Other research studies

While the following studies are not being funded by SCARF, they may be of interest to Samoyed owners:

Canine Genome Project - The Ostrander Laboratory at the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH is soliciting donations of blood samples from pure bred dogs for canine health research. They are working on projects to help reduce the incidence of inherited diseases, and to understand disease patterns across breeds… more

Canine Birth Defects Study - Researchers in the Bannasch Laboratory at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis are initiating a long term study on canine birth defects (CBD). The birth defect that is currently being targeted is cleft palate.

Cancer Research at the Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium - The Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium includes researchers from a number of universities, research institutes and companies. The Consortium received a Federally funded grant through the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute to study five types of cancer that occur in both dogs and humans. The ultimate goal is to develop improved diagnostics and more individualized therapies for both canines and people… more

Canine Epilepsy Research - needed are samples from a large number of affected individuals and their immediate family members (siblings, parents, and grandparents), from many breeds of dogs.

The University of Missouri is currently conducting a genetic marker study on glaucoma.

“Participation by the owners of affected dogs and their relatives is essential to the success of this project. Researchers need DNA samples from dogs who have been diagnosed with glaucoma or lens luxation, and immediate relatives (all available siblings, parents, grandparents, and offspring if the affected dog has been bred). Clinically normal dogs in these families are as important to sample as the affected dogs. Complete or nearly complete families are critical to the success of this research. Participation in the project is confidential – the names of individual owners or dogs will not be revealed.“…more

Inherited Cataracts - Optigen - This is an expansion of a current research project aimed at identifying the gene(s) and mutation(s) responsible for these cataracts. Samples are needed from Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes with bilateral posterior cortical cataracts that developed between 1 and 3 years of age.

Contact Optigen by phone or email prior to sending samples to make sure your dog qualifies for the research.

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Genetic diseases - VetGen is interested in collecting samples from families of dogs in which two or more are affected with a genetic disease.