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.