Squires Named to Leadership Post at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Foundation

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(edited from University of Kentucky press release)

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Equine reproductive scientist Ed Squires has joined the University of Kentucky's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center as director of advancement and industry relations and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.

Squires is considered a pioneer in equine reproductive techniques and the non-surgical collection and transfer of equine embryos. As the previous director of the Preservation of Equine Genetics Program at Colorado State University, Squires made significant contributions in foal birth from frozen embryo transfers and sex-sorted sperm.

Squires also has contributed to research in hormonal regulation of the estrous cycle, progesterone in pregnant mares, ultrasonography and the development of assisted reproductive techniques, including oocyte maturation, superovulation, embryo freezing and fertility of cooled and frozen semen. During his 33 years in the animal reproduction and biotechnology lab at Colorado State University, his focus on horses led to milestones in research in artificial insemination, equine reproductive physiology and endocrinology, preservation of stallion semen and techniques for embryo transfer, preservation and manipulation.

Squires is a West Virginia native who received his bachelor's and master's degrees from West Virginia University and his doctorate in endocrinology and reproductive physiology at the University of Wisconsin. Before his professorship at Colorado State University, he was an assistant professor in animal science at the University of New Hampshire.

Background: The Gluck Equine Research Center is home to International Reference (OIE) laboratories in equine influenza, equine viral arteritis and equine rhinopneumonitis. The Gluck Center has facilities located at four Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station research farms, and one primary research facility on the University of Kentucky campus. The mission of the Gluck Equine Research Center is scientific discovery, education and dissemination of knowledge to benefit the health and welfare of horses.