Foundation Commits $1.16 Million to Equine Research

Research topics include EHV-1 latency, foal pneumonia, training and surface factors in preventing injury, and more.
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The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a budget of $1,160,556 to fund equine research in 2016.

The budget will fund 11 new projects, eight second-year projects, and two Career Development Awards to encourage young scientists. The 2016 funding brings the foundation’s totals since 1983 to 335 projects at 42 universities for an aggregate of $23.3 million.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we again are able to provide well over $1 million to fund the top projects among those that our Research Advisory Committee recommended to the board,” said Edward L. Bowen, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation president.

The 11 new projects address an important range of issues, including dorsal displacement of the soft palate, the importance of latency in outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1, foal pneumonia, prevention of strangles, training and surface factors in preventing injury, and underlying mechanisms of disease. The eight projects entering a second year of research include other aspects of pneumonia and EHV-1, plus laminitis, colic, and placentitis

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