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CAHF Research Grants: 2016-2017

May 25th, 2016

The WCVM Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) has provided financial support for four pet health research projects that will be conducted by research teams at the regional veterinary college during the next year. Read the following research summaries for more details about each study. Can combined CT-MRI images help to accurately define brain tumours in cats? Drs. Monique Mayer, Jerome Gagnon, Gillian …

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CAHF Research Grants: 2015-16

This year, the WCVM Companion Animal Health Fund provided financial support for seven pet health research projects at the regional veterinary college. Read the following research summaries for more details about each study. Could a method used to treat liver disease in humans be applied to cats? Drs. Ahmad Al-Dissi and Jolanda Verhoef, WCVM Inflammatory liver disease is the second most common liver …

November 19th, 2015 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants: 2014-15

Metformin: a new potential cancer drug for dogs? Drs. M. Casey Gaunt, Charlotte Johnson, Valerie MacDonald Dickinson and Trisha Dowling, WCVM; and Ryan Dickinson, Prairie Diagnostic Services Metformin is a drug that has been used to manage type-2 diabetes mellitus in humans. Recent studies have shown that the drug may also have the ability to decrease the incidence of — …

August 03rd, 2014 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants, 2013-14

Can a new test help more cats survive pancreatic cancer? Drs. Elemir Simko, Melissa Meachem, Beverly Kidney, Marion Jackson and Elisabeth Snead Feline pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that kills most cats within seven days of being diagnosed. By the time the disease is discovered, it has usually spread through the cat’s body leaving veterinarians and owners with few, …

September 19th, 2013 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants: 2012-2013

Distribution of antifungal agent voriconazole in body fluids of healthy dogs after repeated dosing Drs. Susan Taylor, Julie Lemétayer, Patricia Dowling and Anthony Carr Fungal infections, a significant cause of disease in dogs, frequently involve the lungs and eyes. Although long-term treatment of four to six months is typically required, systemic antifungal therapy often fails once the inflammation stops and …

June 05th, 2012 Full story »

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CAHF research grants, 2011-2012

In March, members of the Companion Animal Health Fund’s advisory board approved the allocation of more than $75,000 to eight pet health research projects at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. The funding will fuel the work of eight WCVM research teams that will conduct their investigations over the next 18 months. The studies’ topics range from veterinary oncology, internal …

August 06th, 2011 Full story »

CAHF research grants, 2010-2011

In 2010-2011, 11 research teams at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine received nearly $110,000 in funding from the Companion Animal Health Fund to investigate important health issues that affect pets across Western Canada and beyond. Which anesthetic is best for laryngoscopic exams? Drs. Barbara Ambros, Tanya Duke, Sue Taylor and Casey Gaunt Laryngeal paralysis is a common respiratory disorder …

August 05th, 2010 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants: 2009-2010

What can lung tissues tell us about acute necrotizing pancreatitis? Drs. Baljit Singh and Anthony Carr, WCVM A form of pancreatitis called acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP) is associated with a high rate of mortality in dogs. Researchers believe ANP occurs when enzymes that normally aid with digestion become activated within the pancreas. That leads to the death of pancreatic tissue …

June 05th, 2009 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants: 2008-2009

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcal aureus (MRSA) in dogs Drs. Joseph Rubin and Manuel Chirino-Trejo, WCVM; Alice Wong and Steve Sanche, Royal University Hospital Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcal aureus (MRSA) is an emerging pathogen in animals worldwide; very little is known about the strain types or prevalence of MRSA in dogs. With the recent isolation of MRSA from canine patients at WCVM, there’s a need …

June 05th, 2008 Full story »