Participate in Research

Canine health researchers throughout the country are looking for dogs to help them better understand disease. In some cases, you and your dog need to live close to the research institution. In other cases, you can participate no matter where you live. Learn more about the significant impact you can make on canine health research through your participation.

Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) DNA Repository 

The CHIC DNA Repository, co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.  DNA samples from any purebred dog may be submitted at any time.  Researchers may then access these samples to be included in their canine health studies.  Learn more at the CHIC website.  

Clinical Trials

If your dog has recently been diagnosed with a disease, there may be a clinical trial in your area investigating a treatment for that disease.  Enrolling in a clinical trial brings with it a commitment to follow through on therapies and testing. The benefits can include access to cutting-edge medicine and the chance to help future generations of dogs. Use the Individual Research Projects search engine below or review these resources for finding clinical trials.

Sample Submission

The AKC Canine Health Foundation funds canine health research, but does not directly accept samples on behalf of our funded researchers. Biologic sample submission and participation requirements vary by study, so please contact the study center directly to determine which, if any, opportunities match your current situation. Use the Individual Research Projects search engine below to review current opportunities.

Individual Research Projects

Search for a study by the below criteria to narrow the selection.  More information may be obtained by selecting an individual project.

 

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Portuguese Water Dog Syndromic Ocular Disease (Microphthalmia)

11/19/2018
Breed(s): Portuguese Water Dog
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Pennsylvania
CHF-funded Grant: 02403-MOU

Targeting the T helper cell inflammatory pathway in meningoencephalomyelitis of unknown etiology

08/24/2018
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of Georgia
CHF-funded Grant: 02452-A

Identifying the Genetic Basis of Protein Losing Enteropathy in Yorkshire Terriers

08/16/2018
Breed(s): Yorkshire Terrier
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
CHF-funded Grant: 02523-MOU

Identification of genetic risk allele(s) associated with the development of tricuspid valve dysplasia in the Labrador Retriever

05/18/2018
Breed(s): Labrador Retriever
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University
CHF-funded Grant: 02531

A Novel Approach for Prevention of Canine Hemangiosarcoma

05/02/2018
Breed(s): Portuguese Water Dog, Boxer, Golden Retriever
Sample Type: Blood Sample, DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Minnesota
CHF-funded Grant: 02234-MOU

Characterization of Renal Disease in American Boxer Dogs

04/25/2018
Breed(s): Boxer
Sample Type: DNA Sample, Tissue Sample
Study Location: The Ohio State University
CHF-funded Grant: 02437-MOU

Development of Methods to Predict the Outcome of Coccidioidomycosis in Dogs

04/25/2018
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: The University of Arizona, Valley Fever Center for Excellence
CHF-funded Grant: 02408

Evaluation of a Potential Therapy for Canine Degenerative Myelopathy

04/25/2018
Breed(s): Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, German Shepherd Dog, Boxer
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Missouri
CHF-funded Grant: 02165-MOU

Therapeutic gene transfer abrogates canine dilated cardiomyopathy

04/25/2018
Breed(s): Doberman Pinscher
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Florida Veterinary School
CHF-funded Grant: 01760-T

Genetic and Environmental Risk for Lymphoma in Boxer Dogs

03/29/2018
Breed(s): Boxer
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison
CHF-funded Grant: 02318

Genetic Markers for Familial Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis in Newfoundlands

02/07/2018
Breed(s): Newfoundland
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of California, Davis
CHF-funded Grant: 02388-MOU

Efficacy of Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy

07/01/2019
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Colorado State University
CHF-funded Grant: 02323

Identification of Genetic Markers for Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis in Bullmastiffs

07/01/2019
Breed(s): Bullmastiff
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of California, Davis
CHF-funded Grant: 02327-MOU

Characterization of Kidney Disease in Dalmatians

06/27/2017
Breed(s): Dalmatian
Sample Type: Blood Sample, DNA Sample, Tissue Sample
Study Location: Ohio State University
CHF-funded Grant: 02263-MOU

Genetics of Bloat in German Shepherd Dogs

05/30/2017
Breed(s): German Shepherd Dog
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
CHF-funded Grant: 02338

Genomics of Deafness in Dalmatians

02/22/2016
Breed(s): Dalmatian
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Sydney AUSTRALIA
CHF-funded Grant: 02157-MOU

Dogs with Gallbladder Mucoceles

02/25/2014
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
CHF-funded Grant: 01986

 

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 *The AKC Canine Health Foundation ensures studies are Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved and provide standard informed owner consent information before publicizing requests for participation. Not all projects listed are funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the inclusion of information about studies does not necessarily imply a recommendation for participation. This list is provided as a service to dog owners and breeders.

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Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

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