Four veterinarians received the 2019 AVMA Excellence in Research Awards during the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, held July 24-27 at Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and hosted by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. 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. Rodney Page
Dr. Page (Colorado State '81) is director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center and a chair in oncology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Board-certified in internal medicine and oncology, he was a faculty member at North Carolina State University prior to his appointment at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as founding director of The Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research. In 2005, Dr. Page was appointed chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell's veterinary college. Dr. Page has authored or co-authored about 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 30 book chapters, and he co-edited the fifth edition of "Withrow and MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology" in 2012. His research interests recently have been focused on a one-medicine approach to cancer. He has been involved with the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study since 2008 and has initiated a national effort to bring translational and comparative oncology to a greater audience.
AVMA Clinical Research Award
This award recognizes an AVMA member's achievements in patient-oriented research.
Dr. Noah D. Cohen
Dr. Cohen (Pennsylvania '83) earned a doctoral degree in epidemiology and board certification in large animal internal medicine before becoming an assistant professor of equine internal medicine at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He is currently a professor of equine internal medicine and of equine research at the veterinary college and the associate department head for research and graduate studies in the Department of Clinical Sciences. He also serves as director of the Equine Infectious Disease Laboratory at Texas A&M with an emphasis on observational and experimental epidemiological studies, infectious disease epidemiology with an emphasis on enteric and respiratory tract bacterial pathogens, and epidemiological studies of racing injuries and colic in horses. He considers his most important professional accomplishment to be mentoring graduate students to become veterinary clinician-scientists or equine scientists. In addition to being an equine clinician-scientist, Dr. Cohen also owns and rides horses and produces hay at his small farm in Texas.
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. Jessica M. Quimby
Dr. Quimby (Wisconsin '03) is an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned board certification in small animal internal medicine and a doctoral degree focusing on feline chronic kidney disease at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, where she was on the faculty until 2017. Her research continues to focus on chronic kidney disease in cats. Other current research areas include the study of renal aging, telomere length and cellular senescence, novel treatment strategies, and evidence-based supportive care strategies. She has an interest in clinical trials and feline clinical pharmacology that is aimed at improving supportive care and quality of life in cats with chronic kidney disease.
AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award
This award recognizes a veterinarian for lifetime achievements in basic, applied, or clinical research.
Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith
Dr. McIlwraith (Massey '70) is a professor at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He practiced in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and he earned a doctoral degree from Purdue University. Since 1979, he has been a faculty member at Colorado State. He is a chair in orthopedics and founding director of the Orthopaedic Research Center. He also has a referral practice in equine orthopedic surgery based in Southern California and is a consultant and surgeon for clients elsewhere in the United States and in Ireland, England, France, and New Zealand. His research interests focus on equine orthopedic surgery and translational research in joint disease, including novel treatments for osteoarthritis and articular cartilage repair, mesenchymal stem cell therapies, and early diagnosis of osteoarthritis and pre-fracture disease through use of imaging and fluid biomarkers. He has authored six textbooks and more than 450 scientific publications and textbook chapters and has presented more than 700 seminars and workshops nationally and internationally to equine practitioners, veterinary specialty groups, and human orthopedic meetings.
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