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COLLEGE STATION, TX - Dr. Noah Cohen, Professor of Large Animal
Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has been recognized as
the recipient of the 2008 Schering-Plough Animal Health Applied
Equine Research Award at the 10th World Equine Veterinary
Association (WEVA) congress in Moscow, Russia.
Cohen received his award Jan. 28 in recognition of his extensive
research in the field of equine neonatology and perinatology. Most
recently, Cohen has focused his efforts in collaboration with Drs.
Ronald Martens and Keith Chaffin (and others from the CVM and other
institutions and practices) to study Rhodococcus equi foal
pneumonia - a major cause of disease and death in foals.
"Dr Cohen's selection recognizes the quality of his research and
its clinical relevance to the health of foals," said Dr. Warwick
Bayley, past president of WEVA.
WEVA was founded in 1985 and has a principal mission of
advancing the health and welfare of horses everywhere by promoting
and offering continuing education for equine practitioners from
less developed countries.
"Our research in this area is a team effort aimed at controlling
and preventing pneumonia caused by R. equi," said Cohen.
"It is my belief and hope that by examining risk factors for this
illness and novel approaches to treating it, we will provide
information to help control and prevent this devastating form of
pneumonia that is of considerable importance to the equine
Cohen has been involved in epidemiology and infectious disease
research since receiving his PhD in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins
University in 1988. He received his VMD from the University of
Pennsylvania in 1983 and spent two years in private equine
practice. After completing a residency at Texas A&M in 1991,
Cohen was offered a position as Assistant Professor in equine
"Dr. Cohen has made significant contributions to our equine
medicine program," said Dr. H. Richard Adams, dean of the College
of Veterinary Medicine. "We are proud of his accomplishments and
are pleased that he has received this distinctive recognition for
In addition to an honorarium that covered his expenses for
attending the Congress, Dr. Cohen also gave a lecture on his latest
research. Although he was the individual recognized with the award,
Cohen is quick to point out that it was far from an individual
"No one does research alone," Cohen said. "Good ideas come from
sharing expertise; creativity generally requires crossing
disciplines. I've been blessed to have wonderful collaborators,
both within my department and others in the college. There is an
atmosphere of collegiality among veterinary researchers here at
Texas A&M that is exceptional."
Cohen also expressed thanks to Large Animal Clinical Sciences
department head, Dr. William Moyer, for championing his cause.
"Awards don't just happen," said Cohen. "Dr. Moyer championed my
cause, and without his efforts, I'd be reading about who won this
prize. This award reflects his selfless generosity in helping his
faculty succeed and earn recognition."
Angela G. Clendenin
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