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Researchers Recipients of Grants from AKC-Canine Health Foundation

A trio of researchers from NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine were among the recipients of 17 research grants totaling $1.7 million awarded by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation’s Oak Grant program.

Cardiology. Dr. Kate Meurs, professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies, received $51,516 for her study, “Identification of Genetic Modifiers That Impact Clinical Expression of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy in the Boxer Dog.”

Oncology. Dr. Matthew Breen, professor of genomics, received $131,265 for his study, “Identification of Diagnostic DNA Copy Number Aberrations in Canine Leukemia.”

Renal Disease. Dr. Shelly Vaden, professor of internal medicine, received $116,184 for her study, “Regenerative Medicine Approaches to the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence.”

The 17 research grants — several with a One Medicine/ One Health focus — were awarded to 13 institutions and universities.

“Naturally occurring disease in dogs is emerging as the most rigorous model for breakthroughs in treatments and therapies,” said Shila Nordone, the foundation’s chief scientific officer. “One Medicine, One Health allows us to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease while simultaneously supporting human health.”

Since being founded in 1995, Canine Health Foundation, which is funded by the AKC, Nestlé Purina PetCare and Pfizer Animal Health, among others, has invested more than $29 million in canine health research.

Last year, the AKC-CHF program awarded $1.5 million through 21 grants to 14 institutions.

For more information on AKC-CHF research support at NC State CVM, watch this video.

Dec. 3, 2012