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GRAYSON-JOCKEY CLUB FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH STATE IN RESEARCH EFFORT

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has committed $56,400 as an equal partner with the State of Kentucky in funding a far-reaching research project on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS). The offer was made at a meeting of a Governor's Task Force on MRLS, and Gov. Paul Patton's office later announced the state's agreement to co-fund the project. The Governor has been keenly involved in following the tragic and economically severe pattern of early and late fetal loss in Kentucky this year, and requested that the state fund its $56,400 from Kentucky's portion of the tobacco-settlement money. The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board was formed to determine how to distribute those funds.

The $112,800 project thus being funded by Grayson-Jockey Club and the State of Kentucky was developed by Dr. Noah Cohen, a noted epidemiologist at Texas A & M University. The Foundation had earlier funded an initial fact-finding trip to Kentucky, during which Dr. Cohen met with personnel from the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, and the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners, etc. Dr. Cohen is assembling a team, including Dr. Vincent Carey, assistant professor of biostatistics at the Harvard Medical School.

This team, working with Kentucky personnel, will seek to characterize clinical disorders that caused the fetal loss, identify causal factors, and formulate a plan for preparation, control, and prevention in the future. The schedule calls for analysis by early in 2002, in time for farm managers to benefit from increased knowledge prior to the spring.

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