USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation are proud to recognize Dr. Mark Jackwood as the 2014 recipient of the annual Charles Beard Research Excellence Award. The award is named for Dr. Charles Beard, former director of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory and retired vice president of research at USPOULTRY. 

The USPOULTRY Foundation Research Advisory Committee selected Dr. Jackwood for this prestigious award based on his exceptional work to advance the understanding and control of infectious bronchitis.  During the course of his research, Dr. Jackwood has received numerous research grants from USPOULTRY which helped him develop new infectious bronchitis vaccines, introduce new methods for classification of the virus and promote improved methods for controlling the disease.

"Dr. Beard's long and productive career is an inspiration, and I have a lot of respect for him. I am truly honored to receive this award that bears his name. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has been very supportive of our research program over the years, and I am extremely grateful for the support and for this recognition," commented Dr. Jackwood.

"Dr. Jackwood's research is a great example of how USPOULTRY research funds can be directed to understanding and solving an important problem for the poultry industry. The quality of Dr. Jackwood's research is outstanding, and it is very fitting to see his work recognized by the Charles Beard Research Excellence Award," remarked Dr. Glisson, vice president of research programs for USPOULTRY.


Dr. Jackwood received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Delaware and his PhD degree from Ohio State University. He joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1989 and now serves as professor and head of the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia. He is widely recognized as one of the world's top experts on infectious bronchitis virus, and his research has broadly impacted the control of the disease on a global basis.

The goal of the Charles Beard Research Excellence Award is to recognize outstanding completed research projects, funded by USPOULTRY or the USPOULTRY Foundation, which have made a significant positive impact on the poultry industry. As the recipient of the award, Dr. Jackwood received a $1,500 cash prize.  The award was presented to him during the International Poultry Scientific Forum by Dr. Beard and Dr. John Smith, Fieldale Farms Corporation, and chairman of the Foundation Research Advisory Committee.