Points of Pride Research Days
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mariah Carroll, College of Veterinary Medicine, 612-624-7231
U of M College of Veterinary Medicine Celebrates Knowledge Advancement Efforts During Research Days
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (March 28, 2007) – The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine honored the research accomplishments of its graduate students, faculty, alumni, and research partners at its annual Points of Pride Research Days on March 20-21.
“The new knowledge discovered by our students, faculty, and alumni make a real difference to animals and humans every day,” said College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Jeffrey Klausner. “This was a celebration to honor the individuals who play a critical role in furthering our understanding of diseases and advancing animal and human health.”
The Distinguished Research Alumni Award went to Dr. Thomas Besser, who obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the college in 1981, and is now a professor at Washington State University. Dr. Besser’s work includes research in microbiology, epidemiology, and food safety where he has developed strong national and international collaborations.
This year’s Distinguished Research Partner Award went to Pfizer Animal Health, which has supported the College's research efforts for more than eleven years, through their relationship with faculty in developing numerous clinical trials, and maintaining constant support for research. They have also contributed in the development of the University of Minnesota Equine Center and the Dairy Transition Management Facility. Pfizer Animal Health is dedicated to preserving animal health and wellness as well as increase animal longevity.
Also presented was the Pfizer Research Excellence Award, which went to Dr. Scott Dee, a leading researcher in the swine industry. His work on the PRRS Virus and alternative means of transmission has paved the way for important advances and prevention methods in the industry. Dr. Dee has also influenced the way pigs are raised nationally and internationally.
In a poster competition, the winners were Katie Byrne, who was a participant in the College’s Summer Scholars program; Tirumurugaan Krishnaswamy Gopalan, a postdoctoral associate; and graduate students Molly McCue, Cholawat Pacharinsak, and Jun Han. Each winner received a first-place ribbon, certificate, and $250 cash award.
In 2006 the College’s research expenditures exceeded $15.7 million. Research funds continue to increase each year. These critical funds allow research to investigate the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, and develop sustainable agriculture practices to protect animal and human health, thus benefiting Minnesota’s $21-billion animal agriculture economy.
The College of Veterinary Medicine improves the health and well-being of animals and people by providing high-quality veterinary training, conducting leading-edge research, and delivering innovative veterinary services.