The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation board of directors has approved $748,116 in funding for 19 research projects for 2003. It increases the organization's total for equine research since 1983 to more than $10 million.
The research funded in 2003 will take place at 11 universities in the United States and Canada. Included are the launch of 10 new projects and the conclusion of nine two-year projects begun last year.
The foundation board, chaired by John Hettinger, met in Florida recently to act on the recommendations of a 33-person Research Advisory Committee. The committee, chaired by Dr. Larry Bramlage, involves private veterinary practitioners and university research veterinarians from across North America.
The new slate of projects addresses key issues of health and soundness--cartilage repair, laminitis, pneumonia, and West Nile virus--that affect many horses of various uses and breeds.
Projects for 2003 are titled:
Key factors in the cause of laminitis
Specific immune functions involved in protecting against herpesvirus-1
Vaccine development for Rhodococcal pneumonia
Toward a better strangles vaccine
Effects of early exercise on bones and joints
Variations in EPM, and how they relate to the causative organism
Hoof growth and development: New revelations
Laminitis: Changes in the small arteries of the foot
Managing damage to joint cartilage resulting from exercise
Immunity in foals vaccinated for West Nile Virus
Two-year projects funded for a second year are titled:
Accelerated regression of endometrial cups
Effect of airway inflammation and mucus on racehorse performance
Respiratory immune responses of foals
Role of Streptococcus bovis exotoxins in equine laminitis
Colonic pathophysology in horses administered phenylbutazone
Growth factor gene transduced stem cells for cartilage repair
Functional analysis of equine laminar artery
Electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in the horse
Equine genes, microarrays and responses to Gram-positive toxins