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Washington, D.C., January 25, 2017 – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Edward B. Breitschwerdt from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) as the recipient of the 2017 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award. Selected by a committee of peers, the honor designates Dr. Breitschwerdt as the outstanding veterinary medical researcher of the year.
The AAVMC Board of Directors established the annual research award in 2010 to recognize outstanding research and scholarly achievements in the field of veterinary medicine. It recognizes an individual who, over the course of his or her career, has demonstrated excellence in original research, leadership in the scientific community, and mentoring of trainees and colleagues in any discipline of veterinary medicine.
"The AAVMC is pleased to recognize outstanding educators and researchers through our annual awards program," said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "The people who earn these awards are true paragons of professional excellence in academic veterinary medicine. They make extraordinary contributions to the world around them, and they inspire others with their achievements.”
Dr. Breitschwerdt is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at NCSU-CVM and adjunct professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center. He directs NC State’s Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory in the Comparative Medicine Institute, one of the world’s leading research laboratories on vector borne diseases, particularly human and animal bartonellosis. His research focuses on proving the link between biting insects and hard-to-culture intravascular and intracellular organisms, as well as creating reliable diagnostic testing methods.
His laboratory is currently exploring the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which chronic infection with vector borne pathogens lead to disease, including human disease.
Dr. Breitschwerdt helped found Galaxy Diagnostics to make his novel testing methods available for humans and has 12 invention disclosures and one patent.
His leadership and scientific contributions have been recognized with several prestigious awards and commendations. He has been awarded the Ruth L. and Ned E. Huffman Leadership Award from the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Waltham International Award for Scientific Achievement, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence, the NCSU Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award, and the Holliday Medal, North Carolina State University’s highest award.
In addition to authoring numerous book chapters and proceedings, Dr. Breitschwerdt’s research group has published more than 350 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a Diplomate of the ACVIM and a former associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Breitschwerdt earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Georgia.
His award will officially be presented at the AAVMC's 2017 Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, March 10-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia and Mexico.
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