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AAVMC Names Recipient of 2018 Excellence in Research Award

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Washington, D.C., February 2, 2018
– The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Colin Parrish, the John M. Olin Professor of Virology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, as the recipient of the 2018 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award.

Selected by a committee of peers, the honor designates Dr. Parrish 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.

Dr. Parrish is an internationally renowned virologist and a leading expert in the details of virus-host interaction. His studies into the properties that allow viruses to cross species and produce new outbreaks have demonstrated the importance of understanding animal viruses and their role in disease emergence. His work has resulted in several notable discoveries and advances, including elucidating how parvovirus capsids interact with host cells and tissues and how naturally occurring variant viruses gain the ability to infect new host cells.

"Award winners like Dr. Parrish represent the very best of what thousands of outstanding educators and researchers bring to their work every day in our member institutions,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We’re pleased to be able to recognize him for his outstanding achievements and contributions through our awards program and look forward to honoring Dr. Parrish publicly during our 2018 annual conference.”

Dr. Parrish is the author or co-author of more than 170 peer-reviewed publications or book chapters.

At Cornell, he has mentored more than 20 undergraduate research students and more than a dozen doctoral or post-doctoral students or post-DVM fellows. He also previously served as the director of Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health and Feline Health Center.

“There is no doubt that Colin is an outstanding and highly creative scientist with a truly global reputation and someone who has transformed our understanding of how viruses emerge in new hosts,” said Dr. Edward C. Holmes, a professor of biology and medicine at the University of Sydney, who was one of the people who nominated Dr. Parrish for the award. “Through his careful and dedicated work on canine parvovirus (CPV), and more recently canine influenza virus (CIV), Colin has risen to the forefront of studies of the molecular biology and evolution of emerging animal viruses.”

Dr. Parrish is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Society for General Microbiology, and the American Society for Virology.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Massey University in New Zealand and a doctoral degree in Veterinary Virology from Cornell University.

His award will be officially presented during the AAVMC's 2018 Annual Conference and Assembly, March 2-4, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Washington 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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