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 industry.”
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 internal medicine.
“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 his efforts.”
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 effort.
“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.”
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