Boehringer Ingelheim is seeking porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) research proposals from pig veterinarians and researchers by January 1, 2014. PRRS costs US pig producers more than $664 million annually in lost production and collaborative scientific research continues to be the industry's best hope for finding new ways to mitigate this devastating disease.   

For the past 11 years, Boehringer Ingelheim has contributed $75,000 annually through its Advancement in PRRS Research Award to fund three selected research studies.

"After more than 20 years, PRRS continues to be a major disease challenge for swine veterinarians and producers. While we still do not have all of the answers, we have learned a lot about the virus during this time, including how it is transmitted and how to better control it," says Michelle Sprague, DVM, president-elect of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. "I believe collaborative practical field research will provide valuable information and insight to help us achieve our goal of eradicating PRRS." 

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For its 2014 PRRS Research Award, the company is again seeking study proposals from swine veterinarians, diagnosticians and public and private veterinary researchers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Selected research studies are designed to investigate new ways to diagnose, control and eradicate one of the world's most costly swine diseases.

Research Award recipients will be announced at the AASV annual meeting in Dallas, Texas next March. Proposals will be reviewed by an independent scientific board and awarded based on established criteria including potential economic impact to the swine industry, originality and scientific quality and probability of success in completing the year-long study.