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Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease Recipients

2017

Dr. Carlos Vilalta, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

“Evaluation of tail pail fluid as an indication of PRRS virus status in the sow herd.”

Dr. Marie Rene Culhane, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

“Association of the presence of influenza A virus in pigs at weaning with post-weaning performance and cost of production.”

Laura Greiner, MS, PhD, Nutrition Director, Carthage Veterinary Service, LTD, Carthage, Illinois

“Effectiveness of early PRRS vaccination on improving wean to finish full value pigs.”

2016

Dr. Mike Murtaugh, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

“Pen-Side Respiratory Pathogen Identification”

Dr. Daniel Linhares, DVM, MBA, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames, IA

“Herd sensitivity of PRRSv-monitoring schemes on sow herds undergoing virus elimination”

Dr. Luis Ochoa, MS, Ph.D., Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions, Carthage, Illinois

“Determining the effects of PCV2 viremia qPCR status of piglets at birth on the response to PCV2 vaccine (CircoFLEX®) and subsequent viremia levels and overall growth rate, mortality and culls”

2015

Dr. Robert Morrison, DVM, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

A research project to evaluate the impact of PRRSv immune status at time of infection on time to stability (TTS) and time to baseline production (TTBP) in infected sow herds.

Dr. Beatriz Martinez Lopez, DVM, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

A study to evaluate the role of direct (i.e. animal contact) and indirect (i.e. airborne) transmission of different PRRSv genotypes within and between different swine production systems in the US.

Dr. Laura Greiner, Ph.D., M.S., Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions

A study to understand the actions and implications of people during unloading at lairage on PRRS/PEDV contamination of swine transportation equipment.

2014

Brad Leuwerke, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minn.

Effect of maternal PRRS immunity on the response of pigs to vaccination with a homologous modified-live vaccine and subsequent response to heterologous PRRS virus challenge.

Andres Perez, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.

Differentiating new PRRS virus incursions from resident virus strains.

Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, PhD, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Cleaning up oral fluid samples for improved diagnostics.

2013

Gil Patterson, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, MN

A study to evaluate electrostatic particle ionization technology to reduce the risk of PRRS infection.

Susan Detmer, DVM, Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

To conduct a pathologic evaluation of PRRS virus infection in fetal implantation sites.

Locke Karriker, DVM, M.S., Dipl. ACVPM, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

A study on the use of PRRS MLV vaccine to preserve antimicrobial efficacy during PRRS challenge.

2012

Brad Leuwerke, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minn.

A study on the effect of PRRSv vaccination of growing pigs on the severity of respiratory disease caused by a co-infection of PRRSv and Influenza. 

Mike Murtaugh, PH.D., University of Minnesota, St. Paul

A study on diagnostics to differentiate vaccine and field virus responses in PRRS elimination projects.

Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames

A study to assess the probability of detecting PRRSV in pen-based oral fluid samples from low prevalence populations.

Peter Schneider/Derald Holtkamp DVM, MS, Iowa State University, Ames

An evaluation of the effectiveness of sanitation procedures that rely on disinfection with Accel disinfectant without power washing and drying to reduce PRRS virus transmission via transport vehicles.

2011

Robert Morrison, DVM, PhD

University of Minnesota – A study on the evaluation of an alternative method for improving transport biosecurity.

Darwin Reickes, DVM

Swine Vet Center – A study on the effects of MLV vaccine given by exposure to vaccine-saturated ropes.

Scott Dee, DVM, PhD

Pipestone Veterinary Clinic – A study on the re-evaluation of manure slurry as a risk factor for PRRS virus survival and spread between farms.

Jim Lowe, DVM, MS

Carthage Veterinary Ltd. – A study on the risk of PRRSv introduction by fomites in wean-to-finish sites.

2010

Dr. Robert Morrison, DVM, PhD

University of Minnesota – A study to compare whole-herd exposure programs as an aid in eliminating PRRS virus from sow herds.

Paul Yeske, DVM

Swine Vet Center – A study to evaluate airborne shedding of PRRS virus in pigs following vaccination with Ingelvac® PRRS ATP in commercial production systems.

Mark Wagner, DVM

Fairmont Veterinary Clinic – Evaluation of aspirin for reduction of fever and improvement of performance in isowean pigs with uncomplicated PRRS virus infections.

2009

Dr. Darwin Reickes, DVM

Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota – A study on the effects of modified-live PRRS vaccine alone or in conjunction with killed-virus vaccines on late-term pregnant gilts.

Dr. Amber Stricker, DVM

Suidae Health and Production, Algona, Iowa – A study to determine whether there is a predictable degree of variability in PRRS virus ORF5 sequencing within and among state diagnostic labs.

2008

Dr. Paul Yeske, DVM

Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minn. – Does finishing barn ventilation type (curtain sided vs. tunnel) result in a greater risk factor for naïve herds to break with PRRS virus in the finishing phase?

