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Morris Animal Foundation funds 6 new feline studies


The foundation will fund studies focusing on issues such as cancer and feline infectious peritonitis



Morris Animal Foundation announced it will fund 6 new studies that focus on multiple feline issues, including cancer and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). The foundation has selected professionals from around the world to help keep our feline pets happy and healthy.

The 2023 projects that will receive grants are:

  • Anne Avery, VMD, PhD, from Colorado State University will investigate the pathogenesis and origin of feline intestinal lymphoma.
  • Susannah Sample, DVM, MS, PhD, DAVCS, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will receive the grant money for the genetic foundation of tooth resorption in felines.
  • Maciej Parys, PhD, from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, will explore a Genome-wide CRISPR knockout screening to identify novel therapeutic targets of feline oral squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Gillian McLellan, BVMS, PhD, DACVO, DECVO, DVOphthal, MRCVS, FARVO Professor, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will delineate age-related neuropathology and correlations with behavioral abnormalities in feline cognitive dysfunction syndrome.
  • Terza Brostoff, DVM, PhD, from the University of California, Davis, will investigate foundational steps toward a novel FIP mRNA vaccine.
  • Shirley Chu, DVM, from the University of Missouri, is investigating a Phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating tolerability, efficacy, and immune modulation with spatially fractionated lattice stereotactic radiation therapy in feline oral squamous cell carcinoma.

"Cats are an important part of so many people's lives," said Kathy Tietje, MBA, PhD, vice president of Scientific Operations at Morris Animal Foundation. "Investment in research advancing their health and well-being continues to be a priority for the Foundation. We're proud to contribute to the science of feline health everywhere by providing financial support for these innovative studies."


Morris Animal Foundation funds six new feline health studies. News release. Morris Animal Foundation. December 22, 2022. Accessed January 4, 2023. https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/morris-animal-foundation-funds-six-new-feline-health-studies-301709361.html

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