Michael Murtaugh wins Swine Research Awards funded through the Respiratory Disease Research Board and the AASV Foundation
The Respiratory Disease Research Board with support from Boeringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) has awarded Dr. Michael Murtaugh for his "Pen-Side Respiratory Pathogen Identification," study. Dr. Murtaugh was also awarded from the AASV Foundation for his "Toward Animal Challenge-Free Prediction of Vaccine Efficacy" study. Chuck Zimmerman with Animal.AGWired interviewed Dr. Murtaugh who said his research is focused on pig health, particularly how pigs respond to infection. He noted they have done a lot of work in the PRRS virus since PCV2 emerged in 2006 and PEDv. “In general, we’re trying to understand how pigs respond immunologically to viral infection because we think that information has value in understanding the mechanisms that underlie protective vaccine impacts, and it tells us what about the virus needs to be targeted for effective protection.”-Murtaugh.