Applications for the 2013 ABCD (European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases) and Merial Young Scientist Clinical and Research Awards (AMYSA) can now be made until March 1, 2013.

The deadline for applications for the 2013 ABCD (European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases) and Merial Young Scientist Clinical and Research Awards (AMYSA) has been extended until March 1, 2013.

ABCD logoThe awards aim to reward innovative and outstanding work by promising young professionals in the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology.

Two awards will be presented, one for research, the other for basic clinical investigation. The jury will decide to which category a submission should be assigned.

Candidates should have made an original contribution to the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology, which has been published or accepted for publication in a referenced journal or accepted by another assessing body in 2011 or later. Candidates should be based in Europe (EU or EFTA country), have completed a veterinary or biomedical curriculum, and be 35 years of age or younger.

Marian C. Horzinek, ABCD chairman and president of the jury, said: “Several good applications have already been received. However, we would like to allow more candidates to apply for this prestigious award.”

2012 AMYSA winnersThe awards (€1,000 each) are funded by Merial and will be presented by the ABCD at the ISFM World Feline Veterinary Congress, to be held in Barcelona from June 26-30, 2013. Winners will be expected to give a short presentation or present a poster of their findings at the event.

The recipients of the 2012 awards were Céline Robert-Tissot (Zurich University, Switzerland) who received the basic research award for her work entitled “The innate antiviral immune system of the domestic cat”, and and Bianca Stützer (Munich University, Germany) whose submission, “Role of regressive feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) infection in cats with non-regenerative bone marrow suppression or lymphoma”, won her the clinical research award.

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