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Diagnostics Part of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center’s mission is to conduct cutting-edge research that creates new knowledge for the well-being of the horse. Since the center’s inception, faculty members have played a key role in the development of both Marquis, the first FDA-approved treatment for Equine Protozoal Myelitis, and GastroGard, a treatment for gastric ulcers, as well as advances in laser surgery, joint disease, and treatments for lameness, colic, tumors, tendon and ligament injury, and antibiotic therapy. Private philanthropy has spearheaded the expansion of research facilities at the center, and a new molecular research complex is currently being constructed.

Following are highlights of research that is currently underway at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (in alphabetical order):

  • Jennifer G. Barrett, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR - Dr. Jennifer Barrett has performed research in the areas of fatigue fracture, bone adaptation, ligament degeneration, stem cells and tendon progenitor cells. Her research interests include tendon and ligament healing, osteoarthritis and tissue regeneration. (To view a list of Dr. Barrett’s selected publications, visit Dr. Barrett’s bio page.)
  • Martin O. Furr, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVIM – Dr. Martin Furr has performed research on EPM (Equine Protozoal Myelitis) and completed the clinical trials here for Marquis®, the first FDA-approved treatment for the disease. Dr. Furr’s research interests include equine neurology, immunology and neonatology. (To view a list of Dr. Furr’s selected publications, visit Dr. Furr’s bio page.)
  • Kenneth E Sullins, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS - Dr. Ken Sullins, as the center’s first surgeon in 1984, pioneered techniques in laser surgery for upper airway problems and equine tumors. Dr. Sullins’ research interests include upper airway, laser surgery and subchondral bone cysts. (To view a list of Dr. Sullins’ selected publications, visit Dr. Sullins’s bio page.)
  • Nathaniel A. White, II, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS – Dr. Nat White is a world-renowned expert in colic. The textbook, the Equine Acute Abdomen, he authored and edited in 1990, is being updated for publication in 2008. Dr. White’s research interests include pathophysiology of ischemia-reperfusion, epidemiology of colic, abdominal and orthopedic surgery, and treatment of orthopedic diseases. (To view a list of Dr. White’s selected publications, visit Dr. White’s bio page.)