Dermatology and Allergic Skin Disease Research Program Area
The AKC Canine Health Foundation supports basic science discovery and clinical research into the treatment of skin disease through the Dermatology and Allergic Skin Disease Research Program Area. This program area supports research into the pathophysiology of skin disease, including the role of immune function in the pathogenesis of disease, relevance of infection in the development and exacerbations of skin and allergic diseases; iIdentification of novel anti-infective and parasiticide therapeutics; tTranslational research focused on new diagnostic tests, therapies and preventive approaches for skin and allergic diseases; and the role of environmental allergens and/or genetic background as risk factors for the development of skin and allergic diseases. Enhanced understanding of disease mechanism that can lead to development of personalized medicine protocols are of priority. As with all research program areas, collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams of investigators who can approach discovery research from a multi-‘omics’ perspective will be considered more competitive than genomic research approaches working in isolation.
Key canine health problems addressed by this research program include, but are not limited to:
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Demodectic Mange
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Follicle Dysplasia
- Ichthyosis (Idiopathic Cornification Disorder)
- Sebaceous Cyst
- Acral Lick Dermatitis
- Lethal Acrodermatitis
Help Future Generations of Dogs
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.