Measuring Research Productivity
The donors who contribute to the AKC Canine Health Foundation have made significant investments in our organization. They invest time by surveying their breed associations about their health concerns, they invest their money through sponsorship of research, and most importantly, they invest trust in the AKC Canine Health Foundation that their time and money will be used wisely.
While both the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the researchers we fund have the desire to solve our health problems, the complexity of many canine diseases makes it impossible to hit a home run in a single project. Rather, the success or failure of biomedical research is measured by the contribution of a given project to the greater understanding of the disease under study. One tangible measurement of this contribution is through peer-reviewed publication of study results. Peer-reviewed publications are accessible to all researchers in the field, and each paper becomes the next stepping stone on the path to solving the problem and finding a cure.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation rigorously tracks the tangible outcomes of our funded research. We regularly evaluate both the quantity and quality of the publications that result from donor investments. Quantity is easily defined: As of 2015, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has contributed to over 200 peer-reviewed publications in both veterinary journals, such as the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and journals with broad biomedical community readership, such as Science and Nature Genetics. Quality is less easily defined, but can somewhat be measured by how many times the original projects funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation were cited or “used” by another investigator to make strides in the area of study. As of 2015, AKC Canine Health Foundation-funded research has been cited more than 1500 times. Importantly, every year we grow in our contribution to canine health and biomedical research.
Help Future Generations of Dogs
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.