Boehringer Ingelheim Funds PRRS Research

Laura McNamara

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.As the swine industry continues raising awareness for the need of porcine reproductive and respitory syndrome, or PRRS, Boehringer Ingelheim continues its annual PRRS research award program. The year marks the sixth year of Boehringer Ingelheim’s funding of PRRS research.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) is again seeking research study proposals on the topic of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) for the 2008 PRRS Research Awards. For the last five years, BIVI has contributed $75,000 annually through its Advancement in PRRS Research Awards, which funds three selected research programs. The 2008 research program is open to swine practitioners, diagnosticians and public or private researchers in the United States, Canada and Mexico to investigate new ways to diagnose, control and eradicate this costly swine disease. Proposals are selected by an independent review board based on established criteria including: economic impact to the swine industry, originality and scientific quality and probability of success in completing the year-long study. The selected BIVI Advancement in PRRS Research Awards winners are recognized each year during the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) conference. Since 2003, BIVI has awarded more than $300,000 in PRRS Research Awards. The 2007 recipients include: Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, PhD, Iowa State University, Ames; Derald Holtkamp, DVM, MS, Iowa State University, Ames; and Bob Morrison, PhD, MS, University of Minnesota. These research studies were selected for their ability to find practical and effective solutions for helping veterinarians and producers enhance technology for practical application in the management and possible eradication of PRRS. Proposals were submitted by graduate students, academic researchers, companies and private researchers, as well as practicing veterinarians.

To participate in the Advancement in PRRS Research Awards, send a complete proposal submission on a year-long research project by Jan. 1, 2008. Please include and mail a cover sheet, Curriculum Vitae and two letters of recommendation to:

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Attn: Trudy Luther
“The Advanced PRRS Research Award”
5506 Corporate Dr., Suite 1600
St. Joseph, MO 64507-7752 USA

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