Indian business invests in Minnesota

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The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine has received $3 million to expand research and teaching in veterinary orthopedic surgery.

The gift is from the Tata Group, a worldwide business conglomerate based in India. Ratan N. Tata, chairman of the Tata Group, was first put in contact with Dr. Michael G. Conzemius, a professor at the veterinary college, in 2008. The $3 million will be used to establish the Tata Group chair in orthopedic surgery, create an endowment supporting research in small animal orthopedic surgery, and develop an exchange program between the University of Minnesota and the Karnataka Veterinary School in Bangalore.

Dr. Conzemius has been appointed to the Tata Group chair in orthopedic surgery. A professor of surgery at the college since 2006, Dr. Conzemius leads a research team that is internationally recognized for basic and applied clinical research in elbow replacement systems, gait analysis, and the genetics of ligament injury and repair.

Funds from the endowment will be used to provide additional support for faculty conducting research in these areas, whereas the exchange program will allow veterinary students and veterinarians from the Karnataka Veterinary School to come to Minnesota to be trained in advanced techniques in veterinary medicine and surgery.