tetens, DVM, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, has been approved for a one-year study entitled, “The Effects of ATP-MgC12 During Low-Dose Endotoxin Infusion in Conscious Horses.”

Samuel L. Jones, DVM, PhD, North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has been approved for a two-year study entitled, “Mucosal Repair During Colitis in Horses.”

Laminitis

Jim Belknap, DVM, PhD, Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has been approved for a two-year study entitled, “Local Expression of Mediators Important in Equine Laminitis.” Co-sponsorship support provided by the Michael and Barbara Simpson Charitable Trust.

David M. Hood, DVM, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has been approved for a one-year study entitled, “Therapeutic Roles of the Deep Digital Flexor Tendon in Laminitis.” Full sponsorship support provided by Fort Worth/Tarrant County Animal Foundation

Respiratory Disease

Deborah H. Wilson, BVSc, Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has been approved for a one-year study entitled, “The Effect of Acupuncture in Horses with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

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