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ACVS Foundation Research Grant Recipients

In keeping with the objectives of the Constitution of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, whereby ACVS encourages its members to pursue original investigations and to contribute to the veterinary literature, the ACVS Foundation has established research grant awards programs.  The current grant programs include: Surgeon-In-Training, Diplomate Clinical Research, and the Zoetis Dual Training Research Grant Program which is designed for ACVS residents or Diplomates currently enrolled in a PhD program. Applications are received annually and reviewed by the ACVS Research Committee. View more information on ACVS Research Grant Programs

2017 Research Grant Recipients

For the Surgeon-in-Training Research Grant program, three applications were funded:

  • Are initial wound cultures reliable in predicting organisms responsible for infection in acute traumatic wounds? Lauren Hamil, Colorado State University
  • The ability of a cell salvage machine and leukocyte reduction filter(s) to reduce bacterial contamination of whole dog blood. Whitney Danielle Hinson, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
  • Equine platelet lysate gel: a novel matrix for mesenchymal stem cell delivery. Jesse Tyma, University of Georgia
For the Diplomate Clinical Research Grant program, two applications were funded:
  • Synovial macrophage polarization in healthy and osteoarthritic equine joints. Linda A. Dahlgren, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Histologic assessment of pre-clinical peripheral nerve pathology of acquired laryngeal paralysis. Polyneuropathy. Susannah J. Sample, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2016 Research Grant Recipients

For the Surgeon-in-Training Research Grant program, three applications were funded:

  • The Effect of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Duration on Osteotomy Healing in Dogs. Hayley Gallaher, Mississippi State University. 
  • Carboplatin-impregnated calcium sulfate hemihydrate beads.  A cost-effective, local treatment for feline injection site-associated sarcoma. Elizabeth Maxwell, University of Illinois
  • Synovial macrophage phenotype and pro-inflammatory polarization in dogs with degenerative cruciate ligament rupture. Benjamin Yarnall, University of Wisconsin-Madison

For the Diplomate Clinical Research Grant program, two applications were funded:

  • Laryngeal Paralysis in the Labrador Retriever: Discovery of the Genetic Mutation through DNA Resequencing. Susannah Sample, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) for open, contaminated wounds in horses. Christine L. Theoret, Université de Montréal

For the Zoetis Dual Training Research Grant Program, one application was funded:

  •  Comparative chondrogenic potential of equine fetal progenitor cells and adult mesenchymal stem cells. Emma Adam, University of Kentucky

2015 Research Grant Recipients

For the Surgeon-in-Training Research Grant program, two applications were funded:

  • The Ability of an Autotransfusion System and Leukocyte Reduction Filter to Remove Hemangiosarcoma Cells from Dog Blood. Brittany Ciepluch, Texas A&M University
  • Randomized, Prospective Clinical Trial of Autologous Greater Omentum Graft to Stimulate Healing of Radius/Ulna Fractures in Miniature Breed Dogs. Jennifer Ree, Oregon State University

For the Diplomate Clinical Research Grant program, three applications were funded:

  • Predicting Histologic Tumor-free Margins Based on Grossly Normal Intra-operative Surgical Margins Improves Surgical Planning for Canine Cutaneous and Subcutaneous Mast Cell Tumors and Soft Tissue Sarcomas. Milan Milovancev, Oregon State University
  • The Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Oral Tapentadol for the Treatment of Pain in Dogs with Clinical Osteoarthritis. Jonathan Dyce, The Ohio State University
  • Evaluation of Non-penetrating Microvascular Clips for End-to-Side Arterial and Venous Anastomosis for Renal Transplantation in Cats. Robert J. Hardie, University of Wisconsin

For the Zoetis Dual Training Research Grant Program one application was funded:

  • Nanoparticle Therapy Inhibits Canine Osteosarcoma Growth by Stimulating Anti-tumor Immunity. Joanne Tuohy, North Carolina State University

