The Morris Animal Foundation recently awarded two fellowships to promote feline health research. The Amanda Feline Fellowships were granted to Jessica Quimby, DVM, of Colorado State University, who will study chronic kidney disease therapy; and Smitha Pillai, BVSc, PhD, of Ohio State University, who will study oral cancer treatment. Each will receive $100,000 for her two-year fellowship. The fellowships are fully funded by an anonymous cat enthusiast.
“With this fellowship, I hope to discover why cats develop chronic kidney disease and to develop stem cell therapy for cats suffering from it,” said Dr. Quimby, a doctoral student who also works in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State.
The fellowships are part of the foundation’s Happy Healthy Cat Campaign, which aims to raise pet owner awareness of feline health issues and to increase funding for feline health research and scientist training.