The AKC Canine Health Foundation is excited to bring you breaking news of 17 new research projects funded for 2014. The total research investment is nearly $1.5 million and the topics include top priorities in canine health: kidney disease, chronic pain, hip dysplasia, osteochondral defects, brain tumors, Cushing's disease, high blood pressure, heart disease and eye disease.
We are notifying researchers of the awards now, and the announcement of the projects to all our supporters will follow shortly. Also forthcoming are short videos by research area describing the grants and how they work in the context of our full research portfolio.
Stay tuned for much more news in canine health throughout the fall!
Health Tracks: Why Support Research Outside of Your Breed We recently asked five recognized researchers whether there is value to supporting research outside of your own breed for health problems that cross all breeds such as cancer and infectious disease, as well as diseases that appear to segregate within specific breeds, such as bloat, heart and ophthalmic diseases. It is evident to most dog owners that broad-based studies that focus on novel diagnostics and treatment strategies could have an impact across breeds, but is there value in supporting projects in breeds besides your own when the goal is to identify the genetic basis for disease? Are there examples where identification of genetic mutations in one breed have facilitated discovery in other breeds? Find out more.
Featured Grant: Stopping Drug Resistant Bacteria The international epidemic of multi-drug resistant bacteria is contributing to an increase in surgical site infections (SSIs) in veterinary patients. Of particular concern in dogs has been the emergence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. This bacterium has recently emerged as the leading cause of SSIs in dogs around the world. Reasons for the rapid emergence of this highly drug resistant bacterium are not known, but one possible cause is biofilm production. Learn more about this grant.
Health Tips: Emergency Preparedness for Dogs It is hurricane season on the east coast of the United States. In the event of an emergency you need to be ready to take swift action - not just for yourself and your human family, but for your pets as well. With a bit of work and organization now, you can give your pets the best possible chance at staying safe and healthy. Learn More.
Established in 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation's (CHF) mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $40 million to canine health research projects and education programs.