Gastrointestinal Disease Research Program RFP

The AKC Canine Health Foundation supports basic science discovery and clinical research into the treatment of gastrointestinal disease through the Gastrointestinal Disease Research Program. This program 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)
  • Achalasia
  • Cobalamin Malabsorption
  • Cricopharyngeal Dysphagia

Of priority are those studies which define mechanism of disease and identify key points of mechanistic similarity across gastrointestinal disease pathologies.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation is not currently accepting grant applications in this research program area.

Please read an open letter to applicants concerning changes to our grant process from previous cycles.

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