Grayson Jockey Club Research Grants

The directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Fundation have awarded a total of $825,389 to fund a total of 23 research projects during the year 2000.

The amount represents a new record for the Foundation. The board approved funding for the second year of 13 projects begun last year and added 10 new projects. The allocation brings the Foundation’s total funding since 1983 to $8.1 million for 151 projects at 27 universities.

The new projects touch a variety of the problems that affect horses of various breeds and uses. They include efforts to prevent colic through better understanding of diet and diet changes; a Harvard effort toward protection against foal pneumonia; a project developing use of blood markers to alert of impending fractures; and projects on laminitis and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis—problems the Foundation has been supporting for some years.

Following are details of the new projects to be funded this year:

  • Effect of diet and fluid administration on colonic ingesta--Nat White II, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Virginia Tech, One-year project: $35,037
  • The effect of hyoepiglotticus muscle on the epiglottis in the horse--Susan Holcombe, VMD, PhD, Michigan State University, One-year project: $16,884
  • Hoof wall epidermal laminae: Adaptive response to stress--Robert Bowker, VMD, PhD, Michigan State University, Two-year project: First year, $34,350
  • Pathogenesis of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis--Debra Sellon, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Washington State University, Two-year project: First year, $50,777
  • Development of BCG expressing VapA as a vaccine against R. equi--Mary K. Hondalus, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health, Immunology and Infectious Diseases; Two-year project: First year, $47,266
  • Development and Testing of Genetic Vaccines for Vesicular Stomatitis--Richard A. Bowen, DVM, PhD, Colorado State University; Two-year project: First year, $41,140
  • The Insulin-like Growth Factor System and Stallion Infertility--Margo MacPherson, DVM, Dipl. ACT, University of Florida; One-year project: $23,102
  • Intramuscular Calcium Regulation in exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying up)--Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, Esther Gallant, PhD, University of Minnesota; Two-year project: First year, $46,649.
  • Role of DI particles in persistent EAV infection of stallions--James MacLachlan, BVSc, PhD, University of California-Davis; Two-year project: First year: $33,365
  • Serum Markers for detection of musculoskeletal injury in horses--David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, Clark Billinghurst, DVM, PhD, Colorado State University Two-year project: First year, $59,732
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