In the Press

HBLB Veterinary Bulletin
Autumn 2016 


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Reducing injury risk in National Hunt racing
European Trainer Issue 51 (Page 52-56)
By Richard Reardon


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Nature V Nurture - Research on Flat racing injuries
European Trainer Issue 50 (Page 52-56)
By Dr Kristien Verheyen and Dr Sarah Rosanowski



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The art of breathing - Do muscles of the respiratory system affect performance?
European Trainer Issue 49 (Page 23-26)
By Kate Allen


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HBLB Veterinary Bulletin
Autumn 2015 

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Hooves and Ground Surface - The impact of intentional shoeing interventions
European Trainer Issue 48 (Page 38-40)
By Thomas Witte

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Streptococcus zooepidemicus - The bug that can place bets
European Trainer Issue 47 (Page 38-40)
By Celia Marr, Andrew Waller & Josh Slater

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HBLB funded research in the press

eBEVA Congress Sessions

This year the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) returned to the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress as a proud sponsor of a number of sessions, including lectures on Racehorse Medicine, Juvenile Medicine, Genomics and Exotic Infections.

Dr Catriona Lyle, an HBLB scholar, gave a fascinating lecture in the HBLB sponsored session Racehorse Medicine on exercise-associated sudden death in Thoroughbred racehorses. A summary of the findings can be found here.

In the Juvenile Medicine sponsored session, Cormac Feeny presented the Thoroughbred Breeders Association funded research from the Royal Veterinary College on Lawsonia intracellularis - a bacterial disease affecting foal gastrointestinal health.

***All lectures from the sponsored sessions and the whole scientific programme are now available to view online at eBEVA - to view the HBLB sponsored sessions for FREE, sign up to eBEVA (takes 30 seconds) and select 'Free HBLB Thoroughbred' from the left side of your homepage***


The Thoroughbred - fine-tuned for speed
by Lewis Smith & Celia Marr  

To celebrate the 1st year anniversary of The Horse Comes First - the presentation showcasing the extraordinary physiology of a racehorse was shown to racegoers at Sandown Park in December.
  
Mark Bowen, once a Levy Board research scholar and now Equine Cardiologist and Vice President of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), talked racegoers through how the heart rate of a horse increases as exercise intensifies. Dr Bowen also highlighted how research funded by the Levy Board found that a big heart can be a factor in a racehorse's performance and ability.

Since 2000, British Racing, via the Levy Board, has invested over £27m in veterinary projects and education. This investment has helped to improve knowledge and understanding to prevent and manage injury and disease in all types of horses.


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Are we Prepared for African Horse Sickness?
The Horse.com October 27 2014
By Erica Larson
HBLB scholar Matthew Robin describes the risk of an AHS outbreak and steps to take should an outbreak occur at this year's BEVA Congress.

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HBLB Veterinary Bulletin
Autumn 2014

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HBLB Tendon and ligament research: Equine injury prevention and management
European Trainer Issue 46 (Page 43-47)
By Celia Marr

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Lateral Condylar Fractures: Preventative measures using MRI scanning
European Trainer Issue 41 (Page 46-48)
By Celia Marr

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Equine respiratory disease: A causal role for Streptococcus zooepidemicus
The Veterinary Journal 2014
By A. S. Waller

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A day at the races 
BioMed Central blog April 2014 (Hayley Henderson)
BMC Veterinary Research editorial adviser and VAC member Professor Chris Proudman, leads Grand National vet team and chats about improvements to equine welfare.

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Doping and diseases lead equine forum agenda
Racing Post online March 2014 (Katherine Fidler)
HBLB's Codes of Practice praised in the National Equine Forum for helping to educate breeders about the importance of disease control and eradication.

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Sprinter to join Denman in paddock for racecourse experience
Racing Post online February 2014
Writer Rodney Masters gives details of how HBLB funded research assisted Celia Marr (vet surgeon) with Sprinter's abnormal heart beat, through better understanding of how the heart works. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Horses set to gain health benefits from stem cell advance
The University of Edinburgh March 2014
By Jen Middleton, Press and PR Office

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Prestigious research award presented to HBLB researcher Dr Chavaunne Thorpe






Dr Chavaunne Thorpe, a researcher employed on a recently completed, HBLB funded, research project (Prj752) 'A combined engineering and molecular approach to study the initiation and progression of equine tendinopathy', has been awarded the prestigious Savio-L-Y. Woo Young Researcher prize. 

