Helping advance promising analysis targeted on bettering the lives of all equids, The Foundation for the Horse has awarded its inaugural Innovation and Discovery Research Grants totaling $190,383 to 4 established equine investigators.

Announced within the spring, the Innovation and Discovery Research Grants program is made attainable by a present from Mrs. Penelope Knight and her Coyote Rock Ranch. In addition to this 12 months’s recipients, a minimal of two initiatives will every obtain as much as $50,000 in funding by means of this system in 2023; the 2023 utility window will open subsequent summer season.

“Increasing support for seasoned researchers is an important next step for The Foundation for the Horse and promises to pay meaningful dividends for the health and welfare of horses of all uses in the years ahead,” stated Anthony Blikslager, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVS, Foundation Research Working Group chair. “These specific projects have the potential to yield a new means of diagnosing and treating hip and back problems, a more effective and cost-efficient treatment for endotoxemia, an effective alternative to currently available antibiotics, and new protocols for steroid use to treat laminitis.”

The supported initiatives, with researcher names, affiliations, and temporary descriptions, comply with:

Sweeping planar beam imaging of the equine backbone and pelvis

Adam Biedrzycki, BVSc (Hons), Ph.D., BSc (Hons)

University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

We have developed a standing unit with an industrial X-ray tube that may 3D picture thick tissue such because the pelvis and backbone with out emitting extra radiation than conventional radiography. This know-how will enable us to picture and exactly inject areas such because the sacroiliac joints.

Development of single-domain antibodies (sdAb) to dam endotoxin in horses

Christopher Cebra, VMD, MA, MS, Dipl. ACVIM

Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

Endotoxemia is the main reason behind demise in horses with colic. Previous makes an attempt to dam endotoxin with antibodies have been unsuccessful. However, the event of smaller “nanobodies” are extra able to penetrating tissues. We will generate a library of nanobodies to bind endotoxin, with the purpose of making a novel therapeutic for endotoxemia in horses.

Antibacterial results of lyophilized platelet lysate

John Peroni, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS

University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Platelets are small circulating blood cells that provoke clotting and a primary protection towards an infection. An equine platelet lysate (PL) from donor horses has proven promise as an antibiotic different. We will now decide if PL might be saved on the shelf as a powder and if it will work as an antibiotic in opposition to vital equine infectious organisms.

Mitigating the danger of corticosteroid-induced laminitis

Lauren Schnabel, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Laminitis is devastating in horses and has been related to steroid injection. However, that is poorly understood, presumably associated to variations in absorption at completely different injection websites. We will examine absorption of steroids following knee and sacroiliac joint injection and decide what metabolic results this has on the horse so we will develop pointers for secure steroid use.

Although not a requirement for funding, awarded investigators are strongly inspired to publish their leads to a refereed journal and/or submit abstracts for presentation on the American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention. Additional details about this analysis grants program is obtainable at

About The Foundation for the Horse

Established in 1994, The Foundation for the Horse is a 501(c)(3) charitable group devoted to bettering the welfare of the horse by means of Education, Research, and assist for Horses at Risk. It is ruled and stewarded by world-renowned equine veterinarians and equine stakeholders. In 2022, and for the second consecutive 12 months, The Foundation awarded over $1 million in scholarships and grants to affect equine well being and well-being all through the U.S. and creating international locations. To study extra, go to

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