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DENVER/Dec 13, 2016 Morris Animal Foundation, committed to solving the critical health problems of animals around the world, announced nine newly funded studies to improve canine health. The scope of the studies covers a diverse set of health challenges from cancer to a deadly blood disorder and more.

Through the grants, totaling nearly $830,000, the Foundation is supporting nine researchers at seven universities including Cornell University, University of Minnesota, and Washington State University. The Foundation’s Small Animal Scientific Advisory Board reviewed all submitted grant applications and selected, based on scientific merit and impact, the studies with the greatest potential to save lives, preserve health, and advance veterinary care. Canine studies funded in the 2016 grant cycle include:

  • Controlling the spread of antibiotic-resistant staph infection
  • Finding new therapy targets for mast cell tumors
  • Evaluating a new treatment for immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, a deadly blood disorder
  • Curbing tumor growth and chemotherapy resistance in canine hemangiosarcoma, a fatal cancer
  • Developing a canine influenza vaccine
  • Investigating gallbladder disease
  • Understanding genetic risk of developing calcium oxalate urinary stones
  • Searching for genetic mutations for inherited ocular melanosis, an eye disease prevalent in Cairn terriers
  • Detecting and preventing bladder stones in miniature schnauzers

“Dogs are such an important part of our families and our homes, and we want them to have the longest, healthiest lives possible,” said Dr. Barbara Wolfe, Chief Scientific Officer at the Foundation. “To that end, Morris Animal Foundation continues to fund groundbreaking studies that are tackling difficult problems in veterinary medicine, saving animal lives, and giving hope to animal lovers everywhere.”

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies that advance the health of companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, the Foundation has invested more than $103 million toward 2,500 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments and preventions to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at Morris Animal Foundation.