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The Canine Health Foundation, August, 2020, Newsletter

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CHF-Logo.png Health Liaison Newsletter August 2020 AKC CHF Website Research Support Form Sample & Clinical Trial Participation
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dog2 -4615678_1920.jpg Working to Advance Canine Health Research Lawrence, The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) staff continues to work remotely with our four-legged coworkers. With your continued support, CHF has awarded 46 new grants in 2020 totaling nearly $2.8 million for canine health research projects and educational programs. Each grant we fund is an effort to be responsive to emerging canine health concerns and priorities of our donors. This month the Foundation accepted proposals on Canine Cancer, Gastrointestinal Disease, Endocrinology, and Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease. Eligible proposals will undergo rigorous scientific peer review, and those awarded will join CHF’s 2021 portfolio of studies to prevent, treat and cure canine diseases.  While you’re home, I invite you to catch up on informational webinars, read about the latest tumor technology resulting from CHF-funded research, and browse the new 2020 canine health research grants! Warm regards, ARF Signature

Andrea R. Fiumefreddo, MS
Director of Programs & Operations
arf@akcchf.org Research Grants Portfolio Each grant we fund is an effort to be responsive to emerging canine health concerns and priorities of our donors. Please read through this portfolio to identify research in need of your organization’s support. 2020 Research Grants Portfolio Research Initiatives Publications from CHF-funded Studies Researchers awarded grants through CHF continue to produce a wealth of peer-reviewed publications contributing to scientific knowledge, impact in clinical care, and continued progress in canine health research.  Read below and click here to view more publications resulting from CHF-funded grants. rottweiler.jpg Assisting decision-making on age of neutering for 35 breeds of dogs CHF Grant 01488-A; University of California, Davis Using retrospective data from the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, this study looked at the risk of specific joint disorders and cancers associated with neutering/spaying. The team added 29 new breeds to their previous dataset generated through CHF grant 1488-A, covering 35 total breeds! Read More Button - lt blue Mosquito Laboratory assays reveal diverse phenotypes among microfilariae of heartworm CHF Grant 02458-A; Iowa State University Evidence suggests heartworms have increased drug resistance, minimizing the efficacy of preventatives. Investigators compared laboratory assays to determine if drug susceptibility could be predicted for effective drug screening. Read the full publication below, and learn more about heartworm and other infectious diseases here. Read More Button - lt blue chihuahua-2945855_1920.jpg Prognostic importance of echocardiographic measurements in dogs with pulmonary hypertension CHF Grant 01982 and 2013 Clinician-Scientist Fellowship; University of California, Davis Dr. Visser, an alumni of the Clinician Scientist Fellowship Program, recently published his work on pulmonary hypertension that found specific measurements of the right side of the heart offer information to help aid in the prognosis of dogs with this disease. Read More Button - lt blue Research Spotlight  CHF’s Neurology program area supports research into the molecular and genetic basis of neurologic disease and the identification of potential therapeutics to treat neurologic disorders. This month we highlight some of the new canine neurology studies below: Defining the Effect of Genotype, Breed and Age on the Risk of Developing Canine Degenerative Myelopathy and Investigating the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying That Risk
CHF Grant 02800; University of Missouri Characterization of the Fecal Microbiome in Dogs with Spinal Cord Injury Secondary to Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
CHF Grant 02790-A; University of Illinois Clinical Trial of Prevotella histicola Supplementation to Ameliorate Meningoencephalomyelitis of Unknown Origin (MUO)
CHF Grant 02802; Texas A&M University CHF is currently supporting over $800,000 in 12 grants to study canine neurologic disease (excluding epilepsy). Throughout the month of August these grants will be highlighted on our Facebook page. Support this research program to help continue the good work for dogs! AKC Canine Health Foundation’s 25th Anniversary CHF 25th anniversary logo  The AKC Canine Health Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! Follow along throughout the year on Facebook and the CHF website as we cover CHF’s major milestones and achievements.  Learn More >

 Ways to Get Involved Impact Story from the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program Two Parent Clubs Use PPCP Funds to Support Study of Novel Drug Target for Chronic Pain by Barb Fawver, Purina PPCP LogoResearch to understand the role of proteins known as P2X receptors on white blood cells in bone joints and the spinal cord — and how they potentially can aid pharmacological management of chronic and neurologic pain — piqued interest and financial support for Grant 01985 from parent clubs including the National Beagle Club (NBC) and Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America (CWCCA).    There are many opportunities to put Purina Parent Club Partnership (PPCP) Program dollars earned for CHF research to work, and Dig-In to Canine Health Research! Please consider moving your CHF Donor Advised Funds towards CHF research of your choice. Please contact chfgrants@akcchf.org for information regarding specific grants and information. Join the 25th Anniversary Donor Advised Fund Challenge! 25th Anniv DAF Challenge
                                    Badge.pngIn the Foundation’s 25th year, we urge your club to participate in the 25th anniversary Donor Advised Fund Challenge to help CHF achieve its mission by supporting cutting-edge research grants in the areas most important to your breed. Any club that moves 25% of its Donor Advised Fund balance or $25,000 by 12/31/2020 is eligible as a distinguished contributor to this challenge, earning a digital participation token to display on your website, social media, or within your organization’s newsletter. Participants will also be recognized on CHF’s 25th anniversary webpage and in the 2020 CHF Annual Report for their contribution. Review the new grants and make your important recommendation for sponsorship by completing a research sponsorship form to support innovative canine health research. Grant sponsorships at a level greater than $2,500 earn regular scientific progress updates on these critical studies. CHF Articles and Resources CHF Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach, Dr. Sharon Albright, is available to help share the latest canine health research information and educational articles with your club membership. Contact Sharon at Sharon.Albright@akcchf.org to discuss how CHF can support your club publication and your club’s commitment to a healthier future for all dogs.

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                                    from you VetVineSmallOrange Educational Webinars CHF and VetVine have once again teamed up to offer a series of live and pre-recorded webinars on canine health topics. Next up: Available Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 @ 12pm Eastern Management of Canine Pyometra
Karen Von Dollen, DVM, MS, DACT 2016 American Kennel Club/AKC Canine Health Foundation/Theriogenology Foundation Small Animal Theriogenology Resident – North Carolina State University
 Register here. Support Canine Health Research Please contact me directly at arf@akcchf.org or chfgrants@akcchf.org to discuss a study, learn about sponsoring research, or obtain any other scientific programs information. We always appreciate the opportunity to hear directly from you. Thank you for all you do for dogs and their health. Participate in Research When Possible! As phased reopenings and recommendations continue to adjust, consider participating in CHF-funded canine health studies when possible to help research investigators accomplish their project goals. Be sure to check with the institution and local jurisdiction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more about the significant impact you can make on canine health research through your and your dog’s participation. Projects seeking participation include oncology, respiratory and lung disease, blood disorders and hepatic disease studies. A few are listed below: • 02437-MOU – Characterization of Renal Disease in American Boxer Dogs
02644 – Evaluation of Gallbladder Motility in Dogs with Hyperlipidemia
02782 – Genetic Contribution to Early-onset Osteosarcoma
02561 – Is Gut Dysbiosis Associated with Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy?   Has your contact information changed? If there are any changes to your contact information or organizational changes within your club, please let us know right away so we can provide you with timely information from CHF!
Established in 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation’s (CHF) mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. CONNECT WITH US: Facebook IconLinkedIn iconDonate Button Rounded     Unsubscribe | Visit our website | Privacy Policy 2020 GuideStar logocharity navigator four star rating     AKC Canine Health Foundation
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