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Silvia Wins Prize for Research Article

Dr. William Silvia of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky has been awarded the 2006 George Fleming Literary Prize by The Veterinary Journal. The prize commemorates the founder of the journal, Professor George Fleming, and is awarded for the research paper that is the most meritorious published in the journal during the year. The Veterinary Journal is a top-rated international scientific publication in veterinary science.

Silvia, along with his colleagues Ben Hatler, Susan Hayes and Dr. Les Anderson, published an article entitled "Effect of a single injection of progesterone on ovarian follicular cysts in lactating dairy cows" (The Veterinary Journal, 2006, volume 172, 329-333). Ovarian follicular cysts are a major contributor to reduced reproductive efficiency in lactating dairy cows. The research team found that a single administration of progesterone, early in the lifespan of the cyst, induced regression of the cyst. This treatment also was associated with resumption of ovulation in some cases. The results have the potential to increase reproductive efficiency in dairy animals.


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