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Dr. Breen Receives Research Award from AKC Canine Health Foundation

Matthew Breen, Professor of Genomics, is the 2007 recipient of the “Asa Mays, DVM, Excellence in Canine Health Research Award” presented by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (CHF).

Named to honor the memory of longtime breeder and veterinarian Dr. Asa Mays, the award recognizes an individual researcher who, according to the CHF board of directors, “has made a profound impact in the world of canine health research.” Dr. Breen received the award during the recent biennial National Parent Club Canine Health Conference in St Louis, MO.

“Matthew is a true pioneer in the discovery and mapping of the canine genome—an invaluable tool in the fight against disease,” says Karen Mays, a CHF board member and wife of Dr. Mays. “Asa would have been so proud of the work Matthew and his colleagues continue to do on behalf of our dogs and indeed, our human neighbors as well. Our thanks to Matthew for his dedicated work, he is a true member of the Canine Health Foundation family.”

In accepting the award, Dr. Breen noted it honors “the memory of a man for whom many of us had the deepest respect; respect for his values, leadership, and above all, his commitment to dogs. On behalf of the canine health research community, I would like to thank the AKC Canine Health Foundation for their continued sterling efforts to raise awareness, to educate, and to fund research aimed at improving the health and welfare of our dogs.”

The AKC Canine Health Foundation, the largest nonprofit worldwide to fund health research exclusively for canines, is a leader in non-invasive genetic health research, stem cell research, and biotherapeutics benefiting both canines and humans.The CHF has allocated more than $20 million in canine health research through more than 75 schools and research institutions worldwide.

The CHF award announcement release outlined Dr. Breen’s career activities:

Posted Oct. 30, 2007