EQUUS Foundation
December 14, 2015

EQUUS Foundation Research Fellowship Awarded at the 2015 AAEP Convention

Michigan State University doctoral candidate Jane Marie Manfredi, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, received the 2015 EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow for her research into identification of risk factors for Equine Metabolic Syndrome, a major health and welfare concern given the established links between EMS, hyperinsulinemia and laminitis.

The EQUUS Foundation and the American Association of Equine Practioners (AAEP) Foundation joinly established the EQUUS Foundation Research Fellowship program in 2011 to emphasize the importance of equine research, to reward researchers for their contributions, and to meet the increasing need to train future equine veterinary researchers.

"The contributions of veterinary research have been considerable, not just on animal health but also public health," said EQUUS Foundation Chairwoman Jenny Belknap Kees. "We are pleased to help provide the financial resources to enable continued advancements by sponsoring the EQUUS Foundation Research Fellowship."

2015 Research Fellow

Left to Right: Dr. G. Kent Carter, AAEP President, Jane Marie Manfredi DVM, MS,
DACVS-LA, and Dr. Richard Mitchell, DVM, EQUUS Foundation Board Member.

Dr. Manfredi was recognized on December 7 during the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture at the AAEP’s 61st Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Manfredi received a $5,000 grant to support her endeavors in equine research and a $500 stipend to support her travel to Las Vegas.

Dr. Manfredi’s research aims to evaluate and optimize field-oriented dynamic tests of insulin and glucose regulation, as well as to explore the muscle and adipose tissue biologic differences (via RNA Seq) between four breeds of horses. Understanding differences in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue as it relates to insulin sensitivity and other metabolic traits will greatly advance understanding of the molecular pathophysiology of EMS and laminitis susceptibility and may also identify novel therapeutic targets.

Dr. Manfredi earned her veterinary degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2004. She completed her master’s in veterinary surgery and her large animal surgery residency in 2012, both at the University of Minnesota.

The deadline to apply for an EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow is August 1. For additional information, please visit the EQUUS Foundation website at http://www.equusfoundation.org/research-fellows.php.

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About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

About American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation: The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $3.3 million to support its mission.

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