Tagged: Michelson prize & grants

Michelson Prize and Grants Attends 46th Annual Society for the Study of Reproduction Conference

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What attracts someone to the field of reproductive biology? Personal interest, opportunities to create societal change, and the amazing chance to study the mysteries surrounding the creation of life. Also, money. Specifically, grant money.
Funding in reproductive biology ebbs and flows with governmental interest in the field. Reproductive biologists, especially small animal reproductive biologists, often hail from regions of the world with a particular societal interest in reproduction, often arising from problems associated with either increasing or decreasing animal populations. As such, a disproportionate number of non-human reproductive biologists often come from island states that are concerned with growing invasive…

2 Michelson Prize and Grants Tours a Living Laboratory

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I’m the Program Assistant for the Michelson Prize & Grants program, and I love my job! Two weeks ago, I got to hang out with red pandas, snow leopards, cheetahs, and other critically endangered animals. How? Let me introduce you to Dr. David Wildt who made it all happen.
Dr. David Wildt is a well-known expert in the field of reproductive biology. He leads research on many species of animals from elephants to giant pandas, and manages the wildlife animal collection at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). Basically, Dr. Wildt is a reproductive biology rock star.
Luckily for us,…

Found Animals Year in Review 2012

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2012 has been an amazing year for the Found Animals Foundation team and as we take time to reflect and celebrate this holiday season we wanted to share some of our accomplishments and plans for the New Year.  Since our mission is to minimize the number of pets killed in shelters, we focus on programs that reduce shelter intake and increase live release rates.  All told, over 130,000 pets and their people were helped by Found Animals programs this year and we look forward to seeing that number grow dramatically next year.  None of this would be possible without the…

Quality Assurance & Non Surgical Sterilants

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THIS BLOG IS ABOUT QUALITY ASSURANCE, AND IF YOU THINK THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHOCOLATE, MANOLO BLAHNIKS, RIDING IN AN ELEVATOR OR NONSURGICAL STERILANTS FOR PETS, YOU WOULD BE WRONG
By: Shirley D. Johnston, DVM, PhD, DACT
When you’re giving out a $25 million prize, it’s crucial to have all your ducks in a row.

In order to win the grand prize, a scientist must prove to the foundation that he or she has developed a single dose, non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs that is safe, “approvable” as a veterinary prescription drug by the…

Ask Pink: My Grumpy Cat Answers Your Questions About the Michelson Prize & Grants

POSTED BY Katy Palfrey IN

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Meh. My human Katy signed me up to be the quote unquote “Ask the Grumpy Cat” for the Michelson Prize & Grants, but did she get my permission first? I think not. At least she didn’t try to put a sweater on me. Since I haven’t got much else to do today and she gave me the green this morning, I guess I can acquiesce just this once.  So ask me your burning questions. Pretend I care.
Dear Grumpy Cat,
 I’m looking to get my dog spayed, but if there is going to be a non-surgical way to sterilize her…

Found Animals 2011 Year in Review

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If you’re anything like me it’s hard to believe that we’re already approaching the end of January 2012.   Last year absolutely flew by here at Found Animals!
Before we dive headlong into everything this Year of the Dragon has to offer, its time to take a moment to revel in our 2011 accomplishments on behalf of the animals.
So here’s to 2011 at Found Animals, by the numbers:

  •    18 research projects underway worldwide to develop a non-surgical alternative to spay neuter as part of our Michelson Prize and Grant program
  •    5,400 shelter animals were adopted through our promotions, events, and

What Would You Do With $15,000?

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By: Katy P. and David R.
The Michelson Graduate Student Challenge is the newest initiative of Found Animals Foundation’s Michelson Prize & Grants program, which strives to find a permanent non surgical sterilization method for dogs and cats. Graduate students in scientific disciplines throughout the US will compete for three $15,000 science prizes by submitting research proposals for development of a non-surgical sterilant for cats and dogs. The three graduate student winners of the challenge then will have the opportunity to apply for a research grant to pursue their project with a faculty advisor, but the $15,000 cash is theirs…

Sometimes, the Best Things in Life are Free

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To spread the word about the Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology (our program dedicated to developing a non-surgical sterilant for cats and dogs) we visit scientific conferences to talk to researchers from all over the world. We want the best and the brightest minds utilizing innovative science to help decrease pet euthanasia, so we reach out to top scientists in the fields of reproductive biology, nanotechnology, bioengineering, material science, and other disciplines.

In addition to being a great way to get the word out to scientists about the Michelson Prize & Grants, the added bonus of going to…

Top 5 Things to Know About the Michelson Prize & Grants

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1. What is the Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology?

The Michelson Prize & Grants is a program of Found Animals Foundation offering up to $75 million to researchers for development of a non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.  The $25 million Michelson Prize will be awarded to the first entity to provide Found Animals with the product or technology. Up to $50 million is available through the Michelson Grants for scientists to pursue this goal through research proposals.
2. Why is non-surgical sterilization so important?
A non-surgical method of spaying & neutering would make it…