Morris animal foundation awards $1 million for new studies benefiting canine health

For the good of dogs everywhere, Morris Animal Foundation announced it awarded nearly $1 million in grants for 11 canine research projects. The studies will help veterinary scientists improve the health and well-being of dogs suffering from deadly and debilitating diseases, including cancer, spinal cord disease and gastrointestinal disorders.

“Dogs are, as the saying goes, man’s best friend, with nearly 90 million in American households,” said Tiffany Grunert, Morris Animal Foundation’s Acting President and CEO. “They enrich our lives so much and deserve the best care we can provide. At Morris Animal Foundation, we are proud to fund studies that help our canine companions have longer, healthier lives.”

Through this year’s grants, the Foundation is supporting scientists at 11 universities, including the University of Minnesota, Cornell University and the University of Melbourne, Australia. The Foundation’s Small Animal Scientific Advisory Board reviewed all submitted grant applications and selected, based on scientific merit and impact, the studies with the greatest potential to save lives, preserve health and advance veterinary care. Canine studies funded for 2018 include:

Blocking Hemangiosarcoma Tumor Growth

Hemangiosarcoma, a malignant cancer of blood vessel cells, is an aggressive disease that is rapidly fatal in dogs. Researchers will investigate ways to block tumor cells from using cholesterol and lipids that fuel tumor growth.

Exploring Novel Treatments for IBD

Researchers are looking at changes in gut bacteria that stimulate the immune system in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease to help identify novel ways to diagnose and treat this disease.

Investigating Connections between Chemicals and Cancers

Researchers will explore how specific enzymes in dogs break down common environmental chemicals that have been linked to cancers in humans.

Imaging to Improve Diagnosis for Neurodegenerative Disorder

Canine degenerative myelopathy (CDM) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder that affects the spinal cords of dogs, causing eventual paralysis in the hind legs. Researchers will determine if an advanced MRI technique can be applied to dogs with CDM.


About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded by a veterinarian in 1948, we fund and conduct critical health studies for the benefit of all animals. Learn more at

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