Expert Panel to Spotlight Equine Genome Research

The first public gathering to explore the benefits of equine genome research will convene in Dallas, Texas, on Sat., March 2 at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) 2002 Annual Convention. "Genome Research 101 for the Horse Industry" will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Hotel Inter-Continental Dallas and is sponsored through the cooperative efforts of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), AQHA, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc., and the Morris Animal Foundation.

A genome is the entire genetic makeup of an animal.  Equine genome research will allow scientists to genetically map the horse, which will eventually lead to the identification and treatment of equine disease through gene therapy.

Researchers from across the United States will participate in the panel:

Dr. Doug Antczak - Cornell University
Dr. Ernie Bailey - University of Kentucky
Dr. Jim Belknap - Auburn University
Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary - Texas A&M University
Dr. Jim Murray - University of California - Davis
Dr. Jim Mickelson - University of Minnesota
Dr. Loren Skow - Texas A&M University
Dr. Stephanie Valberg - University of Minnesota
Dr. Michael Vandenplas - University of Georgia
Dr. Gene Pranzo - Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation

In addition to the treatment of disease, the panelists will discuss the process of genome research, the benefit of research to the equine industry, and the costs and facility needs for future research projects.

"Future research on equine disease will require investigations at the molecular level including understanding and utilizing gene identification for diagnosis and therapy," said Dr. Nat White of Virginia Tech, panel coordinator and moderator for the event. "Genomic research is now a necessity and a priority."

The session is free and open to the public.  For more information about the panel, contact Sally Baker of the AAEP at 

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