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 discovery leads to genetic test for EIC in Labrador retrievers May 20, 2010

This article is about the discovery of the gene for Exercise Induced Collapse and the resulting genetic test.

Research in Dogs Results in Treatment for Blindness in Humans December 4, 2009

This article is about the treatment for Leber's congenital amaurosis, a disease that causes blindness in humans, that resulted from research done on congenital stationary nightblindness in Briards.

Advances in Canine Cardiac Research October 23, 2009

Advancements in the development of genetic tests and new treatments are making great strides to help dogs that suffer from heart disease. These advancements were presented at the 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference.

New Pathogenic Role for an Old Virus October 23, 2009

A link between ocular disease and canine herpes virus was established in 2006. The discovery of the new clinical effects of canine herpes virus is changing not only treatment for the virus but also leading to future research of the decades-old virus.

Gene for Merle Color Pattern Discovered March 29, 2006

Researchers at Texas A&M University have recently published an article describing their identification of the genetic mutation that causes merle coat color patterning in several breeds. The merle coat color is also associated with several health concerns including deafness.

Dog Genome Sequence and Analysis Published in Nature December 12, 2005

An international research team led by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced the completion of a high-quality genome sequence of the domestic dog. Funded in part by grants from the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the genome sequence provides a catalog of 2.5 million specific genetic differences across several dog breeds.

Use of the Canine Genome May Help Develop Cancer Therapies May 10, 2005

With funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Breen has developed a canine cancer cytogenetics ‘toolbox’ that allows the presence of chromosome changes associated with canine cancers to be evaluated.

Discovery of Two Epilepsy Genes the First Steps in a Longer Journey January 1, 2005

This article is about the discovery of the first genes responsible for two rare forms of epilepsy in dogs.

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