Friday, March 27, 2009

Gulfstream Park’s Barbaro Foundation Names Its Three Winners for 2009

Gulfstream Park, in conjunction with the University of Florida, has named Erica Rosen and Megan Murphy Lamb winners of its annual Florida Derby Scholarship and Astrid Groshe winner of the Barbaro Scholarship.

Ms Rosen and Ms. Lamb will each receive $12,500 as winners of their scholarship, and Ms. Grosche will receive $5,000 for her award.

The Florida Derby Scholarship is awarded to two fourth-year UF veterinary students committed to a career in equine medicine and surgery. The Barbaro Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student in equine veterinary research at the university. The scholarships are part Gulfstream Park’s Barbaro Foundation, which awards outstanding achievement at the University of Florida’s (large animal) College of Veterinary Medicine.

The three winners will be on hand at Gulfstream Park Saturday, Florida Derby Day, where their achievements will be honored in winner’s circle ceremonies after the fifth race.

Ms. Lamb grew up on her parent’s thoroughbred breeding farm in Reddick, Fla., and started riding at an early age.

In addition to attaining an “HA” rating in US Pony Club, she competed successfully for many years in hunters and eventing. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University, earning a B.A. in Classical Studies with a minor in Biology. While at Colgate, she participated in animal-behavior research projects in both Thailand and Belize.

She has been an active member of the student chapter of AAEP and UF colic team during her time in veterinary school.

After attaining a DVM degree from the University of Florida in May, she will complete an internship at the New Jersey Equine Clinic in the interest of working toward board certification in either equine surgery or medicine.

Originally from New Paltz, N.Y., Erica Rosen graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University in 2005 with a degree in Animal Science and will be awarded her DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine this May.

She grew up with horses, showing hunter/jumpers throughout the northeast, then went on to become captain of Cornell's Varsity Equestrian Team. During her undergraduate years, she worked alongside equine veterinarians in private practice as well as in the clinical research field. Erica entered the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with plans to become an equine practitioner and has been active in equine clubs and activities.

During her time at UF she has also worked closely with surgical faculty on a research project pertinent to the equine athlete. She plans to return to her horseshow roots and looks to pursue the field of sport-horse medicine, focusing on lameness, diagnostic imaging and surgery. Upon graduation, she will be starting an internship at Fairfield Equine and Associates in Connecticut.

After finishing an apprenticeship at a dairy farm in 1986, Astrid Grosche studied Biology with specialization in Neurobiology and Veterinary Medicine at Leipzig University in Germany, and graduated with a veterinary degree in January 1997.

In 2001, she completed her doctoral thesis on “Colic in Horses: A Retrospective Study at the Department of Large Animal Medicine of the University Leipzig (1994-1998).”

She went on to work as a scientific collaborator and as a scientific assistant in the Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine at Leipzig University with specialization in Veterinary Internal Medicine and Clinical Laboratory Medicine. In addition to her interests in pulmonary, renal and neurological disorders, her studies were predominantly focused on gastrointestinal diseases in horses.

Accordingly, her research focused on the diagnosis and pathology of gastrointestinal inflammation. The results of her research were presented at the 7th and 8th International Equine Colic Research Symposium in 2002 and 2005, and at the European College of Equine Internal Medicine in 2005.

In 2006, she was awarded a grant from the Max-Kade-Foundation in New York, an American-German Scientific Exchange Foundation that supported her stay as a research scholar at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine from 2006 - 2007. In 2008, she became the Deedie Wrigley-Hancock Equine Colic Research Fellow in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s PhD graduate program.

She has authored and coauthored 14 original publications and abstracts, and has presented her results at the AGA Institute International Conference “Gastrointestinal Response to Injury“ in Quebec in 2007, the 9th International Equine Colic Research Symposium in Liverpool, England in 2008, and the American College of Veterinary Surgeon Meeting in San Diego in 2008.

She will continue her studies on inflammation, cell death, and tissue repair during ischemia and reperfusion focusing on the mechanisms initiating the inflammation, and the influence of inflammatory cells and apoptosis on the severity of mucosal injury in horses.

The Barbaro Foundation’s namesake was the 2006 Florida Derby winner who went on to win the Kentucky Derby, then suffered a broken leg at the start of the Preakness. He made fans throughout the country and his battle for recovery captured the nation’s hearts over the next several months. He succumbed to laminitis, a complication that arose from the fracture, in January, 2007.

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