Today the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) announced a donation of $10,000 through its Equine Research Fund to the Morris Animal Foundation in support of research being conducted by Morris Animal Foundation Fellow Dr. Alix Berglund at North Carolina State University.
|Morris Animal Foundation |
Fellow Dr. Alix Berglund
In Dr. Berglund’s words: “Stem cell therapies have the potential to improve the outcome of severe and potentially life-ending musculoskeletal diseases in horses, including those of the distal limb and foot. In particular, stem cells have shown promise for the treatment of deep digital flexor tendon lesions associated with navicular syndrome and for the treatment of laminitis.” Ideally, however, stem cell therapy should be administered as soon as possible following the time of injury or identification of the initial signs of disease, but since donor cells can be killed by the recipient horse’s immune system if perceived as foreign, the use of this promising treatment is currently limited.
Roxanne Davis, Director of Organizational Giving for Morris Animal Foundation, acknowledged the impact of the AFA’s grant: “The Foundation is deeply appreciative of the American Farrier’s Association’s investment in regenerative therapy research which holds great promise for improving the lives of horses. Together, we are advancing equine health by supporting the development of new treatments for devastating diseases and injuries.”
The AFA’s Equine Research Chairman, Doug Russo, CJF and resident farrier at Iowa State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, directed the review process for selection of this research.
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Read more about Dr. Berglund's research at North Carolina State University
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