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Research on Swine Respiratory Diseases Beyond PRRS Now Eligible for Funding

06 November 2015
Boehringer Ingelheim

US - Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) continues to challenge the swine industry, both in management and profitability, but it’s not the only respiratory disease attacking producers’ bottom lines.

The Respiratory Disease Research Board (formerly the PRRS Research Review Board), with financial support from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), is pleased to announce an expansion of the Research Award program to include additional respiratory pathogens.

Beginning in 2016, the Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease (formerly PRRS Research Awards) will also be open to research projects related to porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2), Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S). This is the first time in the board’s history that projects covering diseases beyond PRRS will be considered.

“We recognize that there are a host of other respiratory disease challenges besides PRRS that impact production and performance,” says Dr Daryl Olsen, AMVC veterinarian and member of the Respiratory Disease Research Board.

“This expansion is exciting because it shows our commitment to meeting the industry’s broad needs for ongoing, applicable swine respiratory disease research.”

Practicing veterinarians and researchers seeking a Research Award need to submit a proposal by January 1, 2016. Additional instructions and submission forms are available at under ‘Download Forms.’ Three $35,000 awards will be available.

Over the last 12 years, Research Awards totaling $1 million supported development of less costly, additional diagnostic testing and sampling processes, identified more effective biosecurity practices, sought to better understand PRRS virus transmission and developed risk assessment tools, therapeutic intervention programs and vaccination strategies. The program is supported through funding from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI).

“The threat from swine respiratory diseases is always evolving, so ongoing research is necessary to find new and better solutions to problems that reduce production and profitability,” says Dr. Reid Philips, technical manager, BIVI.

“When it comes to PRRS and the other diseases now eligible for the Research Awards, experience has proven the value of supporting swine disease science through the Research Award program.”

For more information on the Respiratory Disease Research Board and the Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease program, visit

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