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Denver/June 7, 2023 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for canine cancer research. For this call, the Foundation has a particular interest in studies in the areas of genetic epidemiology, genetic and epigenetic changes predictive of cancer risk, development of diagnostic and therapeutic biomarkers, and tumor genomic profiling.

The Foundation encourages projects that leverage specimens and data from Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, but also welcomes submissions that utilize other data sources.

“The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study provides a unique opportunity to understand the origins of canine cancer,” said Dr. Kathy Tietje, Chief Program Officer at Morris Animal Foundation. “We encourage the scientific community to include Study resources in their research proposals.”

The Foundation also encourages Fellowship applications from individuals from historically marginalized groups. These Minority Fellowships are being funded by Sally R. McIntosh through the Donor-Inspired Study program. McIntosh seeks to provide fellowship funding to support applicants from historically marginalized groups interested in studying canine health, stating that she hopes to make "a tiny dent" in diversifying the animal health research community.

Interested researchers can find more information, including proposal documents, on the Foundation’s Grants page. Proposals are due Aug. 16, 2023. 

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Patrick Carney, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), Cornell University
  • Nikolaos Dervisis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology), Virginia Tech
  • Jonathan Elliott, MA, Vet MB, PhD, Cert SAC, Dip ECVPT, MRCVS, Royal Veterinary College
  • Brian Flesner, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), PetDx
  • Gregory Krane, DVM PhD DACVP (Anatomic), Moderna Therapeutics
  • Mafalda Laranjo, PhD, University of Coimbra
  • Jo Ann Morrison, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Donna M. Raditic, DVM, DACVN, CVA (IVAS), The University of Tennessee
  • Dynatra Subasinghe, BVSc (Hon), MRCVS, SFHEA, PhD (Cantab), University of Surrey
  • Douglas Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology), Colorado State University
  • Guang Jun Zhang, MD, PhD, Purdue University

About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation's mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $149 million in nearly 3,000 critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at

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