Dr. Jerry L. Torrison
Dr. Darwin L. Reicks
Dr. Spencer R. Wayne
Dr. Amber Stricker
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica presented four veterinarians with the Advancement in PRRS Research Award to support studies on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome in 2009. The four will evenly split $100,000 in grant money.
The company usually provides three $25,000 grants yearly, but a company spokesman said the four studies chosen were all considered to be worth funding.
Dr. Jerry L. Torrison (MIN '86), University of Minnesota, received support for a study on the effect of biofilters on the quantity of PRRS virus. This is intended to determine the amount of virus exhausted from mechanically vented finishing barns and barns with biofilters placed outside exhaust fans.
Dr. Darwin L. Reicks (ISU '94) of Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minn., received funding for a study on the effect of modified-live PRRS vaccine, alone and combined with killed-virus vaccines, in late-term pregnant gilts.
Dr. Spencer R. Wayne (MIN '01), Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, Pipestone, Minn., received funding to evaluate the ecology of the PRRS virus in farrowing and the risk factors of transmission prior to weaning.
Dr. Amber Stricker (ISU '08), Suidae Health and Production, Algona, Iowa, received support for a study on variability of PRRS virus ORF5 sequencing in and among state diagnostic laboratories.