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W15-026: Systemic feline coronavirus and its relationship to FIP

A critical determinant of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is the ability of the virus to infect white blood cells. The key differences between the viruses infecting the gastrointestinal tract (FECV), white blood cells, and other tissues and organs (FIPV), however, are still not well understood. The goal of this study is to understand the virus present in blood samples, and to identify the viral mutations responsible for spread in the blood. We expect the work proposed here to advance our understanding of both early and late events in FIP disease and to provide critical information on a diagnostic test currently under development in this lab The researcher also hopes to develop a novel, early, therapeutic interventions for treating FIP in the future. (Bria Fund Study)

Grant ID: W15-026

Status: Active

Year Funded: 2015

Amount awarded: $24,967

Investigator: Gary R. Whittaker, PhD; Cornell University