The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has announced the initiation of five research projects, focused on the human-animal bond and the effect of these relationships on human health.
“This new group of projects will provide further evidence for the health benefits of the human-animal bond,” says HABRI’s president, Steven Feldman. “For example, HABRI is funding the first study to examine the role of pet ownership on gut microbiota and risk of cardiovascular disease.”
The research projects set to receive funding are:
- Canine-assisted anxiety reduction in pediatric emergency care (CANINE III) (Jeffrey Kline, MD, of Indiana University);
- The influence of pet ownership on gut microbiota composition and cardiovascular disease risk among 50 to 85-year old United States adults (Katharine M Watson, BVMS, of Indiana University);
- Exploring the impacts of animal-assisted interventions on positive youth development for adolescents in residential treatment (Kevin Morris, PhD, of the University of Denver);
- Uncovering pet ownership benefits, challenges, and resources in an aging society: Promoting healthy aging in healthcare and community environments (Jessica Bibbo, PhD, of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging); and
- How does eight weeks of equine-assisted therapy affect older adults diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? (B. Rhett Rigby, PhD, of Texas Woman’s University).
“This robust pipeline of innovative research is made possible through the support leading pet care companies and organizations who are committed to strengthening the human-animal bond,” Feldman says.
Since 2014, HABRI has funded 35 research projects from institutions around the world.
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