Buttons Chronic Kidney Disease Research fund advances the care of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats by supporting innovative studies that explore new avenues for treatment. Under the direction of Dr. Jessica Quimby at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, this research includes projects designed to understand the mechanisms of renal aging, as well as investigations of novel treatment strategies such as stem cell therapy, which are then tested via a rigorous clinical trials program.
The fund was established by Tom Jackson in memory of his loyal feline companion, Buttons. Tom and Buttons were inseparable friends for 14 years. When chronic renal failure took Buttons' life, Tom, an avid animal advocate, wanted to do something that would make a difference for other companion animals suffering from the same ailment. With this goal, he developed an estate plan that would not only memorialize his beloved best friend, but also propel groundbreaking research to develop better treatments for chronic renal disease.
Please consider making a gift today and help us advance the care and treatment of chronic kidney disease. If you have questions, or would like to learn more about how you can help, contact the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Office of Advancement at (970) 491-7446. Thank you!