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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 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

The below list of projects need participation and have contacted CHF for assistance.  Search for a study by the below criteria to narrow the selection.  More information may be obtained by selecting an individual project.


Research Area:


Blood Samples Needed for GDV/Bloat Study

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Landmark Clinical Trial to Establish the Evidence-Based Use of Regenerative Medicine to Treat Tendon Injury in Dogs

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Disease(s): Sports Medicine
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (VOSM) Group in Annapolis Junction, MD

Dogs with Colorectal Cancers, Mammary Cancers, or Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Disease(s): Cancer
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Georgia

Clinical Trial for Dogs with Atrial Fibrillation and Structural Heart Disease

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Chondroitinase Clinical Trial

Disease(s): Spinal Cord Injury
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Iowa State University Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center

Alaskan Malamute Chondrodysplasia

Breed(s): Alaskan Malamute
Disease(s): Chondrodysplasia
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Research Center

Differences Between Dogs With and Without Osteosarcoma

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Disease(s): Osteosarcoma
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University

Dogs with Gallbladder Mucoceles

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Identification of the Genetic Cause of Corneal Ulcers

Breed(s): Boxer
Disease(s): Corneal Ulcers
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University

Mast Cell Tumor Samples Needed

Breed(s): Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shepherd Dog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Labrador Retriever, Pug, Boxer, Golden Retriever
Disease(s): Mast Cell Tumors
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute


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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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