The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will fund 12 new equine health studies, including one that will look at extracorporeal shock wave therapy. The organization is inviting researchers to submit proposals for that project. The other studies, which will be conducted at nine different universities, were approved during a meeting of the foundation's board of directors in late February. Their subjects include the following:
* Identification of immunology proteins specific to strangles.
* Analysis of semen in unexplained fertility cases.
* The role of volatile fatty acids in equine gastric ulcers.
* Muscle glycogen metabolism in horses.
In addition, the foundation will continue to support five two-year projects that started in 2000. Funding for the entire program exceeds $1 million.