PULLMAN, Wash. — A Washington State University researcher has received notification of funding from a Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation for a project aimed at developing a vaccine for a potent form of pneumonia in horses.

The foundation recently announced that it will fund the project by WSU’s Dr. Diana Stone, whose research was selected as one of 10 new projects among applicants across North America.

Dr. Stone’s project is projected to cost $91,063 over two years and seeks a sophisticated state-of-the-art technique known as DNA vaccination for Rhodococcal pneumonia, a major cause of death in newborn horses.

Dr. Stone’s funding brings the total provided to WSU by Grayson-Jockey Club for various horse health projects to more than $650,000 in the last 20 years. The foundation was founded in 1940. In the last two decades alone, it has provided more than $10 million to fund 178 projects at 31 universities. In the current year, the foundation’s board of directors has approved funding of 19 projects at 11 universities. The 2003 total for funding is $748,116.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is a private organization that welcomes donations and membership from any individual interested in the health and soundness of horses of any breed or usage.