The purpose of the Health Fund is to collect donations that are restricted to use by the donors for the Foundation’s use in awarding grants for genetic research and other related health projects relating to Irish Setters.

In collaboration with the ISCA Health Committee, and utilizing the resources of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, the Irish Setter Club of America Foundation will grant funding to a researcher or for a specific project that is deemed promising by the ISCA Health Committee and the Foundation and will hopefully make a positive impact on the future health and well-being of Irish Setters.

The ISCA Health Committee determines which health related projects are significant to address and present to the Foundation for funding. The current health committee survey is on line now and is open to all Irish Setter owners.

Through the support and generosity of our many donors the Foundation has granted over $88,000 in research funding through December 31, 2011. To date funded research projects have included grants for studies in the fields of orthopedics, osteosarcoma, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, von Willebrands disease and study of the long-term effects of 9/11 on search and rescue dogs. Several of these grants have been for research which carries on over a period of years. In addition the Foundation has made contributions to the AKC Canine Health Foundation Donor Advised and Endowment Funds.

ISCA is proud to be a champion sponsor of the AKC CHF Bloat Initiative project. This unique approach will focus on both education and research. To help educate dog owners about bloat, AKC CHF will launch a free webinar in mid-2013 describing possible causes of bloat, susceptible breeds, symptoms, medical intervention, and explanation of research needed.

It is also with great pride that we share the news that S. Gary Brown DVM will assist in screening the initial Letters of Intent that AKC CHF receives from applicants for the bloat grants. A winner of ISCA's prestigious E. Irving Eldredge Award, Gary is a successful board certified surgeon with his own practice Veterinary Orthopedic & Surgery Service in Fremont Ca, as well as a professor for Western University -College of Veterinary Medicine.

For complete information about this exciting project go to:

The Foundation sponsors ISCA Health Committee’s symposium held in conjunction with the National Specialty in even numbered years. The Health Committee arranges for eminent speakers on health and genetic issues related to Irish Setters. In odd numbered years the Foundation underwrites the ISCA breeders symposium which presents programs of benefit to Irish Setter breeders.

The Foundation also sponsors through the Health Committee annual clinics to provide specific genetic and health tests for Irish Setters.

You can view ISCA Health Committee current research status at

Questions regarding health projects funded by the Foundation may be addressed to:
Health Committee Chair, Anne Marie Kubacz
Telephone: 732-367-9658
ISCA Foundation--Champion Sponsor of AKC CHF Bloat Initiative



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