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Stephanie Valberg

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Contact Information:
Phone: 612-625-5768
Email: valbe001@umn.edu
Website: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/umec/lab/home.html

DVM Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
PhD Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

Board Certification
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (1992)

Research Interests
Dr. Valberg's research is focused on muscle disorders in large animals, particularly metabolic myopathies including polysaccharide storage myopathy, glycogen branching enzyme deficiency, and recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis. She is a member of the International Equine Genome Mapping group which is developing the genome map and applying it to identify the heritable basis for muscle disorders.

Clinical Interests

  • Neuromuscular disorders and genetic disorders in large animals.
  • Exertional myopathies in horses

Instructional Areas

  • Equine Clinical Skills
  • Large Animal Neurology
  • Large Animal Genetics
  • Hepatic Disorders in horses
  • Muscular Disorders


For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine, and to Google Scholar.

Current Funding

  1. 2013 American Quarter Horse Association Optimizing diagnostic testing for Immune Mediated Myositis in Quarter Horses
  2. 2013 Academic Health Center Seed Grants Temporal gene expression profiles of neurodegeneration in transgenic mice deficient in alpha tocopherol transfer protein.
  3. 2014 Morris Animal Foundation Elucidating the cause of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Arabian Horses
  4. 2014 CVM Comparative Medicine Signature Program Grant: Unraveling Regulation of Mammalian Locomotion Using Equine Shivers as an Animal Model
  5. 2014 US Equestrian Foundation Finding a genetic basis for Shivers using next-generation whole genome sequencing.

Honors and Awards

  • Richard Hartley Clinical Award from the British Equine Veterinary Association, 2014 - The award recognizes Stephanie’s research linking seasonal pasture myopathy to box elder tree seeds
  • University of Minnesota Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award, 2013
  • Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Faculty Award, 2013
  • First women to give Milne Lecture at American Association of Equine Practitioners, 2013
  • First women inducted International Equine Research Hall of Fame, 2012
  • Pfizer Research Excellence Award, 2010
  • Reg Thompson Memorial Lecture, 2009, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Distinguished Women Scholars Award in Science & Engineering, 2008, University of Minnesota, MN
  • DLT Smith Distinguished Lecturer 2004, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon CA
  • Pfizer Award for Research Excellence 2001
  • EquiSci International Award 1998: the most important scientific advance in equine exercise physiology over the last 4 years
  • Departmental Teaching Award 1998, 1999, 2000. Selected by veterinary students as one of top teachers in the CAPS department
  • Teaching Incentive Award, 1997 and 1998 Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program, selected by graduate students/house officers
  • Mentor of the Year, 1996, College of Veterinary Medicine, Nominated and selected by graduate students




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