Equine researcher's efforts recognised

November 9, 2009

Dr Steeve Giguère

A University of Georgia professor of veterinary medicine has received an award for his research achievements.

Dr Steeve Giguère's research centres primarily on the pathogenesis of infectious disease in foals, specifically Rhodococcus equi, as well as antimicrobial therapies and the clinical monitoring of foals with severe infections.

Other areas of interest include comparative immunology, cardiology and respiratory disorders.

He received the Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Applied Equine Research Award for his research achievements, presented at the 11th World Equine Veterinary Association Congress.

Giguère has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, contributed to 19 book chapters and co-authored a book, "Antimicrobial therapy in veterinary medicine, 4th edition."

He has made more than 60 presentations both at scientific meetings and to lay people. Giguère has managed nearly $US1 million in grant funding in the last nine years, and has served as major professor or on the committees for 12 graduate students.

"Dr Giguère is a talented researcher, teacher, and clinician - a genuine triple threat," said Dr Andrew Parks, department head, large animal medicine, in his nomination letter.

"His work on Rhodococcus equi infections has contributed to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of, and immune response to R. equi infections in foals, and has led to improved approaches for diagnosis, treatment and control of infection caused by this devastating pathogen.

"His publication record clearly demonstrates his abilities as a researcher, a research mentor, and a collaborator."