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Morris Animal Foundation Recognized as Distinguished Research Partner

Recently the University of Minnesota celebrated its “Points of Pride Research Day,” where the College of Veterinary Medicine awarded Morris Animal Foundation the Distinguished Research Partner Award for our long-term commitment to funding research and students at the college. The Foundation first funded a researcher at the University of Minnesota in 1957 and has funded nearly $5.5 million since that time. 

Our president and CEO, Dr. Patricia Olson, accepted the award and made a presentation on the future of science.

At the same event, Dr. Stephanie Valberg, from the University of Minnesota, received the Pfizer Research Excellence Award for her work on genetic causes of muscle disorders in horses, which was funded in part by Morris Animal Foundation. Dr. Valberg, who has served as a member of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, gave Dr. Olson a tour of the newly constructed Equine Center at the University of Minnesota and thanked the Foundation for all the contributions that were given for the equine genetics consortium.

Dr. Michael T. Collins, from the University of Wisconsin, received the Distinguished Research Alumnus Award for his work on Johne’s disease in cows. He discussed how there is evidence that Johne’s disease in cattle correlates with Crohn’s disease in humans and that pasteurization of milk does not always kill the organism that is suspected to cause the disease.

Other funded researchers shared information on Foundation-funded work and how we made a difference in managing their patients and advancing health and welfare. The Foundation received a beautiful glass-etched award to mark the celebration.

Posted by MAFon October 18, 2010.

Categories: Animal health, Animal studies, Animal welfare


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