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AKC Canine Health Foundation Names Dr. Shila Nordone Chief Scientific Officer

(January 10, 2012)

RALEIGH, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 01/10/12 -- The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), the most highly regarded organization funding sound, scientific research exclusively for dogs, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shila Nordone, Ph.D., as its Chief Scientific Officer (CSO).

As CSO, Dr. Nordone will oversee CHF's grant process, ensuring it remains rigorous and stringent. CHF awards grants in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, veterinary researchers, geneticists, and molecular biological scientists. Collaborative projects involving investigators from a variety of disciplines and/or institutions, such as human health researchers, are also encouraged to apply. Since its inception, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and educational programs. CHF's goal is to help dogs live longer, healthier lives by conducting research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

"Dr. Nordone brings a wealth of experience to CHF," said Terry Warren, Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. "As a scientist and researcher Dr. Nordone has first-hand experience with hypothesis-driven research and the peer-review process, and she recognizes high-impact research. In addition, as a grant recipient and grant reviewer, Dr. Nordone understands that innovation and fiscal responsibility are not mutually exclusive, but rather, must work in tandem to drive success in the discovery of new treatments for our canine companions."

Dr. Nordone, a canine immunologist, comes to CHF with 10 years of experience in research and scientific training. She received her Ph.D. in immunology with a biotechnology minor from North Carolina State University (NCSU). Most recently, Dr. Nordone has been a Research Assistant Professor of Immunology with the Department of Molecular Biomedical Science at NCSU. As a director of independent research programs, a significant portion of Dr. Nordone's research has focused on translational veterinary medicine.


If interested in applying for a CHF research grant, visit the CHF website at www.akcchf.org and click on the "Research" button.

Like CHF at www.facebook.com/akccaninehealthfoundation or follow us on Twitter at @CanineHealthFnd.

About CHF
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF's mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Pfizer Animal Health, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.

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