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February 15, 2018 – 

Dog Studies

CANCER

  • Novel Therapies
    Common heart medications as an effective adjunct therapy for dogs with hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive and deadly cancer. 
  • Hemangiosarcoma
    Study of biological substances in the body that fuel tumor growth and ways to interrupt their impact. 
  • New Cancer Drug
    Potential of a promising new drug used to treat hemangiosarcoma and how it would benefit dogs with other incurable cancers.
  • Osteosarcoma
    Understanding cancer growth to look for new therapy targets for this bone tumor in dogs.
  • Environmental  
    Chemicals & Cancer Understanding how specific enzymes in dogs break down and neutralize common environmental chemicals linked to cancers.
  • Lymphocytic Leukemia
    Exploring new diagnostic tests for B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia in dogs, a type of blood and bone marrow cancer.

BLOOD DISORDERS

  • Platelet Storage
    Effects of additive solutions to improve blood platelet storage and availability for life-saving transfusions in dogs.
  • Severe Bleeding Disorders
    Measurement of canine thrombopoietin, to improve the diagnosis and treatment of a severe bleeding disorder.

INFLAMMATION

  • Inflammatory Bowel  Disease (IBD)
    Mapping changes in gut bacteria populations in dogs with IBD to identify novel ways to diagnose and treat.
  • Stem Cell-Based Therapies
    Potential of a novel type of stem cell to treat inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases in dogs, including IBD and atopic dermatitis.

SPINAL CORD DISEASE

  • Degenerative Myelopathy
    Advanced imaging to improve diagnosis and monitoring of spinal cord lesions  associated with canine degenerative myelopathy.

Cat Studies

HEART HEALTH

  • Drug Response
    Linking genetic mutations in cats with heart disease to variable therapeutic response to clopidogrel, a drug used to prevent life-threatening blood clot complications.

KIDNEY DISEASE

  • Disease Management
    The effectiveness of omeprazole, a gastric acid suppressant commonly prescribed to treat  GI symptoms in cats with  chronic kidney disease.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

  • Gastrointestinal Disease
    Contribution of multiple parvovirus strains or other viruses to the re-emergence of panleukopenia.
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
    Novel ways to diagnose feline infectious peritonitis, a fatal viral disease in cats with no available cures.
  • Herpesvirus
    Genetics behind ineffective immune responses to feline herpesvirus, a major cause of upper respiratory infections  in cats, to develop a more effective vaccine.