Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) October 02, 2013
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has been honored as a Distinguished Research Partner by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Points of Pride Research Day. This annual event celebrates the CVM’s research program, honors faculty, fellows, students, and research partners who contribute to the advancement of biomedical sciences and veterinary medicine.
Since 1995, CHF has awarded just over $3.4 million in research grants to University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. This represents 45 funded grants for researchers at the university. Most recently, Dr. Grace Elizabeth Pluhar was awarded funding to develop a therapeutic brain tumor vaccine. Also this year, Dr. Jaime Modiano and colleagues from other institutions received over $1 million to develop markers to diagnose and guide cancer treatment based on newly discovered heritable and acquired genetic mutations.
“It is with great pleasure that the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine recognizes the research support generously provided by the AKC Canine Health Foundation with its annual Distinguished Research Partner Award,” said Dr. Srirama Rao, PhD, Associate Dean for Research at the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine. “The sustained research funding received from CHF has been instrumental in the seminal discoveries made by our faculty. We have every reason to believe that these discoveries will potentially lead to preventing, treating and/or curing canine disease and will advance the College’s One Health initiative of ‘One Medicine One Science.’”
Points of Pride Research day includes a poster competition, seminars and award presentations. Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF’s Chief Scientific Officer, who accepts the award on behalf of CHF said, “Given the current constraints of research funding in the new economy, CHF realizes that partnerships across all aspects of animal health and veterinary medicine are no longer merely helpful, but are now critical for progress. We are very proud to be recognized as a partner in this collective effort by UMN and look forward to our continuing our ongoing collaboration to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.”
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound, scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), dog clubs, and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $40 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at http://www.akcchf.org for more information.