AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces 2015 Clinician-Scientist Fellows


The AKC Canine Health Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 class of Clinician-Scientist Fellows. Six promising veterinary post docs and students were selected by their colleges of veterinary medicine and will receive support from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) for their training and research efforts.

Established in 2013, the AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program seeks to encourage and support the next generation of canine health researchers in order to sustain future advancements in canine and human health.

“We are excited to see the impact of this program grow so quickly and to see our donors start to share in our enthusiasm for supporting our next generation of veterinary clinician-scientists,” said Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer. “As emerging key opinion leaders in veterinary medicine their relationships with our donors and their understanding of the value of collaboration is critical to helping us solve our greatest health concerns faster.”

The 2015 AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellows are:

  • Dr. Steven Friedenberg, DVM, MS, MBA of North Carolina State University. Dr. Friedenberg’s research seeks to understand the genetic causes of autoimmune diseases in dogs.
  • Dr. Hyun Ji Noh, MS, PhD of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Noh’s research is focused on studying psychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder in the dog
  • Dr. Alana Redfern-Allen, DVM of Iowa State University. Dr. Redfern-Allen will investigate Diabetes mellitus, a common endocrine disease of dogs and humans.
  • Dr. Christine Sibigtroth, DVM of University of Missouri. Dr. Sibigtroth will study canine degenerative myelopathy (DM), an adult onset progressive neurodegenerative disease in dogs that shares many characteristics with inherited amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in humans. Dr. Sibigtroth’s research is sponsored by the American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Dr. Amelia Sinkin, VMD of University of Georgia. Dr. Sinkin’s research is focused on myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD), a condition affecting an estimated 2 - 4.9 million dogs in the United States and leads to the development of congestive heart failure in approximately 15% of affected animals.
  • Ms. Emily Brown, DVM / PhD Candidate of the University of California, Davis. Ms. Brown’s research will investigate the genetic etiology of Addison’s disease, an endocrine disorder, in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (NSDTR) and other dogs. Ms. Brown is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA) and the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health.

Importantly, all research performed by these residents will be in line with CHF’s mission and will be consistent with the foundation’s  policies and guiding principles.

Visit www.akcchf.org/fellows to learn more about the 2015 Fellows and their canine health research projects. 

To “Adopt a Researcher” by making a donation to support one of the 2015 AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellows visit: http://support.caninehealthfoundation.org/fellows


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