Dr Kenneth Simpson, a Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in the USA, is to receive the 2022 WSAVA Award for Scientific Achievement in recognition of his outstanding contribution, particularly in the areas 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’s WSAVA World Congress, which takes place from 29-31 October in Lima, Peru. Dr Simpson will present a WSAVA Award Lecture during the Congress.
Dr Simpson graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh University in 1984, and gained a PhD in gastroenterology at the University of Leicester in 1988. He undertook an internship 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 Faculty of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell University. He is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is a past-president of the comparative gastroenterology society.
Dr Simpson’s research interests are focused on inflammatory diseases of the GI tract, host bacterial interactions in health and disease, and culture independent bacteriology.
His scientific contributions evaluating the interplay between genetic susceptibility, the microbiome, the host environment, and the host immune system played a key role in his research team’s discovery of an adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC) and its role in granulomatous colitis of boxers and French bulldogs.
It also spurred 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 exceptional veterinarian and farmer—waited patiently while I learned to recognise sick from healthy sheep, and instilled in me the intimate connection between the environment, husbandry and health,” Dr Simpson said.
“His belief that I would make a good vet set me on a journey as rich as anyone could wish for. To those who have mentored me as a clinician and a scientist, and worked with me in the hospital and laboratory, I thank you for your inspiration, encouragement and camaraderie.”