Frederik Derksen, Professor and Chairperson

Frederik  Derksen

Ph.D., Physiology, Michigan State University, 1982; D.V.M., University of Guelph, 1976; B.S., University of Guelph, 1972

G. M. Trout FSHN Building, 469 Wilson Rd, Rm 204, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: Fax: (517) 353-8963

Professional Positions:

2006-2011 - Assistant to the Dean for Development, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University

1989-2009 - Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University  (Chair: 1992-2002)

Nov. 1989- Apr. 1990 - Acting Chair, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University                               

1985‑1989 - Associate Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University

1982‑1985 - Assistant Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University

1979‑1982 - NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Pulmonary Physiology, Michigan State University

1977‑1979 - Resident in Equine Medicine and Surgery, Michigan State University

1976‑1977 - Staff Veterinarian, Weir Veterinary Clinic, Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada

Research Interests:

In my College of Veterinary Medicine Research Laboratory, we study the pathogenesis and treatment of diseases of the air passages (airways) of the horse. The laboratory’s goal is to provide quality information on diseases of horse airways and make it available to improve the health and productivity of horses. Currently, my main area of research interest is Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage.

Outreach Focus:

International capacity building through the Feed the Future Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program. Honoring the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, this is a major new United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded effort to increase the number of agricultural scientists and strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries. The program supports long-term training of agricultural researchers at the master’s and doctoral levels and links scientific and higher education communities in Feed the Future countries and the United States.

The program has launched in Ghana, Uganda, Mali, Mozambique, Bangladesh, and Malawi with potential to expand to other Feed the Future countries. The design of training programs is grounded in a strategic planning process facilitated in targeted research institutions. The BHEARD program focuses on training a cadre of BHEARD Fellows at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels, which is indispensable for creating scientific capacity. However, the BHEARD program allows for a broader set of human and institutional capacity-building, particularly if additional USAID mission or leveraged funds can be mobilized.

The BHEARD program also supports the development, testing and evaluation of new models of capacity development.

Selected Publications:

Prange T, Carr EA, Stick JA, Garcia-Pereira FL, Patterson JS, Derksen FJ. Cervical vertebral canal endoscopy in a horse with cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy. Equine Vet J 44:116-119, 2012.

Millerick-May ML, Karmaus W, Derksen FJ, Berthold B, Holcombe SJ, Robinson NE. Local airborne particulate concentration is associated with visible tracheal mucus in Thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Vet J. 2013 Jan;45(1):85-90.

Williams KJ, Robinson NE, Defeijter-Rupp H, Millerick-May M, Stack A, Hauptman J, Derksen FJ. Distribution of venous remodeling in exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage of horses follows reported blood flow distribution in the equine lung. J Appl Physiol. 2013 Apr;114(7):869-78.

Derksen FJ, Williams K, Stack A. Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage in horses: the role of pulmonary    veins. Compend Contin Educ Vet 33:E1-E6, 2011.

Prange T, Derksen FJ, Stick JA, Garcia F. Endoscopic anatomy of the cervical vertebral canal in the horse: a cadaveric study. Equine Vet J 43:317-323, 2011.

Prange T, Derksen FJ, Stick JA, Garcia-Pereira FL, Carr EA. Cervical vertebral canal endoscopy in the horse: Intra- and post-operative observations. Equine Vet J 43:404-411, 2011.

Williams KJ, Derksen FJ, DeFeijter-Rupp HL, Robinson NE. Repeated blood instillation into the airway of the horse does not cause pulmonary fibrosisEquine Vet J 43:354-358, 2011.

Millerick-May M,  Karmaus W, Derksen FJ, Berthold B, Holcombe SJ, Robinson NE. Particle mapping in stables at an American Thoroughbred racetrack. Equine Vet J 43:599-607, 2011.

Stick JA, Derksen FJ. The impact of technology on the study of equine upper airway surgery. Pferdeheilkunde 26: 523-530, 2010.

Robinson NE, Berney C, Behan A, Derksen FJ. Fluticasone propionate aerosol is more effective for prevention than treatment of recurrent airway obstruction. J Vet Intern Med. 23: 1247-1253, 2009.

Cramp P, Derksen FJ, Stick JA, Nickels FA, Brown KE, Robinson P, Robinson NE. Effect of ventriculectomy versus ventriculocordectomy on upper airway noise in draught horses with recurrent laryngeal neuropathy. Equine Vet J 41:728-734, 2009.

Rhee HS, Steel CM, Derksen FJ, Robinson NE, Hoh JFY. Immunohistochemical analysis of laryngeal muscles in normal horses and horses with subclinical recurrent laryngeal neuropathy. J Histochem Cytochem 57: 787-800, 2009.

Berndt A, Derksen FJ, Venta PJ, Karmaus W, Ewart S, Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan V, Robinson NE. Expression of toll-like receptor 2 mRNA in bronchial epithelial cells is not induced in RAO-affected horses. Equine Vet J 41: 76-81, 2009.

Cramp P, Derksen FJ, Stick JA, de Feijter-Rupp H, Elvin NG, Hauptman J, Robinson NE. Effect of magnitude and direction of force on laryngeal abduction: implications for the nerve-muscle pedicle graft technique. Equine Vet J 41: 328-333, 2009.

Derksen FJ, Williams KJ, Pannirselvam RR, de Feijter-Rupp H, Steel CM, Robinson NE. Regional distribution of collagen and haemosiderin in the lungs of horses with exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Equine Vet J41:586-591, 2009.