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Martin Andreas Vidal- Bachelor of Science (Meat and animal Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Surgical & Radiological Sciences


Research Focus

My research interests have primarily focused on the differentiation potential of equine somatic stem cells from different tissue types and their senescence characteristics. Our current work is investigating a novel in vitro tenogenic model based on a biological fibrin scaffold and its response to growth factor-induced functional enhancement. Our in vivo research has thus far focused on models for equine tendonitis as well as the efficacy of intravascular stem cell delivery techniques to injured soft tissues in the distal limb of the horse. The long-term goal is to optimize treatment modalities that use stem cells for regenerative tissue repair in horses affected with tendon and ligament injuries.

Specialty Focus

Equine lameness and imaging, orthopedic and upper respiratory diseases and surgery.


1992 B.S. Meat and Animal Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
1995 M.S. Meat and Animal Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
2000 B.V.Sc. Veterinary Medicine, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
2006 Equine Surgery Residency, Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US
2008 Ph.D. Veterinary Medical Science, Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US

Honors and Awards

2007 Storm Cat Research Career Advancement Award, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc.
2007 The Annual Resident Award, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians
2006 Third Place Award for Poster Presentation (Ph.D Graduate Student Category), Phi Zeta (Capter Tau) Research Emphasis Day, Louisiana State University
1990 Frank Barron Morrison Scholarship
1989 Patrick Cudahy Scholarship
1988-89 Dean's Honour List, University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Agricultural Sciences
1988 Wisconsin Livestock and Meat Council Scholarship


Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Dipl ACVS)
USDA Accreditation for Veterinary Services in California
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Investigation of cell and growth-factor dependent tenogenesis, (Principal Investigator), Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc.

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2012 Hagerty P, Lee A, Calve S, Lee CA, Vidal M, Baar K The effect of growth factors on both collagen synthesis and tensile strength of engineered human ligaments Biomaterials,
  • Link Icon 2012 Spriet M, Murphy B, Vallance SA, Vidal MA, Whitcomb MB, Wisner ER Magic angle magnetic resonance imaging of diode laser induced and naturally occurring lesions in equine tendons Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound,
  • Link Icon 2012 Sole A, Spriet MP, Galuppo LD, Padgett KA, Borjesson DL, Wisner ER, Brosnan RJ, Vidal MA Scintigraphic evaluation of intra-arterial and intravenous regional limb perfusion of allogeneic bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in the normal equine distal limb using 99mTc-HMPAO Equine Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2012 Vallance SA, Vidal MA, Murphy BG, Whitcomb MB, Spriet MP, Galuppo LD Evaluation of a diode laser for use in induction of tendinopathy in the superficial digital flexor tendon of horses American Journal of Veterinary Research,
  • Link Icon 2011 Vidal MA, Walker N, Napoli E, Borjesson DL Evaluation of senescence in mesenchymal stem cells isolated from equine bone marrow, adipose tissue and umbilical cord tissue Stem Cells Dev,
  • Link Icon 2011 Carrade DD, Owens SD, Galuppo LD, Vidal MA, Ferraro GL, Librach F, Buerchler S, Friedman MS, Walker NJ, Borjesson DL Clinicopathologic findings following intra-articular injection of autologous and allogeneic placentally derived equine mesenchymal stem cells in horses Cytotherapy,
  • Link Icon 2011 Spencer ND, Chun R, Vidal MA, Gimble JM, Lopez MJ In vitro expansion and differentiation of fresh and revitalized adult canine bone marrow-derived and adipose tissue-derived stromal cells Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2011 Waguespack RW, Burba DJ, Hubert JD, Vidal MA, Lomax LG, Chirgwin SR, Lopez MJ Effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy on desmitis of the accessory ligament of the deep digital flexor tendon in the horse Vet Surg,
  • Link Icon 2010 Genetos DC, Rao RR, Vidal MA Betacellulin inhibits osteogenic differentiation and stimulates proliferation through HIF-1a Cell Tissue Res,
  • Link Icon 2008 Vidal MA, Robinson SO, Lopez MJ, Paulsen DB, Borkhsenious O, Johnson JR, Moore RM, Gimble JM Comparison of chondrogenic potential in equine mesenchymal stromal cells derived from adipose tissue and bone marrow Vet Surg,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2011 Vidal MA, Lopez MJ: Adipogenic Differentiation of Adult Equine Mesenchymal Stromal Cells, Gimble JM, Bunnell BA, (ed), Adipose-Derived Stem Cells: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology. 61-75.