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UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation
Names New Inductee to Research Hall of Fame

By Savannah Craddock

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 26, 2007) – The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct Edward L. Squires, director of the Preservation of Equine Genetics Program at Colorado State University, into the Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 8, 2007.

Squires is considered a pioneer in equine reproductive techniques and the non-surgical collection and transfer of equine embryos. As director of the Preservation of Equine Genetics Program, he has made significant contributions in foal birth from frozen embryo transplants and sex-sorted sperm, both of which have proven to be breakthrough contributions in the field of equine reproduction.

“I feel honored to be included in the great group of scientists represented in the Gluck Equine Research Hall of Fame. This is by far the greatest honor I have received and I am extremely appreciative to all of those individuals who supported my nomination,” Squires said.

Established in 1990 by the University of Kentucky Equine Research Foundation (now the Gluck Equine Research Foundation), the Equine Research Hall of Fame honors international scientific community members who have made equine research a key part of their careers, recognizing their work, dedication and achievements in equine research.

“Dr. Squires’ contributions to improving the breeding efficiency of both stallions and mares have revolutionized management practices throughout the equine industry,” said Robert Stout, Kentucky State Veterinarian. “To be recognized by his peers for induction into the Equine Research Hall of Fame reflects the quality and application of his research.”

Squires has also contributed to research in hormonal regulation of the estrous cycle, progesterone in pregnant mares, ultrasonography and the development of assisted reproductive techniques, including oocyte maturation, in vitro fertilization, embryo freezing and fertility of cooled and frozen semen.

The 60-year-old Morgantown, W.Va., native received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University and his doctorate in endocrinology and reproductive physiology at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his professorship at CSU, he was an assistant professor in animal science at the University of New Hampshire.

During his 10 years in the animal reproduction and biotechnology lab at CSU, he began to focus his research on horses. This focus led to milestones in research in artificial insemination, equine reproductive physiology and endocrinology, preservation of stallion semen and techniques for embryo transfer, preservation and manipulation.

Squires is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his research including the Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award; The George Stubbs Award; Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award; and Horse Person of the Year Award from the Colorado Horse Council. Beyond his research, he serves as the editor of the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science and has written 14 books and 19 additional book chapters.

The nominees to the Equine Research Hall of Fame can be living or deceased, active or retired in the field of equine research. Once they are nominated by peers, they are then reviewed and selected by the current living members of the Hall of Fame. The Equine Research Hall of Fame inducts honorees every two years. Past inductees include: W. R. Allen; John T. Bryans; William W. Dimock; Elvis R. Doll, Jr.; Harold Drudge; Phillip R. Edwards; Baltus J. Erasmus; Harold E. Garner; Oliver J. Ginther; Harold Hintz; Sir Frederick Hobday; Leo B. Jeffcott; Robert M. Kenney; Travis C. McGuire, Jr.; C. Wayne McIlwraith; Peter D. Rossdale; Clyde Stormont; and Sir Arnold Theiler.

The Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, on the University of Kentucky campus, is home to the Equine Research Hall of Fame. For more information, visit http://www.ca.uky.edu/gluck.
 

Contact: Robert Stout, 502-564-3956

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