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Winn Feline Foundation Announces 2019 Winn Grant Awards

May 20, 2019

For Immediate Release


Wyckoff, NJ, May 20th, 2019: Winn Feline Foundation is please to announcethe award of sixteen feline medical research grants totaling $307,679 funded through the generous support of private and corporate donations from around the world.

Over the years, Winn Feline Foundation has helped to advance veterinary expertise in all areas of feline health. Research topics considered for funding are quite broad and can cover any issue that potentially benefits feline health and well-being such as disease identification, treatment and diagnostics, nutrition and behavior, to name a few. In addition, project selection is based on strict criteria, including scientific merit, clinical relevance, budgetary soundness and humane treatment.

This year, the Winn Feline Foundation’s Grant Review Committee reviewed forty one grant proposals and grants were awarded for the following studies:


Optimization of the Diagnosis of Feline Parvovirus (Panleukopenia) Infection in a Shelter Environment (W19-003)
PI: Dr. Linda Jacobson, Toronto Humane Society; $21,500
(Sponsored by PetSmart Charities®)

Refining a Method to Measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in Freely Moving Cats Assess Welfare (W19-012)
PI: Dr. Lynette A. Hart, University of California, Davis; $11,306
(Sponsored by PetSmart Charities®)

Effects of a Surrogate Mother on Misdirected Oral Behaviors in Orphaned Neonatal Kittens (W19-035)
PI: Dr. Karen Vernau; University of California, Davis; $25,000
(Sponsored by PetSmart Charities® and Winn Funded)

Screening Shelter Cats for FELV: Balancing Disease Control and Lifesaving (W19-041)
PIs: Dr. Alexis Bardzinski and Dr. Julie Levy; Austin Pets Alive! and University of Florida; $24,984
(Sponsored by PetSmart Charities®)


Gene Editing Strategies for Treatment of Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (W19-005)
PI: Dr. Elliott Chiu; Colorado State University; $15,000
(Maine Coon Fund/Ricky Fund)


Annotation of Genome Regulatory Regions in Feline Non-Doding DNA via Tissue Specific ChIP-Seq (W19-010)
PIs: Dr. Alexandra N. Myers and Dr. William Murphy; Texas A&M AgriLife Research; $15,000
(Sponsored by Wisdom Health™)


Diagnostic and Molecular Identification of Trypanosoma Cruzi Infection in Cats from Animal Shelters in Southern Louisiana (W19-002)
PI: Dr. Eric Dumonteil, Tulane University; $24,937

Targeted Intra-Arterial Administration of Tissue Plasminogen Activator as a Treatment for Feline Distal Aortic Thromboembolism (W19-014)
PIs: Dr. Sigal Klainbart and Dr. Joshua Milgram; The Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Koret school of Veterinary Medicine; $24,950

Identification of Diagnostic Biomarkers of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (W19-024)
PIs: Dr. Gregg Dean and Dr. Kelly Santangelo; Colorado State University; $25,000 (Bria Fund)

Generating an Attenuated Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Vaccine by Inactivating EndoU (W19-025)
PIs: Dr. Gary R. Whittaker and Dr. Susan G. Baker; Cornell University and Loyola University Chicago; $25,000 (Bria Fund)

Developing a Safe and Effective Anticoronaviral Therapy for Cats with FIP – Continuation (W19-026)
PIs: Dr. Brian Murphy and Dr. Niels C. Pedersen; University of California, Davis; $23,779 (Bria Fund)

Determining the Pharmacokinetic pProfile of Mefloquine in Clinically Normal Cats as a Preliminary In-Vivo Study Towards a Potential Treatment for Feline Infectious Peritonitis (W19-027)
PIs: Dr. Merran Govendir and Dr. Jaqueline Norris; University of Sydney; $24,624 (Bria Fund)

Accuracy and Precision of Compounded Famciclovir for Treatment of Cats Affected with Feline Herpesvirus Type-1 (W19-030)
PI: Dr. Louise O’Leary; Iowa State University; $8,587

The Pharmacokinetics of Single Oral Dose Extended-Release Topiramate and Adverse Effects After Multi-Dose Administration in Healthy Cats (W19-037)
PIs: Dr. Kari Foss and Dr. Jennifer M. Reinhart; University of Illinois; $18,800

Evaluation of Feline Urine Concentrations of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate (W19-038)
PIs: Dr. Kate KuKanich and Dr. Butch KuKanich; Kansas State University; $7,275 (Urinary/Kidney Fund)

Assessment of Transdermal Penetration of Gabapentin in Cats (W19-039)
PI; Dr. Jennifer E. Slovak; Washington State University; $11,937


Individual donors, clubs, organizations or companies may sponsor specific projects. When you sponsor a project, your name will be added to the list of the project’s supporters on our website and in any publications we produce about the project. You will receive exclusive pre-publication reports on the progress of your chosen project as they become available, and a final report at its conclusion. A minimum donation of $250 is required for project sponsorship.

Sponsorship is easy! Simply pick one of the projects seeking sponsors ($250 minimum donation). Go to our website for more information one 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

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 over
$6.7 million in health research for cats at more than30 partner institutionsworld-wide.For further information, go to www.winnfelinefoundation.org.

Winn Feline Foundation
Julie Legred, CVT
Executive Director
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Winn Feline Foundation
Steve Dale, CABC
Media Contact and Winn Board Member
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Winn Feline Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established by The Cat Fanciers Association.