Dr. Carrie Finno Receives 2012 Wilson Award

Finno received the award for her paper on electrophysiological studies in horses with neuroaxonal dystrophy.

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Reprinted from The Horse Report with permission from the Center for Equine Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.

This year’s James M. Wilson Award was presented to Carrie Finno, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, for her work on neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD), an inherited neurologic disease that affects all breeds of horses. The Wilson Award is given each year to an outstanding equine research publication authored by a graduate academic student or resident in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Finno received the award for her publication, "Electrophysiological Studies in American Quarter Horses with Neuroaxonal Dystrophy." 

Horses affected with this disease appear to be normal at birth but develop signs of neurologic disease, including incoordination (ataxia) and an abnormal posture (standing with limbs crossed or base-wide) during the first two years of life.

Some horses will also develop an abnormally quiet or dull mentation, often appearing sedated. Equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (EDM) is considered a more severe variant of equine NAD and therefore, the disease is typically termed NAD/EDM

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