August 07, 2017

Meats Research Award given to Dr. Frank Dunshea

Dr. Frank Dunshea is the 2017 recipient of the Meats Research Award. ASAS held its Awards Ceremony on July 9 during the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting.

Following training at La Trobe and Cornell Universities, Dr. Dunshea worked as government scientist for 17 years. For the past 10 years he has been Chair of Agriculture at The University of Melbourne.

Dr. Dunshea's research on meat and carcass quality has an impressive breadth including seminal contributions on effects of metabolism modifiers on meat quality. He led the commercialization of an immunocastration vaccine and conducted research on the impact of immunocastration on pork quality. A recent focus has been the development of a pork eating quality model to ensure high and consistent eating quality.

Dr. Dunshea also investigated nutritional means of manipulating growth and pork quality, including the use of dietary polyenylphosphatidylcholine to reduce collagen synthesis and reduce chewiness. Overall, Dr. Dunshea’s research in carcass and meat quality has led to exciting findings, many of which have been adopted by the livestock industries.

The Meats Research Award recognizes research excellence in meat science.

The Meats Research Award is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health.

ASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 7,000 students, animal scientists, allied industry and producers around the world.

Media contact:

Kim Schoonmaker

ASAS Scientific Communications Associate

Photo: Dr. Todd Armstrong (left), Elanco Animal Health, presents the Meats Research Award to Dr. Frank Dunshea.