Wayne McIlwraith Named New Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed University Chair

Colorado State University recently named Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, FRCVS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ECVS, professor of surgery and director of the Orthopaedic Research Center at the university, the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed University Chair in Equine Orthopaedic Research.

The endowed chair was created with a $3 million gift from Anthony that the university received during the 2001-2002 academic year. The gift, made to the university's Orthopaedic Research Center, also funds a scientist position and research projects.

Equine orthopedic research at Colorado State has benefited horses as well as advanced human orthopedic treatments. The Orthopaedic Research Center researches the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal problems occurring in equines and humans. Current projects include using gene therapy to treat arthritis, defining fluid markers that predict orthopedic disease and using computer joint modeling to prevent fractures. The center collaborates with health foundations that address similar problems in humans.

McIlwraith is known as the pioneer of equine arthroscopy and arthroscopic surgery, and he consults as an equine surgeon around the world. Both surgery techniques use scopes inserted into a small incision in the joint. McIlwraith's expertise is in diagnosing joint injuries in horses as well as discovering effective therapeutic and preventative health care.

The author of four textbooks, McIlwraith's previous honors include multiple awards for his outstanding teaching abilities and faculty status as well as recognition for his contributions to equine and veterinary medicine from professional groups including the World Equine Veterinary Association, Veterinary Orthopaedic Society, British Equine Veterinary Association, and Equine Veterinary Journal.

McIlwraith received his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from Massey University in New Zealand in 1970 and master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue in 1977 and 1979.

Anthony gave an additional $3 million gift to the Animal Cancer Center at the same time the gift to the Orthopaedic Research Center was made. The two centers are known internationally for cutting-edge research in veterinary and human health.

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