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Pfizer Animal Health Announces $2 Million Commitment to Largest-Ever Research Study Focused on Canine Disease

Funding supports Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project

ORLANDO, FL. (January 15, 2011)— In an effort to accelerate research that may reveal more information than ever about canine disease, Pfizer Animal Health today announced $2 million in support of Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project. The announcement was made at the 28th Annual North American Veterinary Conference.

The Canine Lifetime Health Project is a 13---year longitudinal and observational effort that will look closely at the genetic, nutritional and environmental risk factors for the development of canine disease. Pfizer’s commitment to the study comprises financial backing as well as in--‐kind support that includes involvement by Pfizer Animal Health scientists.

“This study is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive observational prospective study ever conducted in dogs,” said David Haworth, DVM, PhD, Director, Global Alliances for Pfizer Animal Health.  “We expect to gain valuable information regarding prevention strategies, early diagnosis and, eventually, treatments for many diseases.”

The Canine Lifetime Health Project will examine 2,500 Golden Retrievers ages two to seven, who will be followed to gather information on several health conditions as well as to identify specific risk factors for diseases such as cancer. The breed was chosen based on their popularity in the United States, and the ability to translate results to a broader population.

“This comprehensive study will provide insight into the core factors of canine disease,” said Wayne Jensen, DVM, PhD, MBA, Chief Scientific Officer for Morris Animal Foundation. “After sufficient data is collected, the science breakthroughs will begin revealing these causational relationships, which will then enable treatments for many diseases.”

Under the banner Commitment to Veterinarians, Pfizer is fully committed to providing resources that support veterinarians throughout their careers through training  and continuing education, research and development, investing in the future of the profession, and helping others through philanthropy. 

The Canine Lifetime Health Project is one of many initiatives in research that Pfizer Animal Health has contributed to  as part of its Commitment to  Veterinarians. In 2006, Pfizer Animal Health gave $1.1 million to initiate the Pfizer Animal Health Biospecimen Repository, managed by the Canine Comparative Oncology and Genetics Consortium (CCOGC), which is the most complete collection of canine cancer tissue in xistence.  His   effort was also supported by the Morris Animal Foundation and the Canine Health Foundation.

Pfizer Inc: Working together for a healthier world™

At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life.  We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacturing of medicines for people and animals.  Our diversified global health care portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products and many of the world's best---known consumer products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as the world's leading biopharmaceutical company, we also collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. To learn more about our commitments to animal health, please visit us at www.pfizerAH.com.

Morris Animal Health: A healthier tomorrow for animals®

Morris Animal Foundation helps animals enjoy longer, healthier lives. We advance health and welfare research that protects, treats and cures companion animals, horses and wildlife worldwide. Founded by a visionary veterinarian in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation today is a world leader in advancing veterinary research that protects, treats and cures animals on every continent. The Foundation has funded more than 1,700 studies,   many of which have led to animal health breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, prevention and cures. We believe that, working together, we can create a healthier tomorrow for animals. For more information on the Morris Animal Foundation, please visit: http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/

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