AKC Canine Health Foundation welcomes Ronna Dornsife as new Research Grants Administrator

The AKC Canine Health Foundation welcomes Ronna E. Dornsife, MS, as the new Research Grants...

The AKC Canine Health Foundation welcomes Ronna E. Dornsife, MS, as the new Research Grants Administrator. Ms. Dornsife is a scientist with veterinary research experience and fifteen years of successful antiviral and oncology pharmaceutical drug research successes.

Ronna brings a wonderful variety of research and laboratory experience and was most recently employed as a Principal Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, NC. Ronna's contributions to the identification of less bone marrow toxic anti-HIV medications that are currently marketed, are apparent in her many scientific publications. She is also listed as an inventor on a patent for a method to protect patients' bone marrow progenitor cells from the toxic side effects of classical, cell-cycle specific, anti-cancer drugs.

As a Research Associate at Colorado State University in the mid to late 80s, Ms. Dornsife was a member of the research team that determined the region of the viral envelope of the type C feline leukemia virus responsible for induction of aplastic anemia. She was also part of the team at Colorado State responsible that succeeded in the first feline bone marrow transplant to treat a genetic liposomal storage disease.

"I'm excited to be here to continue to expand CHF's relationships with investigators and to identify the highest quality canine research projects for possible funding. I'm confident these projects will continue to help answer important questions related to diseases and genetic causes of disease in dogs."

"We are thrilled to have someone of Ronna's scientific background join us at the Canine Health Foundation," says Erika Werne, Director of Canine Research and Education. "Ronna will help us to continue to hone and refine our program and will certainly add to the efficiency and efficacy of our day-to-day grant operations."

"In this, our tenth anniversary year, we are excited about the advancements and breakthroughs we have seen in such a relatively short time," says Robert L. Kelly, Director, AKC Canine Health Foundation. "Ronna is a fantastic addition to the Raleigh team. Her abilities and proven track record will most certainly help her to relate to the outstanding researchers we fund day after day. Together, we will continue to reduce the detrimental effects of canine (and human) disease."

Ms. Dornsife holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics from Ohio State University, Columbus, and a Master of Science degree in Pathology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. She is also a former registered animal technician who worked for veterinarians in high school and college, as well as the necropsy lab and feline leukemia virus research labs in the veterinary pathology department at Ohio State University. Ms. Dornsife has been a member of the American Society for Hematology since 1996.