Witonsky's research is a good example of translational research underway in the college. Translational research involves strong collaborations between basic and clinical scientists and seeks to rapidly develop solutions for pressing animal and human disease problems. The discoveries that are being made in Witonsky's laboratory are easily transferable to the examining room. Veterinarians are able to take the knowledge gained from Witonsky's research and use it to diagnose and treat horses that are afflicted with EPM.
Witonsky was nominated for this prestigious award by David S. Lindsay, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology and internationally recognized veterinary parasitologist. " Witonsky is a tireless researcher and fully deserves the recognition that would come from the Pfizer Award," wrote Lindsay in the nomination, adding that Witonsky "is a role model for veterinary students and young faculty."
Witonsky said she is very honored by this recognition of her work, however, she adds, she is also hopeful that her greatest work is still "yet to come." She credits her collaborators, who include Lindsay; Robert Gogal Jr., associate professor, immunology, Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Robert Duncan Jr., associate professor, pathology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology; Yasuhiro Suzuki, associate professor, molecular immunology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology; Virginia Buechner-Maxwell, associate professor, Clinical Services / Medicine / Equine and Production Management Medicine, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences; Frank Andrews, professor, large animal internal medicine, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
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