Japanese horses in winter


Horse Genome Project


International Equine Genome Mapping Workshop
The 8th Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation International Equine Genome Mapping Workshop took place near Newmarket, UK from July 22 to 25, 2009...[more]

Writers at the Louisville Courier Journal recently won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for journalism based on an article about Thoroughbred racing and break-downs. They published a 3 part story, including genetics, track surfaces and medications. In connection with the genetics section they interviewed several members of the Horse Genome Project. See the accompanying links for the full stories on the 2008 Media Eclipse Award and the article itself.

Courier-Journal Web site wins award for horse project
Genetics may hold key to Injury-prone horses
[December 2008]

The first draft of the horse genome sequence was recently completed and deposited...
[JAVMA News, April 2007]

Data on Equine Genome Freely Available to Researchers Worldwide
[NIH News, February 2007]

The first genome map of a horse is complete, providing scientists with new tools for investigating equine disease. [ April 2006]



Map of Participating Investigators in Asia


T. Hasegawa

Telhisa Hasegawa
Chief Researcher: Equine Research Institute, Japan

The Japanese love horses and this is nowhere more apparent than in the support they provide for horse research.  Telhisa and his colleagues have been active in building the gene map and using it to investigate horse behavior, fertility and performance. 



T. Tozaki

Teruaki Tozaki
Scientist, Laboratory of Racing Chemistry, Japan

The Laboratory of Racing Chemistry (LRC) is the organization for doping and pedigree test for all racing horses in Japan. I was captain of a horse back riding team at my university, and now train jumping and dressage for the lab's horseback riding team. Recently I have become interested in the secrets of performance of racing horses.

K. Imakawa

Kazuhiko Imakawa
Associate Professor, University of Tokyo

I grew up on a rice and beef cattle farm in Japan.  Then, as a young man, I was a cowboy riding horses and working cattle in Idaho for almost two years before deciding my true vocation was to become a research scientist.  I love the placenta! The focus of my work is to understand development of the horse embryo, before implantation, and the causes of early fetal losses in mares. 

Biography - translated from Japanese

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