2019 Awarded Grants

Our new grants for 2019 are listed below.  Please see our Research Grants Portfolio for a full list of our active grants.
To support one of these grants, or any of the research program areas, please visit our website or use our donation form. If you would like to discuss research support opportunities, please email chfgrants@akcchf.org.



 Research Program


 Characterization of Sensory Neuronal and Muscle Pathology in Canine Degenerative Myelopathy to Identify Targets for Therapeutic Intervention



 Embracing Polygenicity of Common Complex Disease in Dogs: Genome-wide Association of Cruciate Ligament Rupture

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease


 Genetics of Idiopathic Epilepsy in Labrador Retrievers



 Defining the Flow Cytometric Characteristics of Normal and Diseased Canine Spleen and Visceral Lymph Nodes



 Discovery of Novel Biomarkers of Canine Atopic Dermatitis through Lipid Profiling

Dermatology and Allergic Disease


 Three-dimensional Echocardiographic Determinants of the Age of Onset of Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels



 Genetic and Metabolic Determinants of Dilated Cardiomyopathy and their Relationship to Cardiac Arrhythmia in Doberman Pinschers



 Examination of the Effects of Cannabidiol on Canine Neoplastic Cell Apoptosis/Autophagy and Potential for Chemotherapy Resistance or Sensitivity



 The Genetic Background of Lumbosacral Transitional Vertebrae in Dogs



 Development of RNA in-situ Hybridization to Identify T Regulatory Cells and their Function within the Tumor Microenvironment of Canine Oral Malignant Melanoma



 Clinical, Pathologic, and Molecular Genetics Investigations of Canine Lysosomal Storage Diseases and Related Diseases



 Characterization of Retinal Phenotypes and their Association with RPGRIP1 and Modifiers in English Springer Spaniels



 Genetic Basis of Canine Spinal Abnormalities

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease


 Investigation of Cytokine Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of Canine Tuberculosis

Immunology and Infectious Disease


 Effect of Hyperthermia on Skeletal Muscle Energy Efficiency

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease


 Evaluation of the Transversus Abdominis Plane Block to Control Pain Associated with Abdominal Surgery in Dogs

General Canine Health and Obesity


 Validation of Fine Needle Aspiration as a Minimally Invasive Sampling Method for Gene Expression Quantification of Pharmacogenetic Targets

General Canine Health and Obesity


 Validation and Diagnostic Performance of a Novel Monoclonal Antibody based Histoplasma Urine Immunoassay in Dogs with Histoplasmosis

Immunology and Infectious Disease


  Identification of Genetic Risk Factors for Primary Closed Angle Glaucoma and Pectinate Ligament Abnormality in the Basset Hound



 Development of a Polygenic Risk Model for Pigmentary Uveitis in Golden Retrievers



 The Role of Motilin Signaling in Canine Osteoarthritis

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease


 Histologic characterization of Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis



 Is Gut Dysbiosis Associated with Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy?



 The Role of Bartonella spp. Exposure and Cardiac Genetic Variation on the Clinical Expression of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy in the Boxer Dog



 Evaluation of the Serum and Cutaneous Levels of Chemokines in Atopic Dogs

Dermatology and Allergic Disease


 Evaluation of Gallbladder Motility in Dogs with Hyperlipidemia

Hepatic Disease


 Reducing Misdiagnosis of Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

Blood Disease


 Targeted next generation sequencing panel for comprehensive testing of vector-borne pathogens

Tick-Borne Disease


 Genetic Basis of Exercise-Induced Collapse in Border Collie Related Breeds


The AKC Canine Health Foundation funds research in 23 different Research Program Areas for the health of all dogs. These program areas enable the Foundation to create depth in our research portfolio and help us to be responsive to the health concerns of our constituents.

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