Dr. James Guy is the initial recipient of the Dr. Charles Beard Research Excellence Award. Dr. Beard, the former director of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory and former vice president of research at U.S. Poultry, presented the namesake award to Dr. Guy at a meeting of the International Poultry Scientific Forum during the Jan. 29-31 International Production & Processing Expo.
The goal of the new Beard Research Excellence Award is “to recognize outstanding completed research projects, funded by U.S. Poultry and Egg Association or the U.S. Poultry Foundation, which have made a significant positive impact on the poultry industry.” The U.S. Poultry Foundation Research Advisory Committee selected Dr. Guy for the prestigious annual award based on his “exceptional work” on infectious proventriculitis of broilers, a disease which causes inflammation and swelling of the proventriculus (stomach), resulting in poor growth and difficulties in processing. During the course of his research, Dr. Guy discovered the disease was caused by a new virus, which he characterized as an adenovirus-like virus (AdLV). The researcher has progressed in his investigation toward developing a vaccine for the disease. Dr. John Glisson, director of research for U.S. Poultry, noted how the CVM professor’s investigation is an example of how association research funds can be directed to understanding and solving an important problem for the poultry industry. “The quality of Dr. Guy’s research is outstanding,” says Glisson, ”and it is very fitting to see his work recognized by the Charles Beard Research Excellence Award.”