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The AKC Canine Health Foundation Commits Nearly $1.5 Million to Advance the Health of Dogs
Date:9/24/2013

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) September 24, 2013

Building on its 18 year commitment to the health of all dogs, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) today announces the approval of 17 research grants to 14 research institutions and universities. These grants, totaling nearly $1.5 million in funding for researchers studying canine health, will ultimately equip veterinarians to meet the most pressing health concerns for dogs throughout the world.

“CHF’s main objective in funding canine health research is to be responsive to the concerns of dog owners and ultimately help all dogs live longer, healthier lives,” said Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF’s Chief Scientific Officer. Based on the ongoing accumulation of data received through health polls, as well as known areas of need in veterinary medicine, studies were chosen to fill critical gaps in knowledge. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Immune-mediated Hemolytic Anemia, Cushing’s Syndrome, Chronic Kidney Disease, and Hip Dysplasia are just a few of the canine health concerns that researchers are studying with the newly awarded grants.

Additionally, the research grants will deliver innovative tangible outcomes including:

  •     A new treatment option for canine cartilage disease that will provide support for the evidence-based practice of regenerative medicine.
  •     Novel drug targets to treat canine pain.
  •     Use of genomic data that will enable veterinary cardiologists, for the first time, to provide personalized treatment for pulmonary hypertension.
  •     Development of a panel of tests that will define a dog’s suitability to perform as a service dog. Such tests will save time and money and increase access to services dogs for ind
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