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2014 Oak Grants

Dog on Exam TableBuilding on our 18 year commitment to the health of all dogs, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) announces the approval of 17 research grants to 14 research institutions and universities for 2014. These grants, totaling nearly $1.5 million in funding for researchers studying canine health, will ultimately equip veterinarians to meet the most pressing health concerns for dogs throughout the world. 

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The projects are categorized into research program areas that allow for support of research broadly through funding of program areas rather than single grants. Based on the ongoing accumulation of data received through health polls, as well as known areas of need in veterinary medicine, studies were chosen to fill critical gaps in knowledge. Please donate today or sponsor a program area.

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Learn More about the 2014 Grants

To detail the goals and significance of the new research projects, we will release a series of short videoes with Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF’s Chief Scientific Officer. Intended for an audience of non-scientists, Dr. Nordone explains how these grants will move canine health forward, eventually helping dogs that come into the veterinary clinic.

Grant videos will be released starting on October 3 - check back soon!

2014 Grants Funded

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Behavior

Grant 1995: Understanding the Flexibility and Limitations of How Dogs Acquire Knowledge and Understanding: Application to Service Dog Emotional Health and Selection
Dr. Evan L. MacLean, PhD; Co-Investigator: Dr. Brian Hare, PhD; Duke University

Blood Disorders

Grant 1988: Identification of a Safe Storage Time for Canine Blood Used In the Treatment of Anemia
Dr. Mary Beth Callan, V.M.D.; University of Pennsylvania

Grant 2052: Defining the Mechanism of Severe, Life-Threatening Bleeding Disorders in Dogs
Dr. Dana N. LeVine; Iowa State University

Cardiology

Grant 1982: Personalized Medicine: The Intersection of Genotype and Drug Responsiveness in the Treatment of Canine Pulmonary Hypertension
Dr. Joshua A Stern, DVM; University of California, Davis

Grant 1994: Early and Accurate Prediction of Mitral Valve Disease Development
Dr. Sydney N. Moise, DVM; Cornell University

Grant 2046: Using a Novel Combination of Drugs to Treat Arrhythmia and Heart Failure in Dogs
Dr. Janice McIntosh Bright, DVM, BSN; Colorado State University

Endocrinology

Grant 2011: Identification of Novel Drugs to Halt the Metastasis of Tumors That Cause Cushing’s Syndrome
Dr. Sara Galac, DVM, PhD; University of Utrecht

Gastrointestinal Disease

Grant 2002: Defining the Genetic Basis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr. Karin Allenspach, DVM PhD; Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Grant 2050: Defining the Genetic Susceptibility to Granulomatous Colitis, a Severe Form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr. Kenneth W. Simpson, BVMS, PhD; Cornell University

Hepatic Disease

Grant 1986: Profiling the Metabolic and Lipid Imbalances that are Causative of Gallbladder Disease in Dogs
Dr. Jody L. Gookin, DVM, PhD; North Carolina State University

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease

Grant 1828: Mapping of Genetic Risk Factors for Canine Hip Dysplasia
Dr. Antti Iivanainen, DVM, PhD; Co-Investigator: Hannes Lohi, PhD; University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics

Grant 2078: Development of a Regenerative Medicine Technique to Treat Cartilage Disorders in Dogs
Dr. William Brian Saunders, DVM, PhD; Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Neurology

Grant 1985: Defining Novel Drug Targets to Treat Chronic and Neuropathic Pain in the Dog
Dr. Ronald Sluyter, Ph.D.; University of Wollongong

Oncology

Grant 2071: Development of a Therapeutic Brain Tumor Vaccine
Dr. Grace Elizabeth Pluhar, DVM, PhD; University of Minnesota

Ophthalmology

Grant 2057: Identification of the Genetic Cause of Corneal Ulcers
Dr. Keith W Montgomery, DVM; North Carolina State University

Grant 2061: Emergence of Pigmentary Uveitis as a Potential Cause of Cataracts and Glaucoma
Dr. Wendy M. Townsend, DVM, MS; Purdue University

Renal Disease

Grant 2066: Identification of Novel Biomarkers and Therapeutic Targets for Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs
Dr. Mary B Nabity, DVM, PhD; Texas A&M AgriLife Research