Sunday, November 18th is National Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
Awareness, Research, and Education Day
Thirteen years ago on November 18th, Dr. Susan Little DVM, then President of the Winn Feline Foundation announced creation of the Bria Fund for FIP Research, dedicated to the study of Feline Infectious Peritonitis.
Bria, a nine month old Birman kitten died from complications of FIP on April 19, 2005. In her memory, Bria's parents, Susan Gingrich and Jim Shurskis, successfully approached Winn with their proposal for the Bria Fund. The original Winn announcement stated, "In memory of Bria, the fund will advance FIP research to hopefully someday eliminate it, or at the very least, develop an accurate test and...
The Latest News on FIP Research, the Bria Fund and Winn Feline Foundation
A recent media release announced licensure and commercial development of GC376, an antiviral FIP drug demonstrated to cure some cats with FIP. The research on the drug was coordinated between Dr. Yunjeong Kim of Kansas State University and Dr. Niels Pedersen of University of California-Davis.
Because of the research results, the Kansas State University of Commercialization coordinated a licensing agreement with Anivive Lifesciences, a California company with proprietary software able to advance discovery and development of new pet medications. While GC376 is still several years from release, if FDA app...
Winn Feline Foundation Announces New Executive Director, Julie Legred, CVT
Wyckoff, NJ, September 25th, 2018
Julie Legred, CVT is the new Executive Director of the Winn Feline Foundation.
Legred has held leadership positions in veterinary medicine throughout her career. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, where she was instrumental in elevating the status of technicians and supported the current transition to be called veterinary nurse. She represented over 15,000 veterinary technicians/nurses around the country.
Legred was previously the veterinary technician specialist for Banfield the Pet Hospital.
Winn Feline Foundation Announces a Special Call
for Research Grant Proposals for Feline Infectious Peritonitis
For Immediate Release
Winn Feline Foundation Call for Research Proposals
Wyckoff, NJ: August 29, 2018
Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that funds research into health issues affecting cats.
Specific Subject Areas: Research pertaining to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), including genetics/molecular biology, prevention, diagnostics, and safe and effective treatment.
Winn Feline Foundation, in a special funding opportunity made possible through The Bria Fund for FIP Research, is calling for proposals that address genetics/molecular biology, prevention, novel diagnostics,...
I finally found a few minutes to write about Jim, my and the Bria Fund’s wonderful experience this past week-end. We were at Gray Summit, close to St. Louis MO, for the Midwest T.G.I.F. Fanciers and the National Birman Fanciers’ cat shows. The location Purina Farms, and its Events Center, where the cat shows were held, was quite impressive. Both shows were excellently managed, and we greatly appreciated the invitation and hard work by everyone involved. There were many beautiful cats, including those shown in the household cats competition, where shelter and rescue cats can also be entered. I definitely got my Birman fix with all the adorable kittens and lovely adults. Thanks to Charli, the NBF show manager, I also g...
Previously, I shared news about the latest Bria Fund FIP supported project exploring genetics in relation to FIP. During the grant review process, another FIP related proposal was selected funded through Winn’s PetSmart Charities’ grant:
Principal Investigator: Gary Whittaker, PhD, Elizabeth Berliner, DVM; Cornell University, Grant ID: W18-007
Grant Amount: $24,307
Upper respiratory infections are an important cause of disease in cats, especially in animal shelters. While there are often multiple viruses and bacteria associated with upper respiratory infection, we have evidence that cats are infected with feline coronavirus in nasal and conjunctive (eye) swabs. Our study is designed to assess the importance of feline...