Leguillette's Papers Selected as Clinically Relevant at AAEP

Renaud Léguillette, PhD, DVM, an assistant professor in the Equine Internal Medicine in the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, had two papers selected as most clinically relevant at North America's largest equine veterinary medicine conference.

More than 3,150 veterinarians, veterinary students, and technicians attended the annual conference of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in San Antonio, Texas in November.

A very popular part of the conference--the Kester News Hour--asks three renowned clinicians and researchers to select papers from all the research in their field that they think are the most clinically relevant and present summaries.

Of the roughly 20 papers in medicine, six were on respiratory and cardiovascular research. Two of those six were written by Léguillette.

'Endoscopic assessment of airway inflammation in horses,' which was published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, examined upper and lower airway inflammation in horses and found it does not appears to follow the notion of "one airway, one disease" concept similar to what has been described for humans.

'Evaluation of a risk screening questionnaire to detect equine lung inflammation: Results of a large field study' was published in the Equine Veterinary Journal. It found proper use of a validated risk screening questionnaire was able to screen for horses with lower airway inflammation, but it wasn't sophisticated enough to separate horses between mild to moderate versus severe lower airway inflammation or between mild and normal.

"I try to publish in high impact journals of course," explained Léguillette. "But I also try to do research that is clinically relevant and that is actually useful for patients. I try to answers questions that are relevant in the field so I guess that's why these papers were chosen."

He says both of the papers were based on field studies that depended on horse owners around Calgary making their horses available. Léguillette had more than 120 horses for one study and 167 for the other study--high numbers that helped his research enormously.

"I was really impressed," he says. "In my previous experience elsewhere it's hard to get a consent form from owners even if it's simple research. Usually you publish a paper with less than 20 horses."

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