The AKC Canine Health Foundation will spend more than $1.5 million next year on research grants to help dogs – and possibly people – live longer, healthier lives, says Terry Warren, CHF chief executive officer and general counsel.
The one- to two-year “Oak” grants are awarded annually to research projects that examine causes, provide accurate diagnosis and prognosis and develop effective treatments for canine disease.
For 2012, the foundation approved 21 grants to 14 research institutions and universities to conduct research covering canine health issues such as cataracts, carcinoma, dermatitis, epilepsy, liver disease, lymphoma, melanoma, and osteosarcoma. This year’s grants cover research of diseases affecting all dogs and specific breeds, such as Australian Shepherds, Bassett Hounds, Greyhounds, Havanese, Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs and West Highland White Terriers.
People may also stand to benefit from the research, since most dog diseases also occur in humans.
“There are a number of research projects this year that have the potential to be translational from dogs to humans,” Warren says. “As a result, we are not only helping our beloved companions, but we are helping ourselves.”
For more details on the 2012 CHF research grants, click here.