AVMA presents Excellence in Research Awards

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Four veterinarians received the AVMA Excellence in Research Awards during the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, Aug. 2-4 at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Following are some key achievements of the award recipients.

AVMA Career Achievement Award in Canine Research

This award honors an AVMA member's long-term contribution to the field of canine research.

Dr. Jörg M. SteinerDr. Jörg M. Steiner
A 1992 veterinary graduate of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, Dr. Steiner is director of the Gastrointestinal Laboratory and a professor of small animal gastroenterology and nutrition at the Texas A&M veterinary college. He earned a doctorate from Ludwig Maximilians University for research on feline trypsin and feline trypsin–like immunoreactivity and a doctorate from Texas A&M for work involving canine digestive lipases. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association.

Dr. Steiner is involved in research in small animal and comparative gastroenterology. He has authored or co-authored more than 260 peer-reviewed articles, 90 book chapters, and 410 research abstracts. He has served professional organizations in various roles and currently is president of ACVIM Small Animal Internal Medicine.

AVMA Clinical Research Award

This award recognizes an AVMA member's achievements in patient-oriented research.

Dr. Brian GilgerDr. Brian Gilger
Dr. Gilger (Ohio State '87) is a professor of ophthalmology at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was an assistant professor of ophthalmology from 1992-95 at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and American Board of Toxicology. He has been president of the ACVO, president of the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium, and chair of the Animals in Research Committee for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is a fellow of the ARVO.

Dr. Gilger's research has focused on innovative delivery of ocular drugs, immune-mediated ocular diseases, and wound healing. He has much interest in studying and developing new treatments for common clinical diseases of horses' eyes. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and more than 30 book chapters. He is the editor of five textbooks, including three editions of "Equine Ophthalmology."

AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Winn Feline Foundation established this award to honor a recipient's contribution to advancing feline health through research.

Dr. Philip R. FoxDr. Philip R. Fox
Dr. Fox (Ohio State '78) is head of cardiology, director of the Caspary Research Institute, and director of educational outreach at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He is certified in cardiology by the American and European colleges of veterinary internal medicine and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine–Companion Animals, and he also is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He is a past president of ACVIM Cardiology.

Dr. Fox's research interests include congestive heart failure, feline and canine cardiomyopathies, evidence-based medicine, and cardiovascular pathology. He conducted research to identify health risks in police dogs involved in the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has published extensively, including two cardiology textbooks, and is a founding editor of the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology. He lectures at veterinary conferences on topics related to coughing, heart and lung diseases, new diagnostic methods, and effective therapies.

AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

This award recognizes a veterinarian for lifetime achievements in basic, applied, or clinical research.

Dr. Barry T. RouseDr. Barry T. Rouse
A 1965 veterinary graduate of the University of Bristol in England, Dr. Rouse is a professor in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where he has been on the faculty since 1977. He earned a doctoral degree in immunology at the University of Guelph and a Doctor of Science degree at the University of Bristol.

Dr. Rouse is widely recognized for his research in viral immunology and immunopathology, working mainly with herpes simplex virus in mice with a view to devising successful vaccines and, more particularly, to determine how HSV causes tissue damage in critical tissues such as the eye and nervous system. He has been extensively involved in reviewing National Institutes of Health grants, has served as co-organizer of several conferences, and is a member of numerous editorial boards and a reviewer for many journals. He has published more than 400 papers.

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