You can help cure many of the problems that plague dogs by participating in the research done by the AKC Health Foundation. You and your dog may be able to help move research forward by providing a DNA sample or enrolling in a clinical trial.
Helping is a simple matter of providing DNA, which usually only requires shipping a blood sample to the researcher.
Some veterinarians will discount the blood draw if it is being used to support research. 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.
Current requests for participation include:
• DNA samples from Cleft Lip/Palate affected dogs and relatives
• DNA samples from Boxers and French Bulldogs with Granulomatous Colitis and healthy Boxers and French Bulldogs
• Clinical trial for dogs with Immune Mediated Polyarthropathy
• Clinical trial for experimental therapeutic to prevent Diabetic Cataracts
• Blood and urine samples from dogs with Leptospirosis
To see a complete list of studies that you can participate in go to: http://www.akcchf.org/research/participation-needed/
Each study has unique requirements, so please contact the laboratory listed if you have questions about a specific project.
And don't forget that samples are always being accepted by the Canine Health Information Center DNA Repository http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/dnabank.html
and the Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium http://www.ccogc.net/