Faculty and graduate student researchers presented on the College's many equine-related research projects in a series of posters and lectures on November 18, 2010, at the Veterinary Education Center. Members of the committee administering the Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research attended the event to see the success of currently funded projects and to find possible candidates for future support.
Speakers included associate professors Dr. Lisa Ann Fortier and Dr. Maria Julia Felippe from the Department of Clinical Sciences, with their respective lectures on “Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment of Sports Medicine Injuries” and “Epigenetics: A Novel Approach in Primary Immunodeficiencies.” Dr. Jonathan Cheetham of the Equine Performance Testing Center followed with his talk, “Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Upper Airway Disease in Horses.” Graduate student Dr. Margaret Brosnahan ended with her lecture, “A New Road to Discovery: Equine Research in the Post-Genome Era.” In the wine and cheese reception that followed, students and faculty discussed their research with committee members and each other.
The Zweig Fund began as a memorial gift from the family of Dr. Harry M. Zweig, a veterinarian and avid supporter of thoroughbred horse racing in New York State. The Fund grew after an amendment to a New York State pari-mutuel law granted the Fund two percent of all money garnered from the State’s tracks and off-track betting, through the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund. The Zweig Fund gives back to the industry by supporting research meant to further the health and performance of racing horses.
The committee administering the fund always includes the chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board or his designee, the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell or his designee, a member or the executive director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, a member or the executive director of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, and at least five New York State breeders, owners, trainers, or veterinarians in equine practice. Dean Michael Kotlikoff currently serves on the committee, representing the College and its many researchers who have received the Fund’s support for research projects advancing equine health and athleticism.