LEXINGTON, Ky — The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center announced the 2022 inductees to the Equine Research Hall of Fame. This prestigious award is an international forum to honor outstanding achievements in equine research and those who have made a lasting tribute benefitting equine health. To celebrate this legacy, the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct four scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 26 at Kroger Field in Lexington.
Peers of the four individuals and past awardees nominated them for their outstanding achievements in equine research. The inductees are Lisa Fortier, Katrin Hinrichs, Jennifer Anne Mumford and Stephen M. Reed.
“In research, we always stand on the shoulders of those who go before us with great discoveries. This year’s recipients have made substantial contributions that will ensure an excellent future for equine research,” said Nancy Cox, UK vice president for land-grant engagement and College of Agriculture, Food and Environment dean.
“The success of Kentucky’s horse industry is inseparable from the decades of hard work by outstanding equine researchers,” said Stuart Brown, chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. “Though impossible to measure, it is a unique privilege to recognize the impact made by these four scientists in advancing the health and wellbeing of the horse and, on behalf of the entire equine community, show our appreciation.”
Over the past 30 years, Fortier has garnered an international reputation for significant contributions in equine joint disease, cartilage biology and regenerative medicine. She has focused her research on early diagnosis and treatment of equine orthopedic injuries to prevent permanent damage to joints and tendons. She is perhaps best known for her work in regenerative medicine, pioneering the use of biologics such as platelet rich plasma, bone marrow concentrate and stem cells for use in horses and humans. Fortier’s lab has also been instrumental in breakthroughs related to cartilage damage diagnosis and clinical orthopedic work. A testament to her impact is that 87% of U.S. equine veterinarians now use biologics for regenerative medicine in their equine patients.
Fortier earned her bachelor’s degree and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Colorado State University. She completed her residency at Cornell, where she also earned a Ph.D. and was a postdoctoral fellow in pharmacology. She now holds the James Law Professor of Surgery position at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and serves on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Racetrack Safety Standing Committee.
Hinrichs’ devotes her career to research primarily in equine reproductive physiology and assisted reproduction techniques. Specifically, her focus has included equine endocrinology, oocyte maturation, fertilization, sperm capacitation and their application to assisted reproduction techniques.
Hinrichs’ 40 years of research have led to several significant basic and applied research achievements. The applied accomplishments include producing the first cloned horse in North America and developing the medical standard for effective intracytoplasmic sperm injection and in vitro culture for embryo production in horses. She has mentored more than 85 veterinary students, residents, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in basic and applied veterinary research. Her laboratories have hosted approximately 50 visiting scholars from throughout the world.
Hinrichs earned her bachelor’s degree and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of California, Davis. She completed residency training in large animal reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Anne Mumford
A posthumous inductee, Mumford earned international respect as one of the most prominent researchers of equine infectious diseases, in particular equine viral diseases. Her distinguished career at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, United Kingdom, began when she became the first head of the newly established equine virology unit. Her work focused on the leading causes of acute infectious respiratory disease in the horse, primarily equine herpesvirus and equine influenza virus, and to a lesser extent, Streptococcus equi, the causative agent of equine strangles.
Mumford made numerous significant contributions in these areas, including developing improved vaccines, diagnostics and international surveillance. She also helped establish research groups in the related fields of equine genetics and immunology.
During Mumford’s more than 30 year-career, she established the Animal Health Trust as one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the biology, epidemiology, immunology and pathology of diseases, including equine herpes rhinopneumonitis and equine influenza, as well as bacterial diseases, including Streptococcus and Clostridium.
Stephen M. Reed
Reed’s nominators credited him as “the last word in equine neurology.” Reed is widely recognized as one of the most prominent equine neurologists worldwide. His list of 180 peer-reviewed publications includes significant contributions to equine medicine, neurology, physiology and pathophysiology, and has earned him worldwide recognition throughout the equine community. He has shared in his achievements as a mentor and role-model for hundreds of aspiring equine practitioners.
“One of the most unique and refreshing things about Dr. Reed is he absolutely embodies the need and overlap of discovery science with clinical assessments to further our understanding of equine neurologic disease,” wrote Jennifer Janes, associate professor of veterinary pathology at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, in her letter of support for the nomination. “This mission has served as the foundation and pillars of his long career in equine veterinary medicine.”
Reed earned his bachelor’s degree and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from The Ohio State University. He completed internship and residency training in large animal medicine at Michigan State University.
Established in 1990, the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame honors international scientific community members who have made equine research a key part of their careers, recognizing their work, dedication and achievements. Nominees may be living or deceased, active in or retired from the field of equine research.
To join the Oct. 26 event, visit the Gluck Equine Research Center website for ticket information and event details.
— Holly Wiemers, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment