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Hi, I'd like to share details about an outstanding international hoof care researcher. Among the many accomplishments accrued my this scholar and researcher, toward the end of the article note that he was, "In 1997 Chris was inducted into American Farrier’s International Hall of Fame for his contributions to education on the horse’s foot. " And also, "In 1997 he received the RIRDC-Vetsearch Equine Research Award as Equine Researcher of the Year for laminitis studies and in 2003 received the Pfizer Scientific Award." And many more accomplishments mentioned throughout the article.

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Professor Christopher C. Pollitt
Chris Pollitt graduated BVSc from Massey University, New Zealand in 1968 and was a practicing veterinary surgeon in New Zealand, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland until commencing PhD studies in the Physiology Department of The University of Queensland. His PhD on the Genetic Variation of Equine Plasma Proteins was awarded in 1984 the year that Chris joined the School of Veterinary Science as the lecturer in equine medicine.

He has developed an international reputation in the field of equine foot biology and disease pathogenesis principally because of his work on ‘laminitis’ the most important disease of the horse’s foot. To generate a critical mass of research personnel Dr Pollitt, in 1996, created the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit, which has become internationally competitive having attracted, in the last 8 years, over $3 million in research funding including a current $110,000 Australia Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation grant entitled “Laminitis treatment by regional drug delivery to the horse’s foot".

With the mission of "Elucidating the mechanism of laminitis to make laminitis a preventable disease" the unit has become an international focus of laminitis and equine foot biology research. Five post doctorate research fellows have worked in the unit since 1996. At present, Dr Pollitt is supervising/co-supervising 4 PhD MPhil students and has previously successfully supervised 12 post graduate students.

Prof Pollitt has 73 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and over 100 conference proceedings. On invitation he has written chapters on equine laminitis in modern textbooks of equine medicine and lameness including Ross and Dyson’s 2010 ‘The diagnosis and Management of lameness in the Horse 2nd Ed.. His own textbook Colour Atlas of the Horse’s Foot has been reprinted four times and has been published in German, Japanese and Spanish editions. He is under contract to produce a second edition, in text book format, entitled “The illustrated horse foot”. In 2009 he revised the RIRDC publication “Equine laminitis – current concepts” https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/08-062; and has subsequently co-authored with Katie Watts “Equine Laminitis - Managing pasture to reduce the risk” - https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/10-063; co-authored with Brian Hampson “Improving the Foot Health of the Domestic Horse: The relevance of the feral horse foot model” - https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/11-140; co-authored with Longbin Huang “Transfer of Weeds to Queensland Native Forests by Horse Faeces” - https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/11-109; and co-authored with Melody de Laat “Insulin induced laminitis – an investigation into the disease mechanism” - https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/11-116

In 2001, he was invited to give a prestigious 4 hour master class on Equine Laminitis at the British Equine Veterinary Association annual scientific meeting and repeated this performance for the American Association of Equine Practitioners congress in 2003. As an invited speaker he has contributed to both Havemeyer Foundation workshops on Equine Laminitis in 2007 and 2012. He has enthusiastically promoted the name of The University of Queensland and its School of Veterinary Science in the 19 countries where, on invitation, he has presented his equine laminitis research findings.

He is a foundation member of the organisng committee of the biannual International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot. In 1997 Chris was inducted into American Farrier’s International Hall of Fame for his contributions to education on the horse’s foot. In 1997 he received the RIRDC-Vetsearch Equine Research Award as Equine Researcher of the Year for laminitis studies and in 2003 received the Pfizer Scientific Award. The Ian Clunies Ross Award for outstanding contributions to veterinary science in Australia and New Zealand was awarded in 2006 and in London, the same year, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers for services promoting scientific understanding of the horse foot.
Professor, Queensland University. Laminits and anatomy expert.
BVSc (Massey) PhD (Qld)


Employment History

Professor, Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit

Professor of Equine Medicine, The University of Queensland

Member, Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit, The University of Queensland

Director of the Australian Laminitis Research Unit, The University of Queensland

Lecturer In Equine Medicine, School of Veterinary Science

Equine Medicine, University of Queensland Veterinary School

Professor, Queensland University

Equine Lameness Researchers, Queensland University

U. of Queensland , Australia

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit - Founder

AELRU - Founder, Director

Foot - Foundation Member of the Organizing Committee

Education

  • PhD
  • commencing PhD studies, Physiology Department
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Massey University
 

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I'm sorry, had the wrong podcast. Dr. Pollitt's episode is Mar. 12 2020 on the American Farriers Journal podcast. I'm practically computer illiterate, but if you google afj podcast they show a listing
 

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Thanks. Got it. Close to bedtime. I will listen tomorrow. Thanks!

 

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The podcast is an incredible tale of history. And sobering in a way to hear how many people dedicated their lives work to the study of laminitis. Pretty amazing. And I'm sure there are many more stories about research of other animals including humans. So much has been learned in just the last decade or two.
 
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