More Funding For ITPP Testing

Published: October 26, 2011 11:55 am EDT

Dr. Lawrence Soma and Professor Marilyn M. Simpson of the New Bolton Center have announced that the center has received a 'generous donation' in support of it work to find a test for the presence of Myo-inositol-trispyrophosphate, better known as ITPP, in equine


According to a report on, the NBC has recently received the generous donation from the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen Association. The PHHA's donation follows previous donations to the cause which came from the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, the Pennsylvania Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association, and the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen Association at PARX Racing.

Dr. Soma, VMD, Dipl. ACVA, who also serves as director of the Pennsylvania Equine Pharmacology Laboratory at Penn Vet in Kennett Square, commented on the donations in the report.

"We are very appreciative of these gifts from the PA Horsemen's groups, which have been used to enhance our research program," Dr. Soma was quoted as saying. "This is of benefit to all constituents in the racing industry. We have withdrawn all other proposals requesting funding for this specific drug."

During the fall of 2010, Trot Insider spoke with Dr. Soma and Mary Robinson, VMD, PhD is regard to ITPP and AICAR. To read that story, which delves deeper into the issue, click here.

(With files from