The International Canine Health Awards are returning for a
fourth year to celebrate the world's finest researchers and
scientists, whose work has had a positive impact on the health and
wellbeing of dogs.
Nominations are currently being sought for the awards, which are
run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and include prize funds
donated by Vernon and Shirley Hill of Metro Bank.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the
Kennel Club in April 2016.
Last year's winners were nominated by their peers and
contemporaries for their innovative work in dog health and
developments in veterinary science. They were:
- Professor Sheila Crispin, who was awarded the
Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on comparative eye disease.
Her innovative research has focused on understanding the way in
which eye disease develops, with particular focus on lipids (fats)
in the eye, which can severely compromise vision and even cause
blindness if untreated. Professor Crispin has also made substantial
clinical and research contributions in that of inherited and
breed-related eye disease in dogs.
- Professor David Argyle was one of two
individuals awarded the International Prize in Canine Health, for
the work that he has carried out identifying stem cells in cancer
which are responsible for the devastating disease, which affects
one in three dogs at some point in their lifetime. By isolating and
studying cancer stem cells in dogs, he has transformed our
understanding of how the cancer stem cells drive cancer
progression, opening up the possibility of new treatments - work
which is also potentially transferrable to the treatment of cancers
- Dr Cathryn Mellersh was also awarded the
International Prize in Canine Health, for the work that she has
carried out in understanding the inheritance of diseases in dogs,
which has enabled her and her team, who work at the Kennel Club
Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, to develop
DNA tests for breeders to use, to prevent the spread of disease
mutations to future generations.
- James Swann was presented with the
Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award for the research he is doing
into immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA), a deadly autoimmune
disease that causes death in as many as 70 percent of dogs that are
affected. He aims, through his research, to not only improve
treatment of the disease but also decrease the mortality rate.
With a prize fund totalling £60,000, the Kennel Club Charitable
Trust is calling for people to nominate deserving candidates by the
deadline of 18 December 2015. The awards will be judged by
representatives from the veterinary profession and the world of
scientific research, including experts in the nominees' selected
The three categories for the International Canine Health Awards
- International Prize in Canine Health for
outstanding contribution in the field of canine health and welfare
(a prize fund of £40,000 for future projects). The award will be
presented to someone who is currently involved in world class
innovation but with much still to contribute.
- Lifetime Achievement Award with £10,000 prize
fund - a veterinarian or scientist working in a related discipline
who has dedicated much of their career to advancing the health of
dogs. The award will be presented to someone who has made a
significant impact on the world stage of canine health.
- Student Inspiration Awards which will be split
into undergraduate and postgraduate, with a prize fund of £5,000
for each winner. This prize will aid further education costs, the
development of their careers, or to create or continue a project.
The awards will be presented to extraordinary students studying at
a British veterinary school, who demonstrate the potential
significantly to advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine and
research in the field of dogs.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, is urging people to
submit nominations, saying: "There have been huge advances made in
improving canine health with the aim of giving our dogs a healthier
future. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has a long history of
supporting work that helps to improve dog health and, thanks to the
generous funding from Vernon and Shirley Hill, the
International Canine Health Awards go a step further, honouring and
rewarding the work of specific individuals.
"If you know someone carrying out innovative work in dog health
that deserves international recognition and funding to further
their research, please nominate them. We want to make sure that
these people are recognised and acknowledged."
Vernon Hill, founder and Chairman of Metro Bank, and whose major
gift underwrites the International Canine Health Awards, said: "We
are proud to support these important awards again, to fund research
that may transform canine and human health by encouraging the same
visionary thinking and innovation that Metro Bank champions. At
Metro Bank, 'Dogs Rule'."
All nominations should be made via the online application form
on the Kennel Club website: /our-resources/international-canine-health-awards/.
If you have any queries regarding the application process, please
contact Catherine Torrance at the Kennel Club via firstname.lastname@example.org.