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 Dr. Duncan Lascelles receives 2017 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award

​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Duncan Lascelles recipient of its 2017 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of feline health and welfare through research.​

Dr. Lascelles, who received the award at the Merial National Institute of Health's National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in Bethesda, Md., was recognized for his achievements in improving the pain management and healthcare of cats.​

"Dr. Lascelles is a gifted and dedicated veterinary surgeon, mentor and leader," said Dr. Tom Meyer, AVMA president. "His research has been instrumental in advancing the entirety of feline health care in veterinary medicine. I congratulate Dr. Lascelles on receiving this well-deserved award and I thank him for the tremendous impact he has had on pain recognition and pain management in cats and all domestic animals."​

Dr. Lascelles is well known for his research in the areas of pain recognition, pain control, and chronic pain management in the cat, particularly as they relate to feline degenerative joint disease. Much of his research focuses on improving the ways veterinarians recognize pain in feline patients and developing unique pain management strategies and therapeutic options. Dr. Lascelles has authored over 120 peer reviewed research papers, 160 research abstracts, and over 50 review articles, book chapters and case reports on these topics.​

Dr. Lascelles serves on a variety of committees and boards, including as current Chair of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's (WSAVA) Global Pain Council and Chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain's (IASP) Special Interest Group on Non-Human Pain.​

Dr. Lascelles earned his BVSc in Veterinary Medicine and his PhD in Central Sensitization from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and holds diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is currently Professor of Small Animal Surgery and Pain Management at North Carolina State University and runs the College of Veterinary Medicine's Comparative Pain Research Program.​

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