Anna Dahlgren has been awarded the Lois R. Rowan Fellowship

The Center for Equine Health is proud to announce that Ph.D. candidate Anna Dahlgren has been awarded the Lois R. Rowan Fellowship by the California Thoroughbred Foundation.

The Center for Equine Health is proud to announce that Ph.D. candidate Anna Dahlgren has been awarded the Lois R. Rowan Fellowship by the California Thoroughbred Foundation.  Anna is working with Drs. Fern Tablin and Carrie Finno in the UC Davis Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate group to analyze the underlying genetic basis of Atypical Equine Thrombasthenia (AET).  This heritable platelet dysfunction affects one in every 150 Thoroughbreds and causes epistaxis (i.e. nosebleeds) and prolonged bleeding from injury. The potential role for this disorder in Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage, a devastating disease of Thoroughbred racehorses, could drastically alter the way the Thoroughbred racing industry prevents and treats this important disease.

Following graduate school, Anna plans on continuing in academics and becoming a principal investigator dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field of animal genetics.  She has a long-standing interest in improving the health of Thoroughbred racehorses and hopes to contribute to the Industry which Louis Rowan was passionate about.  

The Louis R. Rowan Fellowship, which is funded by donations from the Oak Tree Racing Association, was established in memory of one of the California Thoroughbred Foundation’s founders.  In addition to being a noted racehorse owner and breeder, Lou Rowan was active in many areas that benefitted people and horses in the Thoroughbred world.

He and Carrie Waite were invited to name the newest foal at the Center for Equine Health. Welcome “Dun Sailyn!”

Over the years, the T.S. and K.D. Glide Foundation has also contributed a state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine, funding towards two new ultrasound machines, and recently a lightweight digital radiography unit for the veterinary hospital and Equine Field Service. Their generosity further supports the efforts of our clinicians and students to provide the best care possible to our animal patients, and more rapid diagnosis especially critical in emergency circumstances. More than 700 radiographic studies have been performed in the field over the past seven years, thanks to their foresight and support.

“We are grateful for the partnership with the T.S. and K.D. Glide Foundation,” Dean Michael Lairmore said. “The trustees are clearly devoted to animals, advancing veterinary medicine and providing learning opportunities for hundreds of our veterinary students and residents.