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Harold E. Garner
United States
Dr. Harold E. Garner has dedicated his distinguished research career to one which benefits both horse and human. A modest, gentle man, Dr. Garner was a major factor in the development of an equine research program at the University of Missouri’s Middlebush Equine Center which today enjoys both national and international recognition.
Inducted December 1992.

His greatest scientific contributions are in equine laminitis, equine endotoxemia and cardiovascular research. Further evidence of his far-reaching impact lies in the young investigators, trained in his lab, who have gone on to develop their own successful research careers.

Dr. Garner was born in Eldorado, Kansas. He received his D.V.M. degree in 1962 and an M.S. degree in veterinary pathology from Kansas State University in 1964. In 1971, he received a Ph.D. in cardiovascular physiology and biomedical physics from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Garner was an equine practitioner in the 1960s before launching his academic and research career in 1965 at the University of Illinois. From 1968 to 1971, Dr. Garner was an assistant professor and special research fellow at Baylor. In 1971, he assumed his present position as professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, and as research investigator, at the Dalton Research Center, University of Missouri.

Research carried out by Dr. Garner and his co-workers has unraveled many of the complex events in the development of acute equine laminitis. His findings in this area are frequently cited.

Dr. Garner is a pioneer in equine endotoxemia research. With Dr. R.F. Sprouse, he was the first to study immunotherapy with anti-core antigen endotoxin antibodies in horses. Together, they developed a vaccine to prevent the fatal effects of systemic endotoxin in the horse.

The treatment of endotoxemia in human patients has been linked to Dr. Garner’s equine research.
In addition, Dr. Garner has received NIH funding for cardiovascular research, in which the pony is utilized as a model for human myocardial infraction with emphasis on the collateralization of blood flow following ischaemic events.

Dr. Garner is the author or co-author of more than 150 papers. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Missouri Heart Association, American Physiological Society, American Society of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Society of Veterinary Anesthesiology, Alpha Zeta, Phi Zeta, Omega Tau Sigma, and Sigma Xi. He is the recipient of both the 1986 Beecham Research Excellence Award and the first Bolshoi Equine Research Award, 1987.

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