Pharmacology grad student wins national research award for presentation on bovine disease

December 07, 2007

MANHATTAN, KAN. -- Dr. Brandon Reinbold, Manhattan, a graduate student in pharmacology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, has received the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine Award at the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease meeting Dec. 2 in Chicago.

The award was for Reinbold's presentation, "Diagnosis of bovine anaplasmosis following iatrogenic infection."

Reinbold's research includes a first-of-its-kind study to evaluate blood concentrations of chlortetracycline following administration in feed concurrently with elimination of anaplasmosis infection in cattle. Chlortetracycline is a primary treatment for bovine anaplasmosis, which is the most prevalent tick-transmitted disease of cattle in the United States. Anaplasmosis is estimated to cost the U.S livestock industry more than $300 million per year. Cattle that recover from acute anaplasmosis, including those treated with antimicrobials, develop lifelong infections that preclude export to Canada.

"The goal of our research is to be able to identify and distinguish between Anaplasma marginale and Anaplasma phagocytophilum infections," Reinbold said. "I'm also examining the association between drug concentrations and efficacy of three chlortetracycline treatment regimens for the elimination of persistent Anaplasma marginale infections in cattle."

"Dr. Reinbold's research will provide livestock producers in Kansas and elsewhere with an accurate diagnostic tool for identifying anaplasmosis carriers earlier in the prepatent period of infection and science-based recommendations on eliminating persistent infections," said Dr. Hans Coetzee, assistant professor of clinical pharmacology at K-State.

"It is a pleasure to be a co-mentor on Dr. Reinbold's project," said Dr. Roman Ganta, K-State professor of microbiology. "The award is a good reflection for his hard work and commitment for learning."

Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, said, "Research is a vital part of our mission in the college. Dr. Reinbold's research will have very practical applications, so we are very proud when such work is recognized by our peers and industry leaders."

Reinbold, originally from Oak Grove, Mo., earned a bachelor's degree in animal sciences in 1999 and a doctor of veterinary medicine in 2003, both at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases is a nonprofit organization that discusses and disseminates the most current research advances in animal diseases. At the organization's annual meeting each November or December, scientists from around the world present their recent research in oral or poster presentation formats. The meeting averages 600 in attendance and 325 presentations.

Graduate students, industry and academic professionals present and discuss the most recent advances on subjects of interest to the organization and of importance to the global livestock and companion animal industries. The oral and poster abstracts of new and unpublished data presented at the meeting sessions are published each year in the organization's proceedings. The meeting has eight sections for research reports: bacterial pathogenesis, biosafety and biosecurity, epidemiology and animal health economics, food and environmental safety, gastroenteric diseases, immunology, vector-borne and parasitic diseases, and viral pathogenesis.

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