Céline Robert-Tissot and Bianca Stutzer have won the 2012 ABCD and Merial Young Scientist Awards (AMYSA).

Céline Robert-Tissot and Bianca Stutzer have won the 2012 ABCD and Merial Young Scientist Awards (AMYSA).

Awarded during the international ISFM European Congress in Budapest, the 2012 award for basic research was presented to Dr Robert-Tissot for her work entitled “The innate antiviral immune system of domestic cats”.

Céline Robert-Tissot and Bianca StutzerMarian Horzinek, chairman of the European Board on Cat Diseases, presented the award then lauded the amount of hard work and experimental sophistication contained in the study.

Prof Horzinek said: “The jury based its decision on the submitted material and also on past performance in research, the number and quality of supporting publications and the respective journal impact factors.

“The winning study was well structured and indicated possible applications.”

The 2012 AMYSA for clinical research was presented to Dr Stutzer from the Medizinische Kleintierklinik of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

Her work was called “Role of regressive feline leukaemia virus infection (FeLV) in cats with non-regenerative bone marrow suppression or lymphoma”.

Dr Stutzer’s study found that only 5% of cats with non-regenerative cytopenia and none (0%) with lymphoma or leukaemia had been regressively infected by FeLV.

Jury member and ABCD vice-president, Albert Lloret, said: “Conclusions of her work will be highly appreciated by general practitioners.”

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