For the Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. Antimicrobial Sutures Grant Program one application was funded:

  • The Effect of Antimicrobial Impregnated Suture on Incidence of Surgical Site Infections in Dogs and Cats. Kelley Thieman Mankin, Texas A&M University

2014 Research Grant Recipients

For the Surgeon-in-Training Research Grant program, three applications were funded:

  • Clinical Trial of a New Venous Slow Occlusion Device (SOD) for the Treatment of Portosystemic Shunts (PSS) in Dogs. Mandy Wallace, University of Florida
  • Optimizing the Anti-inflammatory Properties of Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Treat Arthritis. Sophie Bogers, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, Virginia Tech
  • Effects of Pre-operative Administration of Firocoxib, Flunixin Meglumine, and Phenylbutazone on Platelet Function and Thromboxane Synthesis in Healthy Horses. Brenna Burkett, Mississippi State University

For the Diplomate Clinical Research Grant program, two applications were funded:

  • Association of MHC Class I Genotype with Non-contact Cruciate Rupture in the Dog. Peter Muir, University of Wisconsin
  • Effect of Surgical Treatment of Brachycephalic Obstructor Syndrome on the Lower Esophageal Area of Brachycephalic Dogs with Evidence of Hiatal Herniation and Reflux. Philipp Mayhew, University of California, Davis

For the Zoetis Dual Training Research Grant Program one application was funded:

  • Evaluation of Axial-strain Sonoelastography, Shear-wave Elastography and Microbubble Angiography of the Achilles Tendon in a Surgical Rabbit Model. Adam Biedrzycki, University of Wisconsin

2013 Research Grant Recipients

For the Surgeon-in-Training Research Grant program, four applications were funded:

  • Comparison of the Efficacy of Epidural Anesthesia and Peripheral Nerve Blockade for Post-operative Pain Management after Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy. Ryan McCally, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Intraoperative Bacterial Contamination in Veterinary Medicine. Natalia Andrade, University of Georgia
  • Concentrations of Cytokines and Matrix Metalloproteinases in Serum and Synovial Fluid Following Injection of Autologous Conditioned Serum into Equine Osteoarthritic Distal Inter-Phalangeal Joints. Dane Michael Tatarniuk, University of Minnesota 
  • The Effect of Low Level Laser Therapy on the Healing of Open Wounds in Dogs. Lindsey Michelle Kurach, Michigan State University

For the Diplomate Clinical Research Grant program, two applications were funded:

  • Validation of Normative Ranges for Gait Variables to Identify Forelimb and Hind Limb Limb Lameness in Individual Dogs at Walk. Gert J. Breur, Purdue University
  • The Effect of Synovial Distension on the Spatial Relationship of the Distal Interphalangeal Joint, Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath, and Navicular Bursa in Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Equine Foot.  PI: A. Sarah Graham. University of Florida

2012 Research Grant Recipients

For the Surgeon-in-Training Research Grant program, four proposals were funded:

  • Influence of an Intramedullary Pin on the Stability of a Feline Ilial Fracture Stabilized with a Bone Plate. Renee Krebs, North Carolina State University
  • Evaluation of Intra-Abdominal Pressures in Horses That Crib. Surgeon in Training. Valeria Albanese, Auburn University
  • Biomechanical Evaluation of Locking, Non-Locking, and Hybrid Plating Constructs Using a Locking Compression Plate in Canine Synthetic and Cadaveric Bone. Kathleen Guthrie, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • A Comparison of Radiofrequency Probe and Sharp Transection for Tenoscopic Guided Desmotomy of the Accessory Ligament of Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon. Bradley Nelson, Colorado State University

For the Diplomate Clinical Research Grant program, one proposal was funded:

  • Comparison of an Alcohol-Based Hand Rub and Water-Based Chlorhexidine Gluconate Scrub Technique for Hand Antisepsis Prior to Equine Arthroscopy. Kristin Bubeck, University of Montreal
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