Gastrointestinal Disease Research Program Area

The AKC Canine Health Foundation supports basic science discovery and clinical research into the treatment of gastrointestinal disease through the Gastrointestinal Disease Research Program Area. This program area supports research into the pathophysiology of disease, molecular and genetic basis of disease and identification of potential therapeutic drugs that reduce the pathology associated with disease. 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. Regenerative Medicine research is strongly supported by the Gastrointestinal Disease Research Program.

Key canine health problems addressed by this research program include, but are not limited to:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Chronic Granulomatous Disease
  • Protein-Losing Enteropathy
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic Acinar Atrophy (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)
  • Anal Furunculosis (Perianal Fistula)
  • Diseases of the anal sacs
  • Cobalamin Malabsorption

View recently funded research in the Gastrointestinal Disease Research Program Area >>

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