Neurology-Epilepsy Research Program RFP
The AKC Canine Health Foundation is currently accepting grant applications in this research program area.
Epilepsy of unknown origin (‘idiopathic epilepsy’) remains one of the most prevalent neurological diseases in numerous breeds of dogs, and including mixed breed dogs. Epilepsy also is a disease where animal and human health concerns intersect: spontaneous canine epilepsy has been shown to offer a highly suitable model for human epilepsy. A large proportion of both dogs and people with spontaneous epilepsy remain refractory to standard therapies, despite the burgeoning development of anti-epileptic drugs. The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is dedicated to the advancement of canine health and views epilepsy as a topic of prime concern.
CHF wishes to fund several proposals for research studies in the field of spontaneous canine epilepsy, with a special emphasis on refractory disease.
Topics of Interest Include:
- Pathophysiology of spontaneous epilepsy
- Genetics and epigenetics of epilepsy
- Genetics of therapeutic response
- Novel therapeutics for refractory epilepsy
The due date for applications is Thursday, January 21, 2016 by 11:59 PM EST. The funding limit for awards will be $100,000 (plus 8% indirect costs); pilot studies with budgets up to $15,000 will also be considered. All studies must abide by CHF's Humane Use of Animals Policy.
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