Excellence in Research Awards

AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award

Photo: Urs Giger

Dr. Urs Giger

Dr. Urs Giger received his veterinary degree from the University of Zürich, Switzerland, where he also pursued his doctoral thesis, initial clinical training and research postgraduate work. He completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Florida, and then he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania where he holds the endowed Charlotte Newton Sheppard Professor of Medicine chair.  He has a secondary professorship in small animal internal medicine at the University of Zürich as well as is professor of hematology at the Medical School University of Pennsylvania.  He is a Diplomate of the American and European College of the Veterinary Internal Medicine, as well as a Diplomate of the European College of Clinical Pathology. 

He heads the PennGen Laboratories and still sees his own patients and does bench work with students, residents and fellows.  His clinical and research expertise are in hereditary and hematologic disorders and transfusion medicine in cats and dogs.  His laboratories have been involved in the development of several molecular and in-clinic hematology tools and novel treatments.  He is chairing the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Hereditary Disease Committee and runs an online database on DNA tests for cats and dogs offered by laboratories worldwide. Among other awards, he was the recipient of the 2002 WSAVA International Scientific Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2007 International Bourgelat Award from the BSAVA for outstanding contributions to the field of companion animal medicine.

AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

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Dr. Ian Duncan

Dr. Duncan received his veterinary degree from the Glasgow University School of Veterinary Medicine and then his Ph.D. in experimental neuropathology. He then completed a two year fellowship on studies on recurrent equine laryngeal neuropathy. In 1977 he received a Fellowship from the Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society to work in the Department of Neurology, McGill University.  In 1981 he received the prestigious award, “Scholar of the Medical Research Council of Canada”.

In 1983 he moved to the University of  Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2013 he was appointed to a WARF Named Professorship, the Sir William Lee Weipers Professor of Veterinary Medicine. His research is in myelin development and disease of the central nervous system, and the promotion of myelin repair. He has over 160 peer-reviewed publications.

He has received many honors including Fellowships of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. He has received many awards including the WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement. He has been elected to two Hall of Fames at the National MS Society.

He has served on many scientific review sections including the NIH and is currently a member of the Grant Review Work Group of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). He serves on the Norwegian Stem Cell Advisory Board. He is the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Myelin Project. He is on the Editorial Board of the journal, Glia.