Whilst this year’s ceremony was unable to go ahead in the wake of the2019冠状病毒疾病pandemic, the 2020 winners have been awarded their respective prize money and invited to next year’s event to receive their commemorative plaques.
Professor Dr Tosso Leeb, awarded £40,000 for the International Award
After hearing of his award, Professor Leeb said: “It is a great honour to receive this award, which recognises the impact of clinical genetic research for canine health and provides a huge motivation for me to intensify this line of research. It is immensely gratifying to see that the results of our research are valued by dog breeders and owners and help to advance breeding programs for healthier dogs.
Dr Valeria Bergomi, awarded £10,000 for the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award
Dr Bergomi received the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award to help further expand her research and work in canine diabetes and anatomic pathology.
Diabetes mellitus affects a large number of dogs and Valeria’s current project is mainly focused on identifying the immune cell population surrounding and infiltrating pancreatic islets in dogs, in order to hopefully advance targeted treatments that will prevent islet destruction. Dr Bergomi has already identified changes within the canine pancreas that will help to increase understanding in this area.
After winning the award, Valeria commented: “I am incredibly proud of having won this award. It is definitely an amazing opportunity to further my research in the field of canine diabetes.
Dr Sarah Helps awarded £1,000 for the Breed Health Co-ordinator Award
The recipient of the International Canine Health Award’s Breed Health Coordinator of the Year was recognised for her dedication and commitment to improving the health of the Deerhound, a breed she has been involved with for over 40 years. Her passion for the breed has seen her support veterinary research into dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in order to improve understanding, early diagnosis and prevention, and she initiated a longitudinal study into the prevalence of DCM in UK Deerhounds in 2015.
As part of this study, 99 Deerhounds were scanned and are being monitored throughout their lives, with the results of the study currently undergoing peer-review, in order to potentially form an official basis for future breed screening of Deerhounds. Early diagnosis means that treatment for heart disease can be started early, as well as enabling affected Deerhounds to be screened prior to breeding.
The money from the award will help to resource a geneticist and technician for further DNA development, as well as potentially subsidising further heart testing at future shows.
获得奖项后，莎拉说：“我真的很兴奋赢得这一着名奖。在我和我的同事在Deerhound Health Group，特别是Emily Dutton，RCVS认可的专家上，它是非常满意的，尤其是艾米莉·杜尔顿的心脏病学的专家，他们已经如此乐于助人。
“I very quickly fell in love with Deerhounds over 40 years ago because of their extraordinary grace and beauty, combined with great power and speed and their most generous loyal character. I feel particularly proud to have coordinated and assisted in the completion of the research project into heart disease affecting this wonderful breed, alongside Emily Dutton, and identifying the echocardiographic measurements in the Deerhound. The project has very much been a team effort and without the support of Deerhound owners, donations from the Deerhound Club and Bev Doyle, this heart study would never have been possible.”
ICHA小组主席、犬舍俱乐部慈善信托基金会（Kennel Club Charitary Trust）的受托人安德鲁·希金斯博士（Dr Andrew Higgins）说：“我们很高兴表彰这四位敬业的专业人士，他们对改善犬类健康和福利的热情和承诺。
“These winners have demonstrated their dedication to raising awareness, knowledge and understanding of canine diseases and thoroughly deserve the awards they have been honoured with today. We want to thank them for their contribution to improving dog health – they are truly an inspiration.”
Vernon Hill, founder and chairman emeritus of Metro Bank, and whose major gift underwrites the International Canine Health Awards, said: “Congratulations to all the 2020 International Canine Health Award winners. As the one of the largest global veterinary awards, we are pleased to recognise such inspirational individuals who are working tirelessly to improve the health and welfare of canines, all across the world.”