AAVLD Innovation in Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine Grant

Innovation Grant Recipients     


AAVLD and Thermo Fisher Scientific Announce Recipients of Innovation in Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine Grant Program 

The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) andThermo Fisher Scientific joined forces to promote a new grant program in support of innovation in veterinary diagnostics.  The call for proposals received an enthusiastic response and a large number of high quality applicants.  During the Annual Meeting in San Diego, the grant winners were announced.

The grant recipients are:

Laura B. Goodman, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
High-throughput tick-borne disease detection by nanoscale PCR
The goal of Dr. Goodman’s research is to develop a nanoscale PCR testing panel covering all major tick-borne disease pathogens in North America, which could be shared with other labs to improve assay harmonization.
Christie Mayo, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University 

Novel, translational, multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and genetically characterize high consequence pathogens affecting animal health                                                                                                    

The goal of the Colorado State University team’s research is development of a novel molecular method based on next generation sequencing to systematically investigate bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and bovine abortion (BA) cases. The improved methodology will be designed to gain a significantly clearer picture of the polymicrobial nature of BRD and BA. 

“It’s important to our industry to continue to strive forward with important research by innovative individuals in our field and to never stop searching for scientific breakthroughs,” said Dr. Pat Halbur, 2016-17 President of the AAVLD. “We hope the research generated by this grant will help diagnosticians keep their labs on the leading edge of technology and improve efficiency and profitability.”

“We congratulate our winners and are excited and proud to support cutting-edge research that aligns with our mission to drive creative solutions that will push the boundaries of animal health diagnostics and help our customers make the world healthier, cleaner and safer,” said Martin Guillet, global head and general manager of AgriBusiness at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The grants were awarded at the AAVLD Annual Conference in San Diego in October. Proposals were evaluated based on innovativeness, potential for broad impact on veterinary diagnostic medicine, clarity of the proposal, quality of the science, and likelihood that the research can be completed within a year.