Nielsen Accepts Parasitology Position at the Gluck Center

Martin K. Nielsen, DVM, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, has accepted an assistant professor appointment in parasitology at the University of Kentucky's (UK) Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. Nielsen will join the UK Department of Veterinary Science as a faculty member in August.

Martin Nielsen

Dr. Martin Nielsen

"The opening of a faculty position in equine parasitology at the Gluck Equine Research Center and the appointment of Dr. Martin Nielsen to this position is a response to real challenges in parasite control as a result of increased resistance of parasites against known drugs," said Mats Troedsson, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, ECAR, Gluck Center director and chair of UK's Department of Veterinary Science.

"Dr. Nielsen is a young and enthusiastic veterinary scientist who already has gained international recognition for his research contributions in the field of equine parasitology," Troedsson continued. "He will bring new expertise and energy to an exceptionally strong existing team of parasitologists at the Gluck Center (Gene Lyons, PhD, and Daniel Howe, PhD), and I am confident that their combined research efforts will be of great value to the horse industry in Kentucky and around the world."

A native of Denmark, Nielsen received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University and his PhD from the University of Copenhagen. Prior to his current position he was a practicing veterinarian in equine medicine at Dyrlaegegruppen Laugo v/ Klavs Alexander and was a clinical veterinarian at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University.

At the University of Copenhagen, Nielsen teaches several classes, advises graduate students, is a member of the night duty emergency team, and a leader of the large animal clinical service and research laboratory.

"In an ideal scenario, where I could pick the job in the world I wanted the most, I would pick the Gluck Center," Nielsen said. "It has the proud traditions within equine parasitology, the expertise, the resources, and the research culture."

Nielsen's research interests include endoparasite infections of horses, clinical and molecular diagnosis, epidemiology, surveillance, and control.

"Equine parasite control is facing huge challenges these days, and many questions are arising," Nielsen said. "With help and support from other faculty members I hope to be able to provide answers for some of these."

Nielsen has published more than 20 scientific research papers, a book chapter, and more than 100 abstracts, poster presentations, and lay articles. In 2009 he was awarded the Young Elite Scientist Award from the Danish Research Council. Other recent awards include the 2010 Aage and Edith Dyssegaards Foundation for high-quality research within medicine, veterinary medicine and animal production; 2008 Albert and Lorraine Clay Research Fellowship, University of Kentucky; and the 2007 AAVP-Intervet Outstanding Graduate Student Award, American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists.

Jenny Blandford is the Gluck Equine Research Foundation assistant at the Gluck Center.

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