Morris Animal Foundation Announces 2016 Canine Research Grants

Newly funded studies address serious health threats in dogs

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#caninehealth–Morris Animal Foundation, committed to solving the critical health
problems of animals around the world, announced nine newly funded
studies to improve canine health. The scope of the studies covers a
diverse set of health challenges from cancer to a deadly blood disorder
and more.

Through the grants, totaling nearly $830,000, the Foundation is
supporting nine researchers at seven universities including Cornell
University, University of Minnesota, and Washington State University.
The Foundation’s Small Animal Scientific Advisory Board reviewed all
submitted grant applications and selected, based on scientific merit and
impact, the studies with the greatest potential to save lives, preserve
health, and advance veterinary care. Canine studies funded in the 2016
grant cycle include:

  • Controlling the spread of antibiotic-resistant staph infection
  • Finding new therapy targets for mast cell tumors
  • Evaluating a new treatment for immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, a
    deadly blood disorder
  • Curbing tumor growth and chemotherapy resistance in canine
    hemangiosarcoma, a fatal cancer
  • Developing a canine influenza vaccine
  • Investigating gallbladder disease
  • Understanding genetic risk of developing calcium oxalate urinary stones
  • Searching for genetic mutations for inherited ocular melanosis, an eye
    disease prevalent in Cairn terriers
  • Detecting and preventing bladder stones in miniature schnauzers

“Dogs are such an important part of our families and our homes, and we
want them to have the longest, healthiest lives possible,” said Dr.
Barbara Wolfe, Chief Scientific Officer at the Foundation. “To that end,
Morris Animal Foundation continues to fund groundbreaking studies that
are tackling difficult problems in veterinary medicine, saving animal
lives, and giving hope to animal lovers everywhere.”

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific
studies that advance the health of companion animals, horses and
wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, the Foundation has invested more
than $103 million toward 2,500 studies that have led to significant
breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments and preventions to benefit
animals worldwide. Learn more at Morris
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