2023 Awarded Grants

Our new grants for 2023 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


Optimizing HITI CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing for Treating Defective Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase 4 in Doberman Pinschers



Wolbachia-targeting qPCR for Detection of Heartworm Infection in Dogs

Immunology and Infectious Disease


Investigation of the Role of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius Phenol-soluble Modulins in Canine Pyoderma

Dermatology and Allergic Disease


Effect of a Canine Systematic Exercise Program on the Dimensions of the Lumbar Paraspinal Musculature and Performance Assessment Scores in Healthy Dogs

General Canine Health


Identification of Genetic Risk Factors for Gingival Enlargement in Boxers

General Canine Health


The Associations between Circulating Saturated and Unsaturated Fatty Acids and the Fecal Microbiome and Metabolome with the Development and Severity of Canine Acute Pancreatitis

Gastrointestinal Disease


Characterization of Canine CD39 and CD73 for Use in Regenerative Medicine

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease


Optimal Distance for Canine Sprint Testing

General Canine Health


Agility Dog Activity Load Measurement Using a Web-based Application and Handler-provided Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

General Canine Health


Pain Catastrophizing: A Clinically-relevant Phenomenon in Dogs?

General Canine Health


Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Treatment of Canine Atopic Dermatitis

Dermatology and Allergic Disease


Clinical Validation of Urinary miR-126 as a Marker of Immune Complex- Mediated Glomerulonephritis in Dogs

Kidney & Urological Disease


Improving Treatment of Canine Blastomycosis through Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Immunology and Infectious Disease


Evaluation of the Effects of Diluted Sodium Hypochlorite on Skin Microbiome in Dogs with Superficial Pyoderma and Atopic Dermatitis: a Single Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial

Dermatology and Allergic Disease


Prolonging Tear Film Stability in Dogs Using a Novel Rabbit Nonpolar Lipid (rNPL593)



Canine Semen Microbiome

Reproductive Conditions


Use of a Service Dog Breeding Program to Unravel the Genetics of Congenital Idiopathic Megaesophagus in German Shepherd Dogs



Identification of Genetic Mutations in AnalSac Carcinoma Development in English Cocker Spaniels, Part II – Validation



Riluzole as a Neuroprotectant in Canine Degenerative Myelopathy



Genome-wide Association Study to Investigate Genetic Markers for Antimicrobial Resistance in Mycoplasma cynos Associated with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease

Lung and Respiratory Disease


Targeted Next Generation Sequencing Panel for Comprehensive Testing for Reproductive and Neurologic Pathogens of Dogs

Immunology and Infectious Disease


Efficacy and Tolerability of Gelatin Tannate (Tasectan®) in Canine parvovirus-infected Dogs

Gastrointestinal Disease


Leishmaniasis in Imported Dogs

Immunology and Infectious Disease


Lomustine, Asparaginase, Procarbazine and Prednisone (LAPP) for Canine Multicentric Lymphoma: A Practical Multiagent Chemotherapy Protocol that Avoids Injectable Cytotoxics

Oncology - Lymphoma


Synbiotic-IgY Modulates MicroRNA Expression and Microbiota in Dogs with Chronic Enteropathy

Gastrointestinal Disease


Causative Role of Xenobiotic Exposures in Canine Gallbladder Mucocele Formation

Hepatic Disease


Investigation of Candidate Genetic Variants for Copper-associated Hepatopathy in the Dalmatian

Hepatic Disease


MicroRNAs as Novel Fluid Biomarkers of Rabies in Naturally Infected Dogs

Immunology and Infectious Disease


Epidemiology of Trypanosoma cruzi and Other Vector-borne Pathogens in Hunting Dogs in Virginia and West Virginia

Immunology and Infectious Disease


Genotyping for the Canine Dal Blood Group

Blood Disorders


Enhancing Autophagy to Control Canine Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease



Cell-Specific Expression of MicroRNAs in Primary and Metastatic Canine Osteosarcoma

Oncology - Osteosarcoma

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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