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2019 Miller Trust Grant Awards Announced – Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Wyckoff, New Jersey, December 19th, 2019: In 2002, the George Sydney and Phyllis Redman Miller Trust designated Winn Feline Foundation as one of its advisor organizations. Winn has subsequently been provided an unprecedented opportunity to make annual recommendations for grant awards to the San Francisco Foundation trustees of the Miller Trust. The total grant funding varies each year.

For 2019, Winn Feline Foundation is excited to have made the following recommendations for Miller Trust Grant Awards totaling $133,813:

Precision Medicine Genomics for Cats (continuation) – MT19-001
Principal Investigator: Leslie Lyons, PhD; University of Missouri; $35,000

Cats are Not Dogs: Addressing Drug Failure in Cats – MT19-006
Principal Investigators: M. Katherine Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Bradley T. Simon, DVM, MSc, DACVAA; Texas A & M University,
Mark G. Papich, DVM, MS,DACVCP; North Carolina State, Aarti Kathrani, BVetMed (Hons), PhD, DACVIM, DACVN, FHEA, MRCVS; Royal Veterinary College; $21,294

Defining stem cell-induced alterations in CD8+ T cells in cats with chronic gingivostomatitis – MT19-007
Principal Investigator: Dori Borjesson; University of California – Davis; $27,500

Using probiotics to modulate the respiratory microbiome in feline allergic asthma – MT19-008
Principal Investigators: Carol Reinero, DVM, DACVIM, PhD and Aida Vientos-Plotts, DVM, DACVIM; University of Missouri; $34,686

Evaluation of flash glucose monitoring systemsin diabetic cats – MT19-010
Principal Investigator: Stefanie DeMonaco; Virginia-Maryland College; $15,333

In addition to the Miller Trust Grant recommendations, Winn Feline Foundation will be awarding additional funding for the following:

Biologic variability of cardiac biomarkers in healthy cats and cats with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – MTW19-009
Principal Investigators: Ryan Fries, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois; $20,800 (Ricky Fund $14,600 and Winn General Fund $6,200)

“We are thrilled to be able to continue to support so many outstanding grant proposals that come in to Winn. The support of the San Francisco Foundation trustees of the Miller Trust and our donors is incredible and we would not be able to provide funding to such important cat health research without them”, says Julie Legred, CVT – Winn Feline Foundation’s executive director. “We are indeed very appreciative.”

About Winn Feline Foundation
Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1968 that supports studies to improve cat health.Since 1968, Winn Feline Foundation has funded more than $6.9 million in health research for cats at more than30 partner institutionsworld-wide. For further information, go to www.winnfelinefoundation.org.

Media Contacts
Julie Legred, CVT
Executive Director
888-963-6946, extension 706

Steve Dale, CABC
Media Contact and Winn Board Member

Winn Feline Foundation – 637 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 336, Wyckoff, NJ 07481