Ohio State Laminitis Researcher Receives $82,000 Grant

James Belknap, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, has received an $82,000 grant to continue studying the painful and often fatal disease of the hoof, laminitis. The new study, "Effect of Digital Hypothermia on Inflammatory Injury in Laminitis," is a two-year project funded by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities' Barbaro Memorial Fund, established in memory of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

"Dr. Belknap is considered one of the leading equine laminitis researchers in the world. He is recognized by his peers for his contributions to advancing our knowledge of the pathophysiology of this devastating disease that afflicts far too many horses," said Rustin Moore, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, Bud and Marilyn Jenne Professor and Chair, Veterinary Clinical Sciences. "Hopefully through his findings and the efforts of other laminitis researchers we will one day be better able to prevent and treat laminitis in horses."

Belknap has been at the forefront of laminitis research for 12 years and been principal investigator on eight other laminitis research projects, totaling $1.5 million, funded by the USDA, Morris Animal Foundation, and the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation.

He received his DVM from Colorado State University and has worked at Ohio State for four years as a surgeon; he has a special interest in equine podiatry. He grew up in Kentucky on a farm where he developed an early interest in horses.

Formed in 1999 as a subsidiary of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), NTRA Charities is a nonprofit, public charity whose mission is to promote and support charities in or related to the Thoroughbred industry.

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