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2018 Feline health grants available for sponsorship

In March, Winn announced the funding of 14 new feline health research projects for a total of $304,071, our largest grant review yet. Each year, Winn Feline Foundation receives proposals from veterinary researchers around the world who are interested in improving feline health. To date, Winn’s cumulative total in feline health research funding exceeds $6.4 million.

Winn is seeking donations of $250 and up to sponsor specific projects. Sponsors will receive progress reports as they are available and copies of any publications that result from the project that are provided by the investigators. Your help in sponsoring these projects means Winn can fund even more research next year.

W18-010: Understanding genetic differences in immunity to FIP
(Bria Fund Study and New Feline Investigator Award)
Emi Barker, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM, ECVIM, Christopher Helps, BVSc, PhD; Langford Vets, University of Bristol, UK; $6400

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is caused by a coronavirus, only some infected cats get the disease. This study will examine how genetic differences in a cat’s immune system play a role in this disease, and how common these differences are in the general cat population.

W18-019: Examining the effectiveness of a low-cost treatment for oral cancer
Michael Nolan, DVM, PhD; North Carolina State University; $23,060          

This study will examine the effectiveness of a simple treatment for oral cancer in cats with few side effects that could make treatment readily available, safe, and affordable.

W18-028: Investigating a new pain pathway associated with arthritis
Santosh Mishra, PhD, Duncan Lascelles, BVSc, PhD, DACVS; North Carolina State University; $23,560

Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) is a common in older cats, but few effective and safe treatments are available. This study will investigate a new pathway of pain associated with arthritis, which may lead to new therapies for this debilitating disease.

Sponsorship is easy! Simply pick one of the projects below seeking sponsors ($250 minimum donation). Go to our website http://www.winnfelinefoundation.org for more information on the project and to make your sponsorship donation online or download a donation form to mail to: 637 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 336, Wyckoff, NJ  07481.