December 01, 2001


 Task force invites feline sarcoma research proposals - December 1, 2001

Task force invites feline sarcoma research proposals

The Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force is seeking worthy research proposals to address several aspects of soft tissue sarcomas potentially associated with vaccination and other injections. The research goals of the task force are to facilitate investigations into the epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of these malignancies.

Funding is available for a limited number of studies. The task force will consider funding selected studies at a maximum of $50,000.

Submissions must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1, 2002 and addressed to Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force, c/o American Veterinary Medical Association (Dr. Lyle P. Vogel), 2002 Research Grant Program, 1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360.

The task force is a combined effort of the AAHA, AAFP, AVMA, and Veterinary Cancer Society. Additionally, the task force includes veterinary researchers and clinicians, and representatives from the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Animal Health Institute.

Financial support exceeding $788,000 was provided in the first four years by the American Animal Hospital Association Foundation, AAFP, AVMA, Cornell Feline Health Center, Veterinary Cancer Society, Ohio VMA, Pfizer Animal Health Group, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Intervet America Inc., Merial Animal Health, Novartis Animal Health, Schering-Plough Animal Health, Bayer Animal Health, Synbiotics Corporation, Biocor Animal Health, and individual donors. The task force is seeking additional funding from those and other sources.

The guidelines for submission of research proposals can be downloaded from the task force section on the AVMA Web site, Abstracts of previously approved and funded studies are also posted there. Requests for the submission guidelines, along with questions or comments, can also be directed to Dr. Lyle P. Vogel at the AVMA, (800) 248-2862, ext. 287,, or to Dr. Robin Starr, (303) 674-3251,