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 Canine Health Information Center

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 anytime.  Researchers may then access these samples to be included in their canine health studies.  Learn more at the CHIC website.

Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium (CCOGC) 

The CCOGC collects tissues and fluids from dogs with specific cancer types following strict SOPs.  These procedures ensure all samples are of high quality and can be used consistently across multiple research projects.  The samples are assessable to any research project with scientific merit.  You can learn more about CCOGC and find a collection site near you at the CCOGC 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. Resources for finding clinical trials.

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.

 

Research Area:
Breed:
Type:
 

 


Samples Needed from Cavaliers affected by Episodic Falling/Collapsing Cavalier

01/01/2008
Breed(s): Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from Schnauzers and Poodles affected by Melanoma

01/01/2008
Breed(s): Giant Schnauzer, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Standard Poodle, Standard Schnauzer, Toy Poodle
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Blood Samples Needed from Dogs affected by Melanoma

01/01/2008
Breed(s): All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute

Samples Needed from Dachshunds, Pugs, Chihuahuas, Boston Terriers, and Miniature Pinschers who have been Recently Vaccinated

01/01/2008
Breed(s): Boston Terrier, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Miniature Pinscher, Pug
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Purdue University

Samples Needed from Golden Retrievers affected by Soft Tissue Sarcoma

01/01/2008
Breed(s): Golden Retriever
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from Several Breeds affected by Progressive Retinal Atrophy

01/01/2008
Breed(s): Golden Retriever, Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from Dogs affected by PRA and their Family Members

01/01/2008
Breed(s): All Dogs
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from Dogs affected by Cataracts

01/01/2008
Breed(s): All Dogs
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from German Shepherds affected by Hemangiosarcoma

01/01/2008
Breed(s): German Shepherd Dog
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

DNA Needed from Several Breeds affected by Mast Cell Tumors

01/01/2008
Breed(s): Boxer, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Weimaraner
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

 

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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.

Help Future Generations of Dogs

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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