2020 Awarded Grants

Our new grants for 2020 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


Investigating the Role of Aedes aegypti in Dog Heartworm Transmission in Communities along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Immunology and Infectious Disease


Reprogramming the Tumor Immune Niche in Canine Hemangiosarcoma

Oncology - Hemangiosarcoma


The Pathologic Link between Lung and Gut: Diagnosis of Aerodigestive Disorders in Dogs

Lung and Respiratory Disease


Do Dogs Get Temporal Lobe Epilepsy? Clinical Signs, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Pathological Findings in Epileptic Dogs

Epilepsy Initiative


Characterization of Renal Disease in Greyhound Dogs

Kidney & Urological Disease


Scientific and Clinical Assessment of Fecal Microbiota Transplant in Obese Dogs: SLIM Study

General Canine Health


Identification of a Second Genetic Risk Allele(s) Associated with the Development of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy in the Boxer Dog



Investigation on the Molecular Crosstalk between Canine Atopic Skin and Microbes: Unraveling Potential Pathomechanisms for Chronic Recurrent Skin Infections

Dermatology and Allergic Disease


Defining the Effect of Genotype, Breed and Age on the Risk of Developing Canine Degenerative Myelopathy and Investigating the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying That Risk



Longitudinal Comparison of Cognitive and Emotional Development in Assistance Dog Puppies



Resolving the Major Dyslipidemia Phenotypes and Genetic Risk Factors for Familial Hyperlipidemia in Miniature Schnauzers

Blood Disorders


Characterization of the Fecal Microbiome in Dogs with Spinal Cord Injury Secondary to Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)



Defining the Functional Consequences and Therapeutic Vulnerability of Dystrophin Alterations in Canine Osteosarcoma

Oncology - Osteosarcoma


Genetic Contribution to Early-onset Osteosarcoma

Oncology - Osteosarcoma


Transcriptional Profiling of Canine Soft Tissue Sarcoma



Clinical Trial of Prevotella histicola Supplementation to Ameliorate Meningoencephalomyelitis of Unknown Origin (MUO)



Identifying Early Stage Ultra-rare Mutations as Predictive Biomarkers of Lymphoma in High-risk versus Low-risk Breeds Within the Dog Aging Project

Oncology - Lymphoma


Histotripsy for Treatment of Canine Appendicular Osteosarcoma

Oncology - Osteosarcoma


Bladder Carcinogen Exposures in Pet Dogs



Optical Coherence Tomography for Margin Evaluation of Canine Skin and Subcutaneous Neoplasms



Evaluation of Serum miRNA as a Diagnostic Tool for Canine Splenic Hemangiosarcoma

Oncology - Hemangiosarcoma


Genetics of Adverse Reactions to Anesthetic and Sedative Drugs in Chow-Chows

General Canine Health


Do Dog Breeds Differ in Pain Sensitivity?

General Canine Health


Evaluation of Serum Zonulin as a Non-invasive Biomarker and Therapeutic Target in Dogs with Chronic Canine Enteropathy

Gastrointestinal Disease


The Role of the Putative Tumor Suppressor Gene SETD2 in Canine Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

Oncology - Lymphoma


Luteinizing Hormone Receptor Activation Induces Migration and Adhesion in Neoplastic Canine Lymphocytes

Oncology - Lymphoma


Searching for a Genetic Risk Factor for Idiopathic Chylothorax in Afghan Hounds

Lung and Respiratory Disease


Neurofilament Light Chain Concentration in Dogs with Meningoencephalitis (MUE)



Identification of Genetic Risk Factors Contributing to Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

Gastrointestinal Disease


Efficacy and Safety of Netarsudil for Canine Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy



Diagnostic Accuracy of Point of Care Analysis of Canine Urine and Plasma in Marijuana Toxicosis

General Canine Health


Assessing Microvasculature for Intestinal Viability in Obstructed Small Intestines and Effects of Resection and Anastomosis Techniques

Gastrointestinal Disease


Pattern of Thyroid Function Tests during Recovery from Acute Nonthyroidal Illness



Diagnostic Utility of Thoracoscopy for Localization of Pulmonary Bullae in Dogs with Spontaneous Pneumothorax

Lung and Respiratory Disease


Tumor-educated Platelets: A Novel Minimally Invasive Liquid Biopsy for Early Cancer Diagnosis



Analysis of Canine Herpesvirus Isolates Using Next-Generation Sequencing

Immunology and Infectious Disease


Treatment of Idiopathic Chronic Hepatitis and Copper Associated Hepatopathy in Dogs

Hepatic Disease


The Effect of a Modified Approach on Early Weight Bearing in Dogs Following a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease


Review of the Current State of Canine Genetic Testing - A Living Resource

General Canine Health

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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