The Morris Animal Foundation, dedicated to improving animal health, has approved funding for 17 new equine research and training grants totaling $1 million.

The grants will fund investigators at 15 institutions across the United States, along with one in Switzerland and one in New Zealand; support 16 university-based studies; and contain three fellowship training grants for new researchers.

The scope of the studies funded covers a diverse set of equine health challenges including infectious diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory illnesses, and more. The Morris Animal Foundation’s Equine Scientific Advisory Board reviewed all grant applications and selected, based on scientific merit and impact, the studies that had the greatest potential to advance equine veterinary care and wellness.

Among the studies funded are:

  • How equine muscle cells regulate calcium movement, and the role calcium plays in equine muscle disease—Stephanie J. Valberg, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, University of Minnesota/Michigan State University
  • How to improve diagnosis and treatment of equine insect bite sensitivity, one of the most common allergic skin diseases in horses—Eliane Marti, DrMedVet, PhD University of Bern
  • Biomechanical forces in different horse gaits as well as genetic risk factors associated with the development of osteochondrosis in Standardbred horses, a breed with a high prevalence of OC lesions—Annette M. McCoy, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, University of Illinois
  • How the bacterium Burkholderia mallei that causes glanders, an infectious disease in horses, regulates immune response to