Despite years of hard work by scientists, researchers, practicing veterinarians, pork producers, animal health companies, and others, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) remains a costly, frustrating challenge to the global swine industry.
Each year, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc issues a call for proposals for the Annual Boehringer Ingelheim Advancement in PRRS Research Award Program. The deadline for submissions is January 1 of each year.
Boehringer Ingelheim will provide three U.S. $25,000 awards to the winning proposals for PRRS research in the NAFTA region. Candidates included graduate students, academic researchers, company or private researchers, and practicing veterinarians.
The 2011 Advancement in PRRS Research Awards recipients will be announced at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Objective: Examine practical methods of controlling, managing, and possibly eradicating the PRRS virus. The independent PRRS Research Review Board (PRRB) includes:
- Randy Jones, DVM, Livestock Veterinary Services, Kinston, North Carolina
- Luc Dufresne, DVM, Seaboard Farms, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
- Tim Loula, DVM, Swine Vet Center, P.A., St. Peter, Minnesota
- Bill Mengeling, DVM, PhD, Diplo. ACVM, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
- Daryl Olsen, DVM, AMVC, Audubon, Iowa
- Montse Torremorell, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Once the three winning year-long research projects are completed and submitted for peer review, PRRB will conduct a second evaluation. Upon acceptance for publication of his or her findings, the first place award recipient will receive an additional U.S. $5,000; second place, $3,000; and third place, $1,000.