VAF Canine Glaucoma RFP

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. Areas of importance within this program include:

  • Elucidating the underlying anatomy and physiology of canine-specific disease mechanisms. Examples include clarifying aqueous humour flow dynamics, age- or breed-related changes in the iridocorneal angle, pathogenesis of tapetal sparing, etc.
  • Development of techniques for early glaucoma diagnosis and disease staging.
  • Optimization of medical and surgical treatments. Particular emphasis will be places on the improvement of existing surgical therapies and evaluation of novel treatments recently introduced for the management of human glaucoma.

The grant award will be $30,000 and will be announced in late December.

To review the RFP click here

A white paper on the topic of Canine Glaucoma, authored by Dr. Andras Komaromy and other members of the VAF Think Tank, will soon be submitted to Veterinary Ophthalmology.

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

Please review the Grant Instructions and follow the attached template.

VAF Canine Glaucoma Grant Instructions

Canine Glaucoma Grant Template

VAF Policy for Animals Involved in Research

*  Participants in the VAF Think Tank on the topic of Canine Glaucoma in November 2016 are not excluded from applying for this grant. *

Canine Glaucoma Grant Review Committee (ad-hoc)

Heather Chandler, PhD
The Ohio State University, OH

Thomas Chen, DVM, MS, DACVO
Village Veterinary Medical Center, TN

Dustin Dees, DVM, DACVO
Eye Care for Animals,TX

Paul Miller, DVM, DACVO
University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

Vijaykrishna Raghunathan,PhD
University of Houston, TX

Christopher Reilly, DVM, DACVP
Insight Veterinary Specialty Pathology, TX

Phillip Yuhas, OD
The Ohio State University, OH