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KCALSI gets One Health funding boost


May 03, 2017 - Animal Pharm

By Sian Lazell
Animal Pharm
May 3,2017

The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) will see its One Health work backed by funding from The Hall Family Foundation.

The finance will support five grants from KCALSI worth $50,000 each, that will be given out annually for the next three years to advanced, collaborative research aimed at improving the health of animals and humans.

KCALSI said although the concept of One Health is not new, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has highlighted its importance in recent years due to numerous changing factors around the nature of interactions between animals, humans and environment.

One Health research includes efforts focused on bone cancer in dogs and children; infectious and zoonotic diseases; obesity; and looking at pets as 'health sentinels' because they share the same environment. The KCALSI grants are expected to benefit One Health research that will lead to new information regarding to disease detection, diagnosis and treatments for the Kansas City (KC) region.

Between 2007 and 2015, the KCALSI grant program has awarded 69 grants totalling over $3.3 million. The grants are reviewed by the National Institutes of Health, increases researchers' chances to successfully compete for follow-on federal funding. KCALSI said over the nine years, more than $30.1m has been returned to the KC region – where the KC Animal Health Corridor is located – in federal funding, equalling a 9:1 return on investment.

The Hall Family Foundation was founded in 1943 and supports regional programs in KC. Dr Wayne Carter, president and chief executive of KCALSI, said: "The Hall Family Foundation has generously funded many innovative programs that support research and education in the greater Kansas City region. We are grateful that the Foundation is supporting One Health research. 

"Our region has significant strength in human and animal medicine and there are many opportunities to advance research by looking at the nexus or intersection between people and animals."

Reprinted with permission of Animal Pharm News

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