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Researchers/Alumnus inducted into Equine Hall of Fame

by Jenny Blandford

Antczak Nixon Mayhew

Four scientists were inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame on October 25 at Keeneland Race Course by the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. Two of the inductees are professors at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and a third is an alumnus.

Douglas F. Antczak (left) and Alan J. Nixon (center) of Cornell University, along with alumnus I.G. Joe Mayhew (right) of Massey University, and Peter J. Timoney of UK's Gluck Equine Research Center, were selected for their contributions to equine science and research. Nominated by their peers and colleagues, the four individuals were selected by past Hall of Fame inductees.

“On behalf of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation board, I would like to congratulate this year’s inductees,” said Walter Zent, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. “We were fortunate to have many excellent nominees who have dedicated their lives to equine research.”

Connecticut native Antczak, the Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Professor of Equine Medicine at the James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health, joined the staff in 1979. In 1994, he became the director of the Baker Institute for Animal Health, a post he held for 15 years. For the past 30 years, Antczak has conducted research in equine immunology, genetics and reproduction. For more than 15 years, Antczak was also a major participant in the Horse Genome Project.

“It is a tremendous honor to be inducted into the University of Kentucky's Equine Research Hall of Fame,” Antczak said. “I feel very privileged to be associated in this way with so many outstanding scientists who have devoted their careers to advancing the health and well-being of the horse.”

Nixon is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory and the JD&ML Wheat Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Laboratory at Cornell University. His clinical work and teaching at Cornell focus on musculoskeletal injury and repair, with a specific interest in regenerative medicine. He also has an adjunct appointment as professor at Colorado State University.

Nixon has authored more than 280 papers and book chapters, two texts on equine orthopedics and is a member of numerous veterinary organizations. He currently has a five-year $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant. He also serves as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration panel on Cell and Gene Therapy.

“What an extraordinary honor to be recognized among such giants in equine research,” Nixon said. “I doubt I measure up to many in the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame, but I am humbled by this prestigious nomination, and thank the many driven people in my research career who have asked the questions and helped me seek the answers.”

Mayhew, who earned a PhD in 1978 at the College, focuses on studying neurological disorders in horses in New Zealand and worldwide, is a founding graduate of Massey Veterinary School and currently assists in training future veterinarians at Massey. Mayhew has an interest in equine medicine and comparative neurology and has spoken on these subjects in a variety of countries.

Equine Research Hall of Fame nominees can be living or deceased, active or retired in the field of equine research. Established in 1990, the Equine Research Hall of Fame honors international scientific community members biennially who have made equine research a key part of their careers, recognizing their work, dedication and achievements in equine research.

The Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, on the University of Kentucky campus, is home to the Equine Research Hall of Fame. For more information, visit