Grants to Study FIP and Other Diseases

Investigations into potential treatments for feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and chronic kidney disease were among ten projects selected by the Winn Feline Foundation from 44 proposals to receive $174,018 in funding.

The investigation by Belgium researchers to evaluate the efficacy of a treatment for feline infectious peritonitis received the most funding at $24,962.
A study led by Kathryn Meurs, DVM, PhD, of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine received $24,674 to focus on identifying the gene responsible for feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the Sphynx cat. Identification of the gene could lead to a reduction in the prevalence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the Sphynx cat and provide information on the disease in other breeds, as well.