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Epidemiologist Receives Research Award

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June 10, 2011

Ian Gardner, BVSC, MPVM, PhD, a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, has received the 2011 Pfizer Animal Health Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.

The award recognizes exceptional productivity in recent research that has attained or is likely to attain national recognition.

Since becoming a member of the faculty in 1988, Gardner has performed outstanding research in epidemiology, particularly in regard to infectious diseases of livestock. His work includes the validation of diagnostic tests and their use in developing strategies to manage diseases. He has published more than 230 scientific papers.

Gardner has also been a key collaborator on such important issues as Johne's disease, lameness and breakdown injuries of racehorses, impacts of protozoal diseases on ecosystem health, and viral diseases transmitted by Culicoides midges such as bluetongue disease in sheep and African horse sickness.

Gardner's contributions to science have been recognized by his peers, who have repeatedly selected him for numerous national and international committees on livestock health research and policy.

One of Gardner's contributions to the school has been his long-time involvement in and leadership of the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree program.

Gardner was recognized at the annual spring faculty reception June 9.