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Morris Animal Foundation Announces Funding for Animal Health and Welfare Studies

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School of Veterinary Medicine researchers seek solutions to disease problems of dogs, cats and numerous other species.

Editor's note: The following press release comes from Morris Animal Foundation. Several School of Veterinary Medicine faculty and fellows are working on projects with support from the foundation.

Denver/October 5, 2011—Morris Animal Foundation,a world leader in helping animals enjoy longer, healthier lives by advancing animal health and welfare worldwide, has committed to funding more than 80 new and continuing companion animal studies in 2012. Over the next three years, more than $4 million is committed for canine health and welfare research and nearly $2 million will go toward feline health and welfare research. 

Funding will be provided to established researchers, new researchers and veterinarians pursuing advanced study. The following studies are taking place at UC Davis: 

Testing a New Gene Therapy to Help Cats with Chronic Renal Failure
Dr. Brian G. Murphy, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Studying Genetic Association for Bone Disease in Weimaraners and Other Breeds
Dr. Noa Safra, Department of Population Health and Reproduction

Analyzing Causes of Behavioral Changes in Belgian Malinois
Dr. Anita M. Oberbauer, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Understanding Mechanisms that Contribute to Early Changes in Cancer Stem Cells
Alex Davies, veterinary student

About Morris Animal Foundation

Contact: Tina M. Martinez,, 800.243.2345