Dolly Green Research Foundation Awards Grants

Dolly Green Research Foundation awarded a total of $210,560 to fund research in equine veterinary medicine for the 1999-2000 grant year. The Dolly Green Research Foundation (DGRF) is affiliated with the Southern California Equine Foundation Inc. (SCEF), and was established subsequent to a bequest from the late Miss Dolly Green. Miss Green was a longtime racehorse owner with a special interest in equine welfare.

The SCEF is a non-profit organization providing hospital services on the Southern California Thoroughbred racing circuit. The SCEF has a long history of service to the racing industry and the equine athlete, including development of Kimzey equine ambulances commonly used in North America and funding of original research by Dr. John Pascoe that first identified the prevalence of exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in racehorses.

The Dolly Green Research Foundation emphasizes research beneficial to the health and welfare of the Thoroughbred racehorse.

Principle investigators receiving funding and their focus of research are as follows:

Antoinette Marsh, MS, PhD, University of Missouri: Development of a Sarcocystis neurona-specific recombinant antigen immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and monoclonal antibodies for the improved diagnosis and treatment of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM).

Norm Ducharme, DVM, MSc, Dipl. ACVS, Cornell University: Pathophysiology and treatment of dorsal displacement

of the soft palate (DDSP).

Johanna Watson, DVM, PhD, University of California, Davis: Equine Respiratory Allergy: Preliminary investigations of early detection and genetic testing.

Christopher Kawcak, DVM, MS, Colorado State University: Characterization of joint disease by CT Osteoabsorptiometry.

William Muir, DVM, MS, PhD, The Ohio State University: Pulmonary blood flow following manipulation of nitric oxide in hyperoxic and hypoxic Pentobarbital anesthetized adult Thoroughbred horses in the supine position.

Stephen Hines, DVM, PhD, Washington State University: Induction of Type 1 mucosal immune responses in foals using a DNA vaccine.

Larry Galuppo, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, University of California, Davis: Clinical evaluation of a 6.5mm, variable-pitch, tapered, compression screw for repair of incomplete lateral condylar fractures in racing Thoroughbreds.

David Ramey, DVM, private practitioner, Southern California: An investigation of the purity of oral glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate products for the horse.

“The Dolly Green Research Foundation currently ranks as one of the largest private funding agencies dedicated exclusively to equine health issues” said Joseph Dowd, DVM, PhD, Chairman of the Research Committee. “These grants are intended to help fulfill the mission of the Southern California Equine Foundation by improving the health and welfare of the equine athlete. However, each year we receive more high-priority grants than we can fund. The major limiting factor to advancement of equine health and welfare is adequate funding sources. We would like to encourage all racing enthusiasts to help support our effort through contribution to the Southern California Equine Foundation.”

Contributions to the SCEF can be arranged by contacting Karen Klawitter at the Southern California Equine, PO Box 1728, Arcadia, Calif. 91007, or call Karen at 626/445-7944.

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