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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Clinical and Molecular Genetic Analysis of Juvenile-Onset Laryngeal Paralysis in American Staffordshire Terriers

10/21/2019
Breed(s): American Staffordshire Terrier
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Missouri
CHF-funded Grant: 02535-MOU

The Impact of Lidocaine Administration on Natural Killer Cell Populations in Canine Sepsis

10/01/2019
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of Georgia
CHF-funded Grant: 02404

Searching for the Cause for Alopecia X by Whole Genome Sequencing

10/10/2019
Breed(s): Keeshond, Pomeranian, Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Schipperke, Chow Chow, Alaskan Malamute
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Missouri
CHF-funded Grant: 02673-MOU

Genetic Basis of Canine Spinal Abnormalities

09/29/2019
Breed(s): Icelandic Sheepdog, English Toy Spaniel, Keeshond, Bulldog, Basenji, Shiba Inu, French Bulldog, Norwegian Elkhound, Norwegian Buhund, Pug, Chow Chow, Boston Terrier
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Purdue Veterinary Medicine
CHF-funded Grant: 02589

Evaluation of Gallbladder Motility in Dogs with Hyperlipidemia

08/30/2019
Breed(s): Shetland Sheepdog, Miniature Schnauzer
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
CHF-funded Grant: 02644

Breed Specific Reference Ranges for Canine Thyroid Testing

08/23/2019
Breed(s): Rhodesian Ridgeback, Whippet, Irish Setter
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Michigan State University
CHF-funded Grant: 02659


Clinical evaluation of propranolol in combination with doxorubicin for the treatment of hemangiosarcoma

06/27/2019
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample, Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Minnesota
CHF-funded Grant: 02534

Canine influenza and other infectious disease concerns at dog group events

05/20/2019
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Location: University of Guelph, Ohio State University, University of Florida
CHF-funded Grant: 02532-A

Embracing Polygenicity of Common Complex Disease in Dogs: Genome-wide Association of Cruciate Ligament Rupture

04/01/2019
Breed(s): Labrador Retriever
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison
CHF-funded Grant: 02624

Investigating the role of interleukin-17-producing cells in the pathophysiology of canine immune mediated hemolytic anemia

05/13/2019
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Ontario Veterinary College
CHF-funded Grant: 02515-A

Characterization of retinal phenotypes and their association with RPGRIP1 and modifiers in English Springer Spaniels

05/08/2019
Breed(s): English Springer Spaniel
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Pennsylvania
CHF-funded Grant: 02572-MOU

Investigation into Subclinical Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy in 4 Dog Breeds

05/08/2019
Breed(s): Miniature Schnauzer, Doberman Pinscher, Golden Retriever
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of Florida
CHF-funded Grant: 02661

Is Gut Dysbiosis Associated with Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy?

02/13/2019
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Location: North Carolina State University
CHF-funded Grant: 02561

Defining the Flow Cytometric Characteristics of Normal and Diseased Canine Spleen and Visceral Lymph Nodes

04/08/2019
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample, Tissue Sample
Study Location: University of Minnesota
CHF-funded Grant: 02595-A

Three-dimensional Echocardiographic Determinants of the Age of Onset of Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

04/08/2019
Breed(s): Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Sample Type: Radiographic Study
Study Location: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
CHF-funded Grant: 02649

Identification of Genetic Markers for Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis in Rottweilers

08/16/2018
Breed(s): Rottweiler
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of California, Davis
CHF-funded Grant: 02520-MOU

Immune targeting of the V600E B-Raf neo-antigen in canine urothelial carcinoma

02/19/2019
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Tissue Sample
Study Location: University of Pennsylvania
CHF-funded Grant: 02500

Genetic Basis of Exercise-Induced Collapse in Border Collie Related Breeds

01/01/2019
Breed(s): Shetland Sheepdog, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Whippet, Border Collie
Sample Type: Blood Sample, DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Minnesota
CHF-funded Grant: 02575-MOU

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

 

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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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