Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Research funding announced

The Morris Animal Foundation has announced funding for new equine studies including:

Understanding the Early Stages of Equine Herpesvirus Infections Researchers will study EHV-1 to better understand how the disease develops and spreads. New information from this study will help inform the development of better diagnostics and treatments as well as improve EHV-1 control measures.

Exploring a New Vaccine Strategy for Strangles
Researchers will investigate the safety and effectiveness of a novel vaccine to protect horses against strangles, a serious infection caused by bacteria called Streptococcus equi. A safer and more effective vaccine strategy against strangles will greatly improve the prevention of this global equine health challenge.

Learning More About How the Immune System Works
Researchers will gather baseline data on equine monocytes, a type of white blood cell important for fighting off infections and reducing inflammation. Data collected is anticipated to provide real-time insight into the processes occurring within critically ill horses.

"Each of these studies has the potential to improve the lives of horses in significant ways, and we are very proud to support these innovative researchers in their efforts," said Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane, Morris Animal Foundation Chief Scientific Officer.

The Morris Animal Foundation is one of the world's largest non-profit organizations that funds scientific studies to advance the health of animals. Since 1959, it has invested over $20 million in more than 550 equine health studies.

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