Smallpox, polio and even influenza-these deadly diseases once ruled the planet earth, killing by the millions. Today, because of scientific research, their impact is far less. Exactly the same is true for animal diseases such as for instance canine parvovirus and feline leukemia. One day, a host of other diseases that affect humans or animals, and sometimes both, may meet exactly the same fate.

When major medical breakthroughs happen, including the promising bone marrow treatment for humans with sickle cell anemia announced last December, we often don’t realize the full time and effort behind a brand new prevention, treatment or cure. The reality, though, is that medical advancements usually take years, even decades daun belalai gajah, to come quickly to fruition-and on the way countless ideas are attempted before one of them opens the doors. Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is devoted to finding and funding the following big ideas in animal health research.

We know a novel idea goes nowhere without proper funding-and funding for the unknown is frequently tough to come by. The Foundation is among the few organizations helping cutting-edge scientists gather data and test promising concepts that could 1 day lead to major health breakthroughs for animals.

Innovative Ideas Take Flight:
Through its pilot-study program, MAF provides funding around $10,800 for one-year studies that test a new idea and gather preliminary data to find out if the theory merits further investigation. The program provides timely funding for innovative ideas, boosts scientific discovery and advances the Foundation’s mission to improve the and welfare of animals.

“Pilot research study grants are made to support innovative research ideas and early-stage projects where preliminary data may possibly not be available,” says Dr. Wayne Jensen, MAF chief scientific officer.

One benefit to the pilot-study program is that MAF accepts these study proposals multiple times each year as opposed to through the traditional grant cycle of once per year. As a result, the program helps researchers respond more rapidly to emerging diseases and contemporary questions in animal health research.

Funding for pilot studies is desperately needed seriously to advance veterinary medicine for companion animals and wildlife. Dr. James Moore, chair of the Foundation’s large animal scientific advisory board, explains that most funding agencies only support proposals that already include a sufficient level of preliminary data to declare that the expected outcomes is likely to be achieved. But scientists need funding to gather preliminary data. So it absolutely was no real surprise that MAF received an overwhelming response-161-to its two 2009 requires proposals. Yet the Foundation can fund only 12 to 18 projects each year.

Beyond uncovering information regarding the infectious diseases that were killing sea otters, these studies also resulted in increased state legislative protections for the playful creatures and trained numerous up-and-coming wildlife health researchers.

A current study funded by our Canine Cancer Campaign is testing a new drug therapy for bone cancer in dogs. This major project encompasses multiple facets and institutions and could eventually save the lives of tens and thousands of dogs-yet it began as a tiny pilot effort. Additional pilot projects may soon lead to a promising treatment for eye cancer in horses, improved nutrition for brook trout and better pain management for reptiles.