Dr. Scott Dee, DVM, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. – An evaluation of PRRS virus aerosol biosecurity programs for warm weather.

2007

Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, Ph.D.

Iowa State University, Ames – research award to develop an inexpensive and convenient method for PRRS virus monitoring; to evaluate the stability of PRRS virus; and to develop guidelines for handling and diagnostic monitoring of oral fluid samples.

Dr. Derald Holtkamp, DVM, MS

Iowa State University, Ames – research award to conduct a cross-sectional study of PRRS-positive swine breeding herd sites to evaluate the association between risk factors and a case definition based on number and severity of clinical PRRS episodes.

Dr. Bob Morrison, PhD, MS

University of Minnesota – for his research proposal to estimate, quantify and compare PRRS virus transmission information between pigs of different PRRS vaccination status.

2006

Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, Ph.D.

Iowa State University, Ames – research award to evaluate the performance of several different diagnostic tests in detecting PRRSV in “meat juice” samples and determine if PCR-positive meat samples in convalescent animals contain infectious virus levels sufficient to infect other pigs that consume virus-contaminated pork. The results of the study will determine which tests are most accurate in diagnosing PRRSV in meat juice, which will be useful in surveillance and eradication programs, as well as analysis of pork from PRRSV-infected countries.

Dr. Claudia Munoz-Zanzi, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota, St. Paul – research award to study the sensitivity of PRRSV PCR for pooled serum and blood swab samples of boars during acute infection, which will be used to model and evaluate protocols for negative boar studs. The benefit of this study is to determine whether pooling is a valuable tool in monitoring protocols for PRRS-negative boars.

Dr. Scott Dee, DVM, MS, Ph.D.

Swine Disease Eradication Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul – research award to evaluate the impact of several variables on the accuracy of blood swabbing and jugular ventipuncture blood collection for the detection of peracute PRRSV infection in gilts. The results of the study will help improve detection of early PRRSV infection to preserve PRRSV-naïve nucleus farms, boar studs and downstream pig flow.

2005

Dr. R.B. Baker, DVM,

North Carolina State University-Raleigh, North Carolina – The Role of Stomoxys Calcitran (Stable Fly) in Transmission of PRRS from Recently Infected Pigs to Naive Pigs in a Controlled Model. Dr. Baker’s research contributed to a change in the swine industry to using insect netting on boar studs and multiplication farms.

Dr. Scott Dee, DVM, MS, Ph.D.

Swine Disease Eradication Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul – An Evaluation of a Filtration System for the Prevention of PRRSV Transmission by Aerosols. The current study is observing shedding and PRRS virus concentration in aerosols to help calculate PRRS virus concentration and shedding patterns in individual pig aerosols.

Dr. Paul Yeske, DVM

Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota – Using Tail Docking Blood Swabs to Monitor Piglet Status for PRRSV. Dr. Yeske’s research contributed to the use of the tail swab technique in piglets for the monitoring of sow herd porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome status/stability.

2004

Dr. Cameron Schmitt, DVM

Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, Pipestone, Minnesota – Production of Neutralizing Antibody Against PRRSV and Effect on Rate and Duration of Piglet Infection.

Dr. Scott Dee, DVM, MS, Ph.D.

Swine Disease Eradication Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul – An Evaluation of Protocols to Sanitize PRRSV Contaminated Commercial Swine Transport Vehicles in the Absence of Drying. Dr. Dee’s PRRS research will impact swine industry trailer inspections, trailer sanitation and trailer drying.

Dr. Kyoung-Jin Yoon, DVM

Iowa State University, Ames – Immunological Significance of PRRSV Antigenic Variation.

2003

Dr. Darwin L. Reicks, DVM

Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota – Timeline for Detection of PRRS in Semen by PCR Testing and Sensitivity of Pooling Samples. Dr. Reicks’ research on boar stud monitoring by PRRS PCR test compared semen, blood and rectal swabs and also tested the ability to pool samples to help understand timeline and differences during early detection, but first of all to stay negative against porcine reproductive and respiratory virus.

Dr. Scott Dee, DVM, MS, Ph.D., and Satoshi Otake

University of Minnesota, St. Paul – Assessing the Risk of PRRSV Transmission by Transport Vehicles. Dr. Dee’s research will help determine the concentration of PRRSV within a trailer interior that is required to infect susceptible pigs and evaluate transport vehicle sanitation procedures to prevent the transmission of PRRSV to susceptible pigs.

Dr. Robert Morrison, DVM

University of Minnesota, St. Paul – Controlling PRRS: The Use of GIS to Determine Area-based Prevalence and the Association between Proximity of Non-linked Herds and Percent Homology in Pig Farms. Dr. Morrison’s research has led to increased information on regional PRRS and laid the groundwork for regional eradication.

Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, Ph.D.

Iowa State University, Ames – Determination of the Infectious Dose for Transmission of PRRS Virus by Oral Exposure.

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