Chavaunne, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Liverpool, won the award in acknowledgement of her contributions to the field of connective tissue research and subsequent clinical applications in the category of biomechanics. As part of the prize, Chavaunne was invited to give a plenary lecture of her research at the annual meeting of the International Symposium of Ligaments and Tendons (ISL&T) in Arezzo, Italy, which was titled 'Fatigue loading causes a reduction in the ability of tendon fascicles to recoil'. 

The abstract of Chavaunne's research presented at the ISL&T can be found here.

Chavaunnes's research also follows on from the recently published paper relating to the HBLB funded research 'Helical sub-structures in energy-storing tendons provide a possible mechanism for effeicient energy storage and return'. View the article here


Equine influenza: Are we protecting our horses effectively
Equine Veterinary Journal November 2013
By C. M. Marr, D. Sellon & D. Mountford

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Tendon injuries: the future
Horse & Hound Oct 2013

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Understanding sudden death
Horse & Hound Oct 2013

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Worming study - resistance to dewormer a serious health threat
Equine Veterinary Journal July 2013
By ER Morgan, KJ Pickles, V Relf, BC McGorum, JB Matthews

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From racecourse to your horse 
Horse & Hound July 2013

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Why horses don't lag behind when travelling
Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder June 2013
VET FORUM: THE EXPERT VIEW
By Rob Pilsworth MA VetMB BSc(Hons) CertVR MRCVS

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50 years of veterinary science research
European Trainer Spring 2013

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National Equine Forum.  Controlling the spread of infectious disease
Racing Post online (Bloodstock).  March 2013
Report of presentation by Dr Richard Newton (AHT) and Mr Richard Lancaster (TBA) 

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Lateral condylar fractures.  Preventative measures using MRI scanning
European Trainer Spring 2013
By Celia M Marr BVMS MVM PhD DEIM DipECEIM MRCVS

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The importance of following the code
Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder March 2012
VET FORUM: THE EXPERT VIEW
By Rob Pilsworth MA VetMB BSc(Hons) CertVR MRCVS

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Why Levy Board funding is vital
Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder August 2011
VET FORUM: THE EXPERT VIEW
By James Tate BVMS MRCVS

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Other research information in the press



  
 
7 November 2012

Important laminitis research now available online
To help combat the prevalent and devastating condition of laminitis, the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) has made a collection of important research papers freely available online to both vets and horse owners. The papers include practical advice as well as the latest research, making up for the current shortfall of easily accessible information. The initiative has been made possible thanks to sponsorship from the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Trust.
Professor Celia Marr, equine clinician, RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Medicine and editor of the EVJ explains : “In view of the growing public interest in high quality science, there is increasing demand for easy, open access to journal articles via the internet, particularly on topics such as laminitis. In recent years, there has been an explosion of knowledge and new thinking about this devastating condition. We have also recognised that some of the old-fashioned remedies, such as standing in cold water, have sound science behind them. I hope that horse owners who are unfortunate enough to have come across laminitis will find this new online resource valuable.”
The EVJ laminitis virtual issue, comprising 15 original research articles on topics including the role of insulin, the effects of cryotherapy and the regulation of epidermal stem cells in affected horses, is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1001/%28ISSN%292042-3306/homepage/laminitis__recent_advances_and_future_directions.htm. In addition the issue contains several articles from international experts commissioned by the EVJ, on important aspects of laminitis including causes, treatment, prevention and future research projects.
Contributors to this special issue include world-leading equine veterinary and research experts on the subject of laminitis: James Belknap, Ray Geor, Samuel Black, James A. Orsini from the USA, Andrew  van Eps from  Australia and Nicola Menzies-Gow from the UK. Subjects covered include the present state and future of laminitis research, endocrinological aspects of the pathophysiology of equine laminitis, sepsis-related laminitis, supporting limb laminitis and progress towards effective prevention and therapy for laminitis.
The EVJ has a long history of promoting laminitis research. In 2004, the publication produced a special issue dedicated to laminitis and since that time significant numbers of articles on laminitis have been published every year.

Professor Marr concludes: “We hope that this special laminitis virtual issue will provide the rigour and quality of information that many horse owners are now seeking, to help them to understand and deal with this condition as effectively as possible.”