Suchodolski Received Prestigious EEC Award
October 19, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, TX - The European Emesis Council (EEC)
presented Dr. Jan Suchodolski, clinical assistant professor and
associate director of the GI lab at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), with the award
for 2009 Best Publication in Small Animal Gastroenterology for his
research article: "The effect of the macrolide antibiotic tylosin
on microbial diversity in the canine small intestine as
demonstrated by massive parallel 16S rRNA gene sequencing." The
award was presented at the European College of Veterinary Internal
Medicine-Companion Animals (ECVIM-CA) congress in Toulouse, France
on September 11. The award was presented to Suchodolski by EEC
member Dr. Reito Neiger and Dr. Karine Savary-Bataille from Pfizer
Animal Health, which supports the Council both financially and
Suchodolski is the second recipient of this award as it was
initiated last year. Criteria are reviewed by members of the EEC in
all publications of small animal gastroenterology, and a piece is
chosen based on the following: originality, clinical applicability,
and pertinence to small animal medicine. The winner receives a free
entrance to the ECVIM-CA congress.
EEC consists of a group of leading veterinary specialists from
the European Union who meet several times a year to review and
discuss current issues that are relevant to canine emesis. EEC's
goal is to contribute toward improved professional understanding of
canine emesis because it is a common symptom for many health
The purpose of his study was to evaluate the effects of Tylosin,
an antibiotic that is successful in treating chronic diarrhea in
canines, but its exact effects and mode of action remain unknown.
Suchodolski notes that his results did not provide the answers they
were looking for, because their findings discovered that the
bacteria within the intestines are much more complex and are on a
larger scale than was previously recorded.
"After doing the research we learned that every animal has an
individual response to Tylosin," explained Suchodolski. "We used to
look at bacteria using culture methods; however what we now know is
that culture is completely underestimated to total bacteria counts.
The more we studied, the more we realized that there is more to
learn to understand gastrointestinal microbial ecology. Even though
we did not find the result we had intended to, this research
changed our perspective, and it helped us to re-focus our efforts
so we can continue with a more specific approach."
Suchodolski received his D.V.M. from the University of
Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria in 1997 and he received his
Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology from Texas A&M University in
2005. Suchodolski joined the CVM as a research assistant in
"I am speechless to have received this award," said Suchodolski.
"The panel was comprised of several renowned clinicians and
gastroenterologists and I feel honored that they voted for our
manuscript. I feel honored and elated."
Dr. Reito Neiger, EEC member,
presented the award to Dr. Jan Suchodolski
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