Kidney & Urological Disease Research Program Area

The AKC Canine Health Foundation supports basic science discovery and clinical research into the treatment of renal and urologic disorders through the Kidney and Urinary Disease Research Program Area. This program area supports research into the pathophysiology of disease, the identification of unique/emerging risk factors for the development of renal disease, genetic/epigenetic/proteomic/metabolomic factors associated with disease development, predictors (biomarkers) of kidney damage and recovery, and identification of potential therapeutic drugs that reduce the pathology associated with disease. Collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams of investigators who approach discovery research from a multi-‘omics’ perspective are considered more competitive. Regenerative medicine research is strongly supported by the Kidney and Urinary Disease Research Program Area.

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

  • Renal Dysplasia
  • Renal Failure (chronic and acute)
  • Protein-Losing Nephropathy
  • Urolithiasis
  • Juvenile Renal Disease
  • Cystinuria
  • Renal Amyloidosis
  • Cystic Calculi
  • Ectopic Ureter
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Incontinence
  • Fanconi Syndrome
  • Nephritis

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