Lincoln Memorial University

Eight veterinary students from Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate, Tennessee, spent their summers at the University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center, in Lexington, conducting research projects with faculty, graduate students, and other laboratory members.

The students presented their research at the end of July at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

The presentation titles, along with student presenter and mentors, included:

  • “Pilot study: The relationship of exercise training, inflamm-aging and muscle mass in senior horses,” by Bertsie Cantu (Mentor: Amanda Adams, PhD);
  • “Characterizing compositional and mechanical changes of equine proximal sesamoid bones associated with catastrophic race failure,” by Danielle Howard (Mentors: Jamie MacLeod, VMD, PhD, and staff in his musculoskeletal science laboratory);
  • “Development of a genetic test for HYPP during embryo transfer in the horse,” by David Alexander (Mentor: Alex Esteller-Vico, DVM, PhD);
  • “Effect of varying nutrient content on insulin responses in healthy and insulin dysregulated horses,” by Katelyn Jaqueway (Mentor: Adams);
  • “Evaluating the susceptibility of Rhodococcus equi to silver-based antimicrobials,” by Lynn Leedhanachoke (Mentor: Carrie Shaffer, PhD);
  • “March comes in like a lion and out like a strongyle?” by Morgan Clark (Mentor: Martin Nielsen, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVM);
  • In vitro effects of the synthetic progestin altrenogest on peripheral blood mononuclear cell,” by Olivia Walker (Mentors: Adams; Barry Ball, DVM, PhD; and Carleigh Fedorka, PhD); and
  • “The effect of NSAID administration on inflammatory mRNA expression,” by Sofia Santacaterina (Mentors: David Horohov, PhD, and Allen Page, DVM, PhD)

Jenny Evans, MFA, PhD candidate, is the senior veterinary science marketing and promotion specialist at the UK Gluck Equine Research Center.

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