Professor Urs Giger Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2020

Professor Urs Giger, an Endowed Professor of Medicine for the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the Lifetime Achievement award as part of one of the largest and most distinguished veterinary awards in the world, the International Canine Health Awards.

Professor Giger was awarded the accolade in recognition of his lifelong work, which spans across four decades and has been dedicated to the study of clinical haematology in dogs, hereditary diseases and genetic predispositions, and transfusion medicine, the results of which have helped impact Kennel Club testing among many breeds.

Many of Professor Giger’s investigations have involved the discovery of new disorders, the development of new specific diagnostics and the introduction of new and improved therapies in dogs. His studies have advanced clinical transfusion therapy and blood banking in dogs and helped make canine transfusion practical and safe. In addition, he has also been the lead investigator and PennGen Laboratory Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant on Animal Models of Human Disease for the past three decades.

Professor Giger has published more than 250 peer-reviewed original articles and more than 500 research abstracts. He was also the initiator and organiser of the International Canine and Feline Genetics and Hereditary Disease Congress which has been held every other year for the past two decades.

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