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Photo of Hall of Fame Horse StatueThe Equine Research Hall of Fame — Douglas F. Antczak

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Douglas F. Antczak
United States

Dr. Doug Antczak has been a leader in characterizing the equine Major Histocompatibility Complex genes and proteins and in unraveling the immunological relationship between mother and fetus in early pregnancy in the mare. During his career he has advanced understanding of the placenta, the immune system, and the genome of the horse.
Inducted October 2009.

Photo of Dr. and Mrs. AntczakBorn in 1947 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Dr. Antczak earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Cornell University in 1969, where he was a Cornell National Scholar, captain of the university polo team, and a member of the Quill & Dagger Senior Honor Society. After completing a degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, Dr. Antczak conducted post-graduate research in England as a Thouron Scholar, and he was awarded a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1978. In 1979 Dr. Antczak joined the scientific staff of the James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. In 1992 he was appointed as the inaugural Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Professor of Equine Medicine and, in 1994, Director of the Baker Institute, a post he held for 15 years. 

Dr. Antczak’s research has included studies of the equine chorionic girdle and endometrial cups of the equine placenta, the function of uterine lymphocytes, and alterations in maternal immune reactivity during pregnancy. Dr. Antczak has also been a major participant in the Horse Genome Project. Because of its relationship to human health, Dr. Antczak’s equine research program has been funded almost continuously by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Antczak has trained over 20 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, most of whom are veterinarians who have continued in research paths. Dr. Antczak also developed a program that has provided research experiences for more than 50 veterinary students over the past quarter century. This summer fellowship program has been a model for similar veterinary student research training initiatives at Cornell and elsewhere. Through a series of Havemeyer Foundation Workshops that he began over 25 years ago, Dr. Antczak has been a catalyst for cooperative equine research in the disciplines of reproduction, immunology, and genetics. 

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