HISA announces members of advisory committee to oversee Lasix study

By: Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Posted: June 22, 2023

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority has announced the members of an advisory committee that has been convened to oversee a three-year study on the use of furosemide (Lasix) during the 48-hour period before the start of a race, including the effect on equine health and the integrity of competition.

The establishment the committee for the study of furosemide administration and the requirements of the study are specifically mandated and set forth in the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. The HISA Board of Directors delegated its authority to select the advisory committee members to HISA’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control Committee who did so based on the members’ relevant expertise.

The advisory committee will oversee the process of issuing a request for proposal to conduct the research, reviewing grant applications from academic researchers and allocating grant funding for the study. When the independent scientific research has been completed and published, it will be presented to the advisory committee, which then will relay the findings and their recommendations to the HISA Board of Directors.

The following are the advisory committee members in alphabetical order:

Dr. Emma Adam is a veterinarian with over 24 years of racing experience in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Australia. She is board-certified in equine medicine from Texas A&M University and in surgery from the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Adam also received her Ph.D. in musculoskeletal science from the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center.

Alan Foreman is Chairman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Vice Chairman of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Foreman is considered one of the leading racing law and equine attorneys in the U.S. and is an expert on medications used in horse racing.

Dr. Scott Hay is a veterinarian at Teigland, Franklin and Brokken, where he focuses on lameness, performance evaluations and purchase examinations. He also serves on the RMTC Scientific Advisory Committee. Hay previously served as President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and as a member of the Grayson-Jockey Club Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. Ted Hill is a racing steward for The Jockey Club with more than 23 years of experience. He previously served as Chief Veterinarian for the New York Racing Association. Hill received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rob Holland is a respiratory and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, Ky., and partner at Holland Management Services Inc., a consulting practice offering solutions in outcomes research and veterinary medicine. Holland has worked with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and is an expert in equine drug-testing processes.

Dr. Heather Knych is a Professor of Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology and Head of the Pharmacology Section at the K.L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Pharmacology Laboratory at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis. Knych is board-certified in Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology and has an extensive publication record in the areas of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. She received her DVM and Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the UC-Davis, where she also conducted her residency in Veterinary Pharmacology.

Ryan Murphy is the Executive Director for the Partnership for Clean Competition, the leading anti-doping research organization dedicated to the protection of clean athletes. Prior to joining the PCC, Murphy served as Program Officer with the Sports Diplomacy division at the U.S. Department of State and prior to that as Senior Manager for Sport & Competition for Special Olympics International. Murphy has also worked as an International Doping Control Officer for International Doping Tests & Management. In addition to his work at the PCC, Murphy serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Sports Industry Management Master’s program at Georgetown University.

Dr. Foster Northrop is a practicing racetrack veterinarian with more than 35 years of industry experience. He has served on the boards of the KHRC and American Veterinary Medical Association as well as the RMTC  Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. Scott Palmer is a former President of the AAEP and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners who currently serves as Equine Medical Director for the New York State Gaming Commission. He also chaired the New York Task Force for Racehorse Health and Safety from 2011 to 2013 and served as a clinician and referral surgeon at the New Jersey Equine Clinic for 38 years. He is currently a member of the RMTC Scientific Advisory Committee, the Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee, the Association of Racing Commissioners International Drug Testing and Standards Committee and the ARCI Equine Welfare and Veterinarians Committee.

Dr. N. Edward Robinson is a nationally recognized veterinarian, academic and researcher who spent nearly 50 years at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, during which he spent more than 20 years as the Matilda R. Wilson Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. Robinson has spent his career researching lung disease in horses. He received his veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London and a Ph.D. from UC-Davis.

Dr. Corinne Sweeney is an American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialist and has spent the past 44 years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She has served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission since 2008 and previously served as Chair of the ARCI in 2019. She is a certified Organizational Ombuds Practitioner and has served as the Penn Vet Ombuds since 2015.