Foundation announces grants for canine, feline health research

Published on March 01, 2017
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Morris Animal Foundation announced nine newly funded studies to improve canine health and five to improve feline health.

The grants for canine health research total nearly $830,000 and support nine researchers at seven universities. The canine studies funded for 2017 in the 2016 grant cycle focus on the following: 

  • Controlling the spread of antimicrobial-resistant Staphylococcus infection.
  • Finding new therapy targets for mast cell tumors.
  • Evaluating a new treatment for immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
  • Curbing tumor growth and chemotherapy resistance in canine hemangiosarcoma.
  • Developing a canine influenza vaccine.
  • Investigating gallbladder disease.
  • Understanding the genetic risk of developing calcium oxalate urinary stones.
  • Searching for genetic mutations for inherited ocular melanosis.
  • Detecting and preventing bladder stones in Miniature Schnauzers.

The grants for feline health research total nearly $568,000 and support five research teams at four universities. The feline research funded for 2017 in the 2016 grant cycle focuses on the following:

  • Investigating a new treatment for oral squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Studying cats with a protective immune response to feline enteric coronavirus, which can mutate and cause feline infectious peritonitis, with the aim of identifying targets for a vaccine strategy.
  • Investigating the effectiveness of a novel drug to maintain and extend diabetic remission in cats.
  • The use of DNA sequencing technology to better understand the biological mechanisms that help cats fight off viral infections.
  • Studying methods of measuring chronic pain in cats with osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint diseases to improve diagnostic and treatment strategies.