Announcing the 2022 WSAVA Scientific Excellence Award

Dr Kenneth Simpson

Dr Kenneth Simpson, Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in the United States, will receive the 2022 award WSAVA Award for Scientific Achievement in recognition of his outstanding contribution, particularly in the fields of internal medicine and veterinary gastroenterology.

The award, given annually to an individual judged to have made a significant contribution to the field of small animal medicine, will be presented during this year WSAVA World Congress, which runs from October 29-31 in Lima, Peru. Dr. Simpson will present a lecture on the WSAVA award during the congress.

Dr Simpson graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh in 1984 and received a PhD in Gastroenterology from the University of Leicester in 1988. He completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and a residency in small animal medicine at The Ohio State University, before returning to the UK as a lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College in London.

In 1995, he joined the School of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell University. He is a graduate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine and past President of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society.

Dr. Simpson’s research interests focus on inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, host-bacterial interactions in health and disease, and culture-independent bacteriology.

His scientific contributions assessing the interplay between genetic susceptibility, microbiome, host environment and host immune system played a key role in his research team’s discovery of an invasive E. coli member (AIEC) and its role in granulomatous colitis in boxers. and French bulldogs.

It has also stimulated studies that implicate AIEC metabolism as a target for therapeutic intervention in people with Crohn’s disease and dogs with granulomatous colitis.

“When I was growing up in Scotland, my Uncle Gordon, an outstanding veterinarian and farmer, waited patiently while I learned to recognize sick sheep from healthy sheep, and instilled in me the intimate connection between the environment, the breeding and health,” said Dr Simpson. .

“His belief that I would make a good veterinarian launched me on a journey as rich as anyone could wish. To those who have mentored me as a clinician and scientist, and who have worked with me at the hospital and laboratory, thank you for your inspiration, encouragement and camaraderie.