Thanks To Grayson-Jockey Club, University Of Kentucky Collects 230 Samples For Placentitis Research

While all the projects funded by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation must show relevance to the improvement of equine health and welfare, some projects are extremely time-sensitive. One such project has already gotten a crucial boost from the organization in the midst of this year’s foaling season in Central Kentucky.

“Given that we see nocardioform placentits only on a sporadic basis, it is essential we are able to act quickly and acquire samples during an outbreak. We are extremely grateful to Grayson for their support of this effort. It is only through the collection of samples for further analysis and continued screening of the identified bacteria for antibiotic sensitivity and resistance that we will be able to improve our understanding of this disease,” said David Horohov, PhD, chair of the Department of Veterinary Science and director of Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky.

Through the funds committed by Grayson, the Gluck Equine Research Center was able to collect 230 case and control mares for future research.

Nocardioform placentitis cannot be replicated, so these samples will allow new epidemiological data on mares throughout their pregnancy that researchers have been missing.

Below are some other significant research funded by Grayson ths year that will benefit breeding operations with horse health.

Passive Immunization Of Foals With RNA-AB
Against R Equi
Jeroen Pollet, Baylor College of Medicine
By inhalation therapy, we intend to deliver the genetic code for a protective antibody against Rhodococcus equi into the lung cells of newborn foals, to rapidly protect them against infection.

Dynamics Of Vitamin D In Hospital Foals
Ramiro Toribio, The Ohio State University
Critically ill foals often have low blood levels of Vitamin D; our goal is to investigate if their levels over time are associated with the severity of their disease and mortality.

Anti-Pnag Plasma For Preventing R. Equi Foal Pneumonia
Noah Cohen, Texas A&M University
Transfusion of plasma is the only licensed product for preventing Rhodococcus equi pneumonia, and we propose to demonstrate that we have developed a plasma product superior to that currently available.

Dr. Pollet and Dr. Ramiro’s work presents a possible huge step forward to help farms save foals in the future, while Dr. Cohen’s project will illustrate farm management protocols, and the use of plasma to protect foals against pneumonia.

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