Impact Stories

Girl with Husky PuppyIn science, progress is measured in small steps along the way to major discoveries.  By consistently funding the most innovative research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is realizing both small milestones and major breakthroughs in canine health.  Your support helps us progress towards our goal to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. 

Groundbreaking Study Finds 9/11 Search-and-Rescue Dogs Have Minimal Long-Term Respiratory Setbacks September 8, 2011

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have left lasting impacts on the American population. While many human rescuers are showing respiratory health problems a decade later, their canine colleagues have had minimal setbacks, according to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine 9/11 Medical Surveillance study.

Giving Eyesight to the Blind April 27, 2011

Ophthalmologists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have restored vision to dogs and provide hope to human patients.

Research in American Staffordshire Terriers Gives Scientists a Fresh Look at a Rare Human Disease April 25, 2011

Research success story on descovery of genetic mutation associated with neuronal ceroid lipofuscinose in American Staffordshire Terriers.

Eyes are the Prize: Identifying the Cause of Lens Luxation in Terriers April 25, 2011

Research Success Story for the discovery of genetic mutation associated with Lens Luxation.

Gene Mutation in Tibetan Terriers found in Human Disorder Related to Parkinson's April 18, 2011

University of Missouri researchers believe both man and animal will benefit from their discovery that the same gene mutation found in Tibetan Terrier dogs can also be found in a fatal human neurological disorder related to Parkinson’s disease.

“Sniffing Out” Lymphoma Genes by Turning Dogs into Humans April 11, 2011

Dr. Matthew Breen and his colleagues at North Carolina State University, with the support of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, is narrowing the search for genes involved in non-Hodgkin lymphoma – by comparing genomic instability of dogs with humans.

Using Technology to Target Tumors February 25, 2011

Dr. Nicola Mason and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, with the support of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, have been trying to find new ways to use antibody fragments to target a particularly devastating type of canine tumor. They are looking for a more effective treatment for canine hemangiosarcoma.

Racing Towards Answers – Scientists Look For A Better Understanding of Sled Dog Health December 1, 2010

This article describes what we have learned from research on sled dogs. We now have a better understanding of the unique concerns affecting the health of these dogs.

Developing Breed-Specific Tests for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Dogs December 1, 2010

The group of diseases called the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses cause progressive nervous system damage in both dogs and humans. This article is about the research that resulted in genetic tests for the diseases in some breeds of dogs.

Looking for Normal December 1, 2010

This article describes research to understand how canine mast cells function.

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