Prior Degrees

  • MVB (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine), University College Dublin
  • June 2006.Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM)
  • Residency, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, July 2010


Dr. Frederik Derksen

Research Interests

Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) is a severe and performance-limiting condition of racehorses. EIPH is commonly diagnosed, but successful treatment has remained elusive as the pathogenesis of the disease is incompletely understood. The pathology of EIPH is best characterized by a distinctive caudo-dorsal distribution of bleeding and associated pathologic lesions in the lungs of affected horses. Remodeling of pulmonary veins in these regions is pronounced and co-localized with hemosiderin accumulation, bronchial circulation angiogenesis, and fibrosis of the alveolar interstitum, bronchovascular bundle, septa, and pleura. Our research into this condition is focused on establishing the exact mechanisms of venous remodeling in horse lungs through the use of molecular techniques (and others), as we believe that this lesion is key in the pathogenesis of EIPH.