Marianne and John Castle Supporting Research in Laminitis

June 26, 2012 James Heinsman In the News

John Castle, CEO and Chairman of the New York based private equity investment firm  John Castle Castle HarlanCastle Harlan, along with his wife Marianne, recently donated $1 million to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. The donation is earmarked to support research into a disease which affects ungulates such as horses and cattle, called laminitis.

“We are enormously grateful for the Castles’ generosity. Their thoughtful philanthropy leverages two of the University’s strengths, research and the translation of research into medicine for both animals and humans,” said President or the University Amy Gutmann.

“Marianne and I are thrilled to be able to support Dr. Orsini and the faculty of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in their research. Our hope is that the knowledge acquired will be important in helping both animals and humankind,” said John Castle.

Not only does the donation support research, but it will also help fund the directorship of the institute which is held by Dr. James Orsini. Dr. Orsini is an associate professor of surgery at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center and the founder of the First International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot. The biennial conference is also partly funded by the Castles in memory of their beloved horse who died from laminitis.

“John and Marianne Castle have been long-time champions of advancing laminitis research,” said Dr. Orsini. “Their magnanimous support has been vital in the progress made to date. We are excited about the new opportunities this gift provides to make significant inroads into understanding this disease and translating that research into new ways to treat and prevent laminitis.”

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