Support the Fight
to End FIP
Bria Fund is a special fund for Winn Feline Foundation dedicated to researching all aspects of FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis). Supporters rally to raise awareness and funds for FIP Research. All donations go directly to Winn Feline Foundation's Bria Fund.
To date we have raised over $569,000 towards FIP Research! Bria Fund has sponsored 24 studies leading to progress made in all aspects of FIP including treatment!
Clinical Trials and
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FIP Fighters supports treatment and procedures supported by research studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals. We also advocate for participation in legitimate, humane clinical trials.
FIP progress to date included initial, successful clinical trials using experimental drugs GC376 and GS441524. Both drugs are still experimental and neither approved or available to the general public. Additional FIP clinical trials using GC376 are underway, and GS441524/GS5734 is a human drug currently in a phase 2 clinical study.
Neither drug is available as an approved drug on any market in the world.
From Purina Pro Plan SPring Issue
They cover the story of Luna's clinical trial and go into depth about the current treatments that are finding success in clinical trials.
They also cover FIP Virus Replication, FIP Prevention, Signs of Feline Infectious Peritonitis, and they talk about what to do When a Cat Has Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus.
Thank you Purina Pro Plan for highlighting Bria Fund and our efforts to raise money for research.
All donations go directly to FIP studies
Many pieces of the FIP puzzle are solved. We have come further in understanding and diagnosing FIP, treating it, and reached the point of some cats living with FIP as a chronic disease because of prophylactic biologicals and drugs. This includes a treatment and time will tell if this cure is permanent, but it is quite promising.
Because of two new FIP drugs from recent clinical trials, there are also cats formerly clinically diagnosed with FIP living without it for over a year. They are enjoying life as happy, normal cats. When available, these drugs will potentially help many cats with both wet and dry FIP, but they will not cure all types of FIP, such as neurological. The search for additional FIP drugs to cure this type and others is ongoing. It is the most exciting time since the Bria Fund was founded!
Please help support this important research by donating to the Bria Fund for FIP Research and encouraging family, friends, animal health professionals and cat lovers to do so too. Together, we can end FIP!
The Winn Feline Foundation, including the Bria Fund, is a public charity established to support health-related studies benefiting cats under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
What is FIP?
FIP is ultimately caused by a common and a largely innocuous enteric coronavirus, similar to coronaviruses causing diarrhea in humans, foals, calves and poultry. In about 10% of cats, mainly kittens, the enteric coronavirus will undergo specific mutations that allow it to escape the cells lining the lower intestine and infect the most basic cell of the immune system, the macrophage. This macrophage infection is eliminated in all but 0.3-1.4% of cats, which for unknown reasons are unable to develop the required protective immunity. The disease that occurs in this unfortunate small group of cats can clinically manifest within days, several weeks, sometimes months, and rarely a year or more. The form of disease that is manifested is referred to simply as wet (effusive) or dry (non-effusive). These two forms are easily distinguishable, although there may also be transition forms between the two. Some cats may present with signs of dry FIP but later develop wet FIP, or vice versa. Overall, about 75% of cats will present with wet FIP and 25% will present with dry FIP. Less than 5% of cats, usually those with milder forms of dry FIP to start, will survive longer than one year with the best symptomatic care.
(Niels C. Pedersen, DVM PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus UC Davis, Center for Companion Animal Health)
Bria Fund Supporters News
Illustrated Gift Cards
Each of these note cards captures an image of a beloved cat, pet and friend that lost its life to FIP. They come from all over the world. Their caregivers are members of a facebook support group called FIP Fighters. The site provides assistance, advice and guidance for anyone going through this disease. The group is one of the best support groups on Facebook with wonderful administrators.
100% of the net proceeds of these lovely notecards go to the Winn Feline Foundation's Bria Fund that funds specifically to FIP research. Purchases of these cards as well as your additional donations will help continue the funding for a cure.