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Prof Chris Pollitt - Director of the AELRU
Prof Chris Pollitt - Director of the AELRU

Professor Chris Pollitt – BVSc (Massey) PhD (Qld)

Chris Pollitt graduated Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University, New Zealand in 1968 and was a practising veterinary surgeon in New Zealand, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland until commencing PhD studies in the Physiology Department of The University of Queensland. His PhD on the Genetic Variation of Equine Plasma Proteins was awarded in 1984 the year that Chris joined the School of Veterinary Science as the lecturer in equine medicine. He has developed an international reputation in the field of equine foot biology and disease pathogenesis principally because of his work on ‘laminitis' the most important disease of the horse's foot and the biggest killer of horses after colic. To generate a critical mass of research personnel Dr Pollitt, in 1996, created the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit, which has become internationally competitive having attracted, in the last 8 years, over $2 million in research funding including a current $120,000 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation grant entitled “Laminitis preventive and therapeutic strategies”. With the mission of "Elucidating the mechanism of laminitis to make laminitis a preventable disease" the unit has become an international focus of laminitis and equine foot biology research. Four post doctorate fellows have worked in the unit since 1996. At present, Dr Pollitt is supervising/co-supervising 7 PhD MPhil students and has previously successfully supervised 10 BVetBiol/MVSc/PhD postgraduate students.

Dr Pollitt has 61 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and 71 conference proceedings.
On invitation he has written chapters on equine lam initis in modern textbooks of equine medicine and lameness. His own textbook Colour Atlas of the Horse's Foot has been reprinted four times and has been published in German, Japanese and Spanish editions. In 2001 he wrote the 110 page textbook “Equine laminitis” published by the RIRDC. In 2001, he was invited ed to give a prestigious 4 hour master class on Equine Laminitis at the British Equine Veterinary Association annual scientific meeting and repeated this performance for the American Association of Equine Practitioners congress in 2003. He has enthusiastically promoted the name of The University of Queensland and its School of Veterinary Science in the 15 countries where, on invitation, he has presented his equine laminitis research findings. He is a foundation member of the organizing committee of the biannual International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot. In 1997 Chris was inducted into American Farriers International Hall of Fame for his contributions to education on the horse's foot. In 1997 he received the RIRDC-Vetsearch Equine Research Award as Equine Researcher of the Year for laminitis studies and in 2003 received the Pfizer Scientific Award.


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Laminitis Research at the Australian Equine Laminitis Research
Unit - Part 1

Laminitis Research at the Australian Equine Laminitis Research
Unit - Part 2

Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit


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