When major medical breakthroughs happen, such as 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 new prevention, treatment or cure. The reality, though, is that medical advancements usually take years, even decades, to come quickly to fruition-and along the way hundreds of ideas are attempted before one opens the doors. Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is devoted to finding and funding the next big ideas in animal health research daun belalai gajah.
We realize that the novel idea goes nowhere without proper funding-and funding for the unknown is usually tough in the future by. The Foundation is one of the few organizations helping cutting-edge scientists gather data and test promising concepts that can 1 day lead to major health breakthroughs for animals.
Innovative Ideas Take Flight:
Through its pilot-study program, MAF provides funding up to $10,800 for one-year studies that test a fresh idea and gather preliminary data to find out if the theory merits further investigation. This program provides timely funding for innovative ideas, boosts scientific discovery and advances the Foundation’s mission to boost the health and welfare of animals.
“Pilot research study grants are designed 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 per year rather than through the original 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 had a need to advance veterinary medicine for companion animals and wildlife. Dr. James Moore, chair of the Foundation’s large animal scientific advisory board, explains that a lot of funding agencies only support proposals that already include a sufficient number of preliminary data to claim that the expected outcomes will undoubtedly 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. The Foundation can fund only 12 to 18 projects each year.
Beyond uncovering information about the infectious diseases that were killing sea otters, these studies also generated 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 fresh drug therapy for bone cancer in dogs. This major project encompasses multiple facets and institutions and could eventually save the lives of tens of thousands of dogs-yet it began as a small pilot effort. Additional pilot projects may soon cause a promising treatment for eye cancer in horses, improved nutrition for brook trout and better pain management for reptiles.