Section Awarded: National
George C. Fahey, Jr., Morrison Award
Sponsored by F. B. Morrison Fund
Dr. Fahey is Professor Emeritus of Animal Sciences and Kraft Foods Endowed Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An overarching theme of his research is gastrointestinal tract health and the role of macronutrients in the digestive physiology, microbial ecology, and health of the gut. Dr. Fahey’s early contributions were in the area of ruminant nutrition where he studied plant cell wall biochemistry and its impact on forage utilization by cattle. Since the late 1980's, Dr. Fahey’s species emphasis has been companion animals. As a result of his research, new dietary formulations and feeding strategies have been implemented by health care professionals and pet food manufacturers for animals at various physiological states and for those experiencing health problems. His research is characterized by high standards with respect to concept development, originality of approach, creativity in experimental design, and objective interpretation of data.