The VAF’s “Charm City Celebration” is SOLD OUT!

The VAF’s 4th Annual Party & Auction, “A Charm City Celebration” is now SOLD OUT!

This event will take place on Friday, October 13th from 7 pm – 9:30 pm at the ACVO Conference in Baltimore, MD.

Join us for a traditional crab boil dinner, OPEN BAR, raffles, live + silent auctions

and lots of fun!

For details about LIVE and SILENT auction items click here

VAF Issues RFP for Canine Glaucoma

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals addressing Canine Glaucoma with special emphasis on surgical therapies

The goal of this research initiative is to co-join basic and clinical research to understand the underlying disease pathogenesis and accelerate progress toward developing effective diagnostics and/or therapeutics for glaucoma.

Of particular interest to the VAF will be novel and innovative approaches to glaucoma research that will lead to timely clinical application that can benefit dogs through definitive diagnosis of glaucoma or development of treatments, particularly surgical therapies, for this devastating disease.

Deadline for Proposals:  October 23, 2017, 11:59 pm

Click here for more information, grant instructions and template.

SARDS Grant Update

An update from Dr. Freya Mowat, recipient of the VAF’s large grant award for SARDS research:
Our first paper was submitted last week to Veterinary Ophthalmology and is in peer review. Our resident will present this work at the ACVO meeting in October.  We are also working on the comparisons with normal dogs, SARDS and Cushing’s dogs, with a presentation by one of our residents at the ACVO meeting. We are finished with recruitment with that part of the study (last case was seen this month) so will start some of the bench top work very soon. examining hormones between SARDS and other groups.
We are excited to continue to work on this subject and are motivated, particularly to find ways to identify SARDS cases earlier.
Freya Mowat, BVSc. Ph.D Dipl. ECVO Dipl. ACVO

2017 Resident Grant Award Recipients Announced

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is pleased to announce the 2017 Resident Grant Award recipients:

Dr. Kathleen Bedard
University of Georgia
$5,000, 18 months
Comparison of two different visual aid devices in aiding navigation in a population of irreversibly blind dogs

Dr. Samantha Pederson
Colorado State University
$3,713, 18 months
Canine corneal astigmatism following sutured dorsonasal versus dorsotemporal clear corneal incisions

Dr. Elizabeth Schaefer
The University of Missouri
$5,000, 12 months
Detection of DNA viral pathogens in canine lobular orbital adenomas

Dr. Becky Telle
University of Wisconsin-Madison
$5,000, 24 months
Development and validation of new methods to visualize conventional aqueous outflow pathways in canine glaucoma

VAF Hosted Canine Glaucoma Think Tank November 2016

On Saturday, November 5th the VAF hosted a Think Tank focused on “Surgical Techniques for the Treatment of Canine Glaucoma”.  The results of this meeting will be published in a White Paper and recommendations will be used to prepare an RFP to fund research on this topic.  Thank you to VAF Board member Dr. András M. Komáromy for organizing this event.

Participants were:
Dr. Dineli Bras, Centro de Especialistas Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Dr. Douglas Esson, Eye Care for Animals, Tustin, CA
Dr. Ronald Fellman, Glaucoma Associates of Texas, Dallas, TX
Dr. Larry Kagemann, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. András M. Komáromy,Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Dr. Sakoyo Moroi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. John Sapienza, Long Island Veterinary Specialists, Plainview, NY
Dr. Eric Storey, South Atlanta Animal Eye Clinic, Fayetteville, GA
Dr. Leandro Teixeira, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Dr. Carol Toris, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Dr. Terah Webb, MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, Columbus, OH

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VAF Announces Recipient of SARDS Grant Award

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Freya Mowat of North Carolina State University has been selected as the recipient of the organization’s grant award for research to address Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration (SARDS).

The title of the proposal is “Defining the effect of immune-mediated damage to the pineal gland in the etiopathogenesis of sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) in dogs”.  It is a two-year project, with funding to be awarded in the amount of $29,948.

Co-investigators are: Drs. Katherine Lunn, Natasha Olby, and Gianluca Tosini.

SARDS White Paper Published!

Congratulations to Dr. Andras Komáromy and the VAF Think Tank participants on the publication of the following article in Veterinary Ophthalmology:

Komáromy AM, Abrams KL, Heckenlively JR, Lundy SK, Maggs DJ, Leeth CM, MohanKumar PS, Petersen-Jones SM, Serreze DV, van der Woerdt A. Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) – a review and proposed strategies toward a better understanding of pathogenesis, early diagnosis, and therapy. Vet Ophthalmol. 2015 Jun 20. doi: 10.1111/vop.12291. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26096588.

To view the abstract, click here

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