Morris Animal Foundation awards go to Ohio State Veterinary Researchers

$1.2 million supports eight studies

The Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) has awarded researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State eight grants totaling more than $1.2 million dollars. Dogs, cats, horses and even alpacas are the beneficiaries of the studies that examine a variety of health issues, from the characterization of cancerous tumors to enriching the lives of animals housed in shelters.

According to the MAF, helping animals enjoy longer, healthier lives requires ongoing scientific animal health research to give veterinarians the tools they need to better diagnose and treat animals. They are a world leader in supporting research to prevent, diagnose, treat and even cure disease in companion animals and wildlife, and have committed to funding more than 200 animal health studies in 2010, with support for those studies totaling $13 million over the next three years.

Canine-related studies

  • Aminocaproic Acid in the Prevention of Postoperative Bleeding in Greyhounds
    • D08CA-068, Guillermo Couto, Grant Amount: $167,424
  • Characterization of MicroRNA Dysregulation in Canine Mast Cell Tumors
    • D09CA-060, Cheryl A. London, Grant Amount: $62,010
  • MicroRNA Profiling of Canine Osteosarcoma (Fellowship)
    • D09CA-402, Joelle M. Fenger, Grant Amount: $92,468
  • Use of Curcumin, a Compound Found in the Spice Tumeric, for the Treatment of Osteosarcoma
    • D09CA-500, Cheryl London, Grant Amount: $290,120

Equine-related study

  • Endocrine Energy Response in Foal Sepsis: Leptin and Insulin
    • D08EQ-035, Ramiro E. Toribio, Grant Amount: $40,230

Feline-related studies

  • Effect of Combined Zoledronic Acid and Piroxicam on Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
    • D08FE-023, Thomas J. Rosol, Grant Amount: $140,109
  • The In Vitro Effects of Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors on Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
    • D08FE-065, William C. Kisseberth, Grant Amount: $32,400
  • Effect of Cage Enrichment and Predictability on Health Outcomes of Shelter Cats
    • D09FE-502, Linda Lord, Grant Amount: $382,371

Llama/Alpaca-related study

  • The Effects of Mycoplasma Haemolamae Genetics to Virulence, Detection, and Vertical Transmission
    • D09LA-003, Jeffrey Lakritz, Grant Amount: $28,751

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About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.