Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease Research Program Area

The AKC Canine Health Foundation’s Musculoskeletal Research Program Area supports research aimed at improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system and its component tissues. Canine Athlete-specific health concerns, fitness and osteoarthritis are covered within this research program area. Collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams of investigators with expertise in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, biomechanics and/or computational biology will be considered more competitive than single genomic discovery research approaches working in isolation. Regenerative Medicine research is strongly supported by the Musculoskeletal research program area.

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

  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Hip Dysplasia 
  • Patellar Luxation 
  • Cruciate Ligament Rupture 
  • Elbow Dysplasia 
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease 
  • Osteochondrosis (Osteochondritis Dissecans) 
  • Cleft Palate 
  • Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy 
  • Spondylosis Deformans 
  • Chondrodysplasia 
  • Hemivertebrae 
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy 
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis 
  • Myostatin Deficiency 
  • Polyarthritis 
  • Fitness

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