The Bayer-Snoeyenbos New Investigator Award is presented annually to a member or associate member of AAAP whose career as an independent investigator in poultry medicine began less than seven years ago and who during this time has made meritorious research contributions to the avian field. The spirit of the award is to recognize new and upcoming investigators. This Award is named in memory of Dr. Glenn Snoeyenbos, because of his excellent contributions to avian medical research, and in recognition of the ongoing financial support that the Bayer Poultry Business Unit provides for this award. The recipient of the 2008 Bayer-Snoeyenbos New Investigator Award is Dr. Isabel Gimeno.
Dr. Gimeno received her DVM degree and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Subsequently, she served one year as a Research Associate in the Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory at Michigan State University before starting a post-doctoral research position at the Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory in East Lansing, MI in 2001 studying the biology, immunology and pathogenesis of Marek’s Disease virus. Dr. Gimeno has an impressive number of important research contributions to her credit. She studied biological functions of various MDV genes and has published several papers describing the biological responses of mutant viruses following inoculation into chickens, providing important information on meq, pp38 and UL41 genes. In 2006, Dr. Gimeno joined the faculty of the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology Department, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Gimeno has been very productive in her short time as an independent investigator, having authored or co-authored 18 manuscripts since 2001. She has also authored multiple book chapters, including one in the recently published book “Marek’s disease, an evolving pathogen” which is a great recognition of her scholarship and international standing in the Marek’s disease research community. Her leadership role is also evident in the development of the recently released AAAP study set on Marek’s disease and on Differential diagnosis of lymphoid and myeloid tumors in chickens. Dr. Gimeno is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. She has been a Councilor of the World Poultry Science Association. She is an active member in the American Association of Avian Pathologists, serving on the Education Committee since 1998 and as a vice-chair for the current year. Before the reorganization of the committee structure she was also a member of the Biologics Committee, the Biotechnology Committee, and the Tumor Virus Committee.