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Canine Cancer Tops List of AKC-Funded Research for 2013

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Story at-a-glance
  • In 2013, the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation will fund 17 research grants totaling $1.7 million. Foundation funding partners include Nestlé Purina PetCare and Pfizer Animal Health.
  • Many of the grants will include a One Health component, which in this case means potential canine disease treatments may in the future also be used in human healthcare.
  • Six of the 17 research projects – and almost $750,000 of the $1.7 million – will go to canine cancer studies.

By Dr. Becker

Recently the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation Oak Grant program awarded 17 research grants totaling $1.7 million to various institutions and universities for research into canine health concerns.

The AKC’s foundation was started in 1995. Its sponsors include Nestlé Purina PetCare and Pfizer Animal Health.

AKC Foundation Grants Contain One Health Components

According to Veterinary Practice News, many of the 2013 grants include a One Health component. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the One Health initiative, the following is the organization’s mission statement:

Recognizing that human health (including mental health via the human-animal bond phenomenon), animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, One Health seeks to promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species by enhancing cooperation and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, other scientific health and environmental professionals and by promoting strengths in leadership and management to achieve these goals.

Dr. Shila Nordone, the foundation’s chief scientific officer, points out that “Naturally occurring disease in dogs is emerging as the most rigorous model for breakthroughs in treatments and therapies.”

For example, one of the 2013 grants will evaluate a new procedure to treat brain tumors in dogs – a procedure that might at some point also be used in the treatment of human brain tumors.

See 2013 funded projects HERE

January 24, 2013 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Health, Pets | , , , , | 3 Comments