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To sustain future advancements in canine and human health, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) makes it a priority to encourage and support the next generation of canine health researchers. CHF understands the impact of the present fiscal restraints on research and development. To help diminish this impact, the AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program has been established to support young scientists. Through these efforts the AKC Canine Health Foundation’s ongoing mission to prevent, treat and cure canine disease will endure for years to come.
CHF’s top five most productive Colleges of Veterinary Medicine were asked to select a young scientist to participate in this fellowship program. In the inaugural year of the Fellowship program North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University, the University of California at Davis, the University of Minnesota and the University of Pennsylvania were invited to participate. The colleges were selected based on their track record of turning CHF funding into high impact publications that have significantly contributed to canine health.
The students were selected based on promise and enthusiasm for pursuing a career in canine health research. These residents will conduct research in line with the AKC Canine Health Foundation's mission and that is consistent with the policies of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
The 2013 AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellows are:
Kristin Manning, DVM of North Carolina State University. Dr. Manning’s research project will evaluate regenerative medicine approaches to the treatment of urinary incontinence.
Lance Visser, DVM of The Ohio State University. Dr. Visser will study right ventricle (RV) systolic function in dogs to improve risk assessment for heart and lung disease.
Guillaume L. Hoareau, DVM of the University of California at Davis. Dr. Hoareau aims to develop tools for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and determining the severity of OSAS in dogs.
Jill Schappa, DVM of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Schappa’s research concerns the protective effects of exercise on the bone marrow after treatment with radiation and chemotherapy.
Melanie Hezzell, VetMB, PhD of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hezzell is conducting a multicenter study that will determine if the use of blood markers improves the standard of care in dogs with mitral valve disease
Additional biograpical information and research project descriptions are available by clicking on the name of each 2013 Fellow.
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