Boehringer Ingelheim Announces 2017 Equine Research Award Recipients

by | 12.07.2017 | 7:01am

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) has selected three research proposals to fund as part of its 2017 Advancement in Equine Research Award program. Since 2011 BI has given more than $470,000 to advancing the knowledge of equine infectious disease, including the $45,000 in grants being awarded this year.

“For the past six years, BI has supported equine research into identifying new disease treatment and prevention methods,” says Dr. Steve Grubbs, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, BI equine technical manager. “Through this program we are committed to helping advance the understanding, diagnosis, and prevention of infectious equine diseases.”

BI congratulates the 2017 Equine Research Award recipients for the following projects:

  • Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, and Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
    • “Investigation of the role of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and anti-histaminic drugs on the humoral response to a commercial Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis vaccine given to naïve healthy horses.” 
  • Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
    • “Investigation of the Florida sublineage clade affiliation of equine influenza virus strains using novel multiplex real-time quantitative PCR in nasal secretions submitted to a diagnostic laboratory (2012-2017).” 
  • Rebecca P. Wilkes, DVM, PhD, University of Georgia, Tifton, GA
    • “Targeted next-generation sequencing panel for detection of equine pathogens.”

Each researcher will receive a grant of $15,000 in support of their study proposal. An independent panel of equine practitioners, university professors, and veterinary medical researchers selected the recipients from numerous proposals. The awards were announced at the recent American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Applications for the 2018 Equine Research Award will be open next spring. Veterinarians, diagnosticians and public and private researchers in the United States, Canada and Mexico are eligible to submit proposals. For more information visit

About the Equine Research Review Board

The Equine Research Review Board, an independent group of equine veterinarians and researchers, selects the Advancement in Equine Research Awards annually. Board members for the 2017 award selection process include:

  • Tom Divers, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Rob Franklin, DVM, DACVIM, FullBucket Veterinary Strength Supplements, Dennis, TX
  • Debra Sellon, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Nathan Slovis, DVM, DACVIM, CHT, Haygard Equine Medical Institute, Lexington, KY
  • Julie Wilson, DVM, DACVIM, Turner Wilson Equine Consulting, Stillwater, MN
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