Winn awards grants for nine new feline health studies

Published on January 03, 2018

Winn Feline Foundation announced in late November 2017 that it had awarded grants for nine new studies in feline health. The studies cover chronic kidney disease, reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, gingivostomatitis, chronic stress, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, genetic testing, and feline infectious peritonitis.

In partnership with the George Sydney and Phyllis Redman Miller Trust, Winn awarded grants for the following studies:

  • "Investigating appropriate dosing for gabapentin sedation in cats with and without chronic kidney disease," Dr. Jessica Quimby, The Ohio State University, and Dr. Karen Van Haaften, University of California-Davis, $32,349.
  • "Using biomarkers of aerodigestive disorders involving reflux for diagnosis of reflux in cats," Drs. Megan Grobman and Carol Reinero, University of Missouri, $21,164.
  • "Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for cats with inflammatory bowel disease," Drs. Craig and Tracy Webb, Colorado State University, $34,863.
  • "Early intervention of mesenchymal stem cell therapy for cats with chronic gingivostomatitis," Drs. Boaz Arzi, Dori Borjesson, and Frank Verstraete, University of California-Davis, $28,008.
  • "Using novel, non-invasive measures of chronic stress in cats to determine levels of stress hormone in the hair and nails of cats," Drs. Elena Contreras and Michael Lappin, Colorado State University, $11,484.

Winn announced special funding for four out-of-cycle grants as follows:

  • Anonymous sponsor, "Mapping heart fibrosis in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)," Drs. Ryan Fries and Jonathan Stack, University of Illinois, $33,850.
  • Sponsored by Wisdom Health, "Development of cat genetic resources for standardized genetic testing," Leslie Lyons, PhD, University of Missouri, $11,740.
  • Bria Fund for FIP Research Studies, "Developing a safe and effective combined anticoronaviral therapy (CACT) for cats with FIP," Drs. Brian Murphy and Niels Pedersen, University of California-Davis, $20,500.
  • Bria Fund for FIP Research Studies, "Generating an attenuated feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) vaccine by creating a protective immune response," Gary Whittaker, PhD, Cornell University, and Susan Baker, PhD, Loyola University, $35,000.