Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) announced the four winners of its ninth annual Advancement in PRRS Research Awards.  BIVI awarded $100,000 to support four separate studies by independent swine researchers and practitioners in their investigations of novel ways to diagnose, control and eradicate this costly swine disease.

To be considered, proposed PRRS studies were submitted and reviewed by members of a PRRS Review Board.  The selected PRRS studies for 2011 focus on four important areas of research: an assessment of PRRSv infection posed by transportation trailers; the effect of vaccine administered via exposure to saturated ropes; the potential for manure slurry to act as a reservoir and risk factor for PRRS virus survival and transmission; and a better understanding of PRRSv introduction risk by fomites into wean-to-market sites.

The four winning research proposals were selected based on established criteria that include potential for economic impact to the swine industry; originality and scientific quality; and probability of success in completing the study. The 2011 award recipients and their research proposals include

• Robert Morrison, DVM, Ph.D., University of Minnesota – An assessment of PRRSv infection risk posed by transportation trailers.

• Darwin Reicks, DVM, MS, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minn.  – A study to determine the effect of PRRS MLV vaccine given by exposure to vaccine-saturated ropes.

• Scott Dee, DVM, Ph.D., University of Minnesota – A re-evaluation of manure slurry as a reservoir and risk factor for PRRSv survival and spread between farms.

• Jim Lowe, DVM, MS, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd: Carthage, Ill. – A pilot study for the understanding of PRRSv introduction risk by fomites into wean-to-market sites.

Winners were recognized at the 2011 American Association of Swine Veternatians (AASV) Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

Randy Jones, DVM, Livestock Veterinary Services, Kinston, North Carolina, served on the PRRS Research Review Board and noted that all the submitted proposals for this year’s research award were unique in their approach and all very worthy of being chosen.

“The ongoing, comprehensive research in the area of PRRS control is essential for the industry to gain a greater understanding of the disease, its transmission and how to more effectively control and prevent disease,” Jones says. “It is because of research programs such as this one, and the diligent efforts of veterinarians and researchers, that we continue to find unique ways to prevent the spread of the disease and, hopefully, lead to its eradication.” 

Proposal entries for the 2012 Advancement in PRRS Research Awards are due Jan. 1, 2012. For more information visit

Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc