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David Sparks Ph.d Eliminating Parasites
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: July 13, 2018

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Grant award program will support research to help protect dogs, cattle, sheep and poultry from parasitic diseases and to develop formulations that could extend the efficacy of therapeutics.


Zoetis announced that the company is accepting grant proposals for research into innovative approaches to help protect, cattle, sheep and poultry from parasitic diseases and to extend the efficacy of therapeutics through new formulations. Through a grant awards program, Zoetis will award a minimum of $25,000 and maximum of $150,000 to support each selected grant proposal. More than one grant may be awarded.


“We at Zoetis are interested in advancing novel approaches to protect animals from parasitic diseases, to improve the health and productivity of livestock animals and to help companion animals live longer, healthier lives,” said Debra Woods, PhD, research director, Head of Parasitology Global Therapeutics Research, Zoetis. “Through this grant program, we aim to energize investigation into anti-parasitic therapeutics research and advance science in this area of high need in animal health.”


Zoetis is seeking proposals focused on helping to protect dogs from heartworm disease by taking novel biological or biopharmaceutical approaches to prevention and on developing diagnostic tools to detect the early stages of infection. Projects might also look at understanding early stages of heartworm infection, including the mechanisms of their migration through the tissues to the heart.


In cattle and sheep, Zoetis is seeking proposals that explore approaches to protect cattle and sheep from endoparasites, in particular to control resistant nematodes and trematodes and to prevent cryptosporidiosis.


Proposals in poultry should look at new approaches to control coccidiosis.


Zoetis is also seeking proposals that could extend the duration of efficacy of active ingredients using persistent formulations.


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