Current Projects

New HBLB Veterinary Science Research and Education Awards that started in 2020

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) veterinary science and education 2020 programme included the following. 

Nb the suspension of the grant application round in 2020 means that there will be no new projects starting in 2021.

Major Projects

Subject area

Project title

Institution

Infectious Disease

Tackling the threat of emerging MDR Rhodococcus equi: genomics, evolution, control  

Edinburgh

Virology 

Identifying equine genes with anti-influenza activity 

Glasgow 

Respiratory Disease

Identifying genes required for Streptococcus zooepidemicus to colonise the equine respiratory tract

Cambridge 

All three major projects are being supported by the Racing Foundation. 

Small Projects

Subject area

Brief description

Institution

Infectious Disease 

Understanding the potential for pathogen spread between racing and non-racing horses.

RVC 

Infectious disease

Evaluation of a combination of furosemide, benazepril and digoxin for treatment of African Horse Sickness: a pilot study.

RVC

Respiratory Disease

Development of an automated image-analysis platform to measure histological changes in the respiratory tract of the horse. 

Glasgow

Infectious Disease

Culture-free detection of commensal and pathogenic multidrug resistant bacteria in faecal samples from hospitalised horses.

Cambridge 

Infectious Disease 

Dissecting antibody responses in acute and persistent equine Hepacivirus A infections to inform future vaccine design.

Nottingham

Orthopaedics

Back pain in the racing thoroughbred; the prevalence and impact on training in the UK setting -a trainer’s survey.

RVC

Anaesthetics

Development and validation of a novel local anaesthetic technique for minimally invasive back surgery in horses – a cadaveric study.

Edinburgh

Reproduction

 

Aneuploidy in equines causes a variable phenotype including: early pregnancy loss, abortions, still birth and neonatal deaths, and developmental disorders.

RVC

Health Monitoring

Enhancing the biosecurity toolkit: validating a novel equine temperature sensor device.

Private practice

Musculoskeletal Science

Investigation of the structure and cargo of extracellular vesicles from mesenchymal stem cells used for treatment of osteoarthritis in horses.

Liverpool

Orthopaedics

Coordination dynamics in racehorse-rider dyads trotting over turf, synthetic and tarmac surfaces.

RVC

Reproduction

Are thoroughbred breeding stallions exposed to reproductive perturbing environmental chemicals?

Nottingham

 

 

Brief description

Institution

Post Doctoral Fellowship 

Equine Influenza Virus impact on long term respiratory health 

Edinburgh

Post Doctoral Fellowship

Exploring mechanisms of autologous biological therapies for tendon injury repair in the horse 

Liverpool

 

Last Updated: 12 April 2021