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.  
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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

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Search for a study by the below criteria to narrow the selection.  More information may be obtained by selecting an individual project. Each study has unique requirements, so please reach out to the listed contact on the linked participation page if you have questions regarding a specific project.

 

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Genetics of X-linked Progressive Retinal Atrophy in Greyhounds

06/13/2024
Breed(s): Greyhound
Sample Type: DNA Sample, Clinical Study
Study Location: UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
CHF-funded Grant: 02952

Investigating Volatile Organic Compounds as Potential Markers of Canine Hemangiosarcoma by Trained Bio-detection Dogs

05/28/2024
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of Pennsylvania, Penn Vet Working Dog Center
CHF-funded Grant: 03187

Gingival Enlargement in Boxers

05/03/2024
Breed(s): Boxer, Bulldog
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Cornell University
CHF-funded Grant: 03172

Agility Dog Activity Load Measurement Using a Web-based Application and Handler-provided Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

03/21/2024
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Location: Washington State University
CHF-funded Grant: 3180-A

Fecal microbiota transplantation for the treatment of allergies in dogs

02/02/2024
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Zurich
CHF-funded Grant: 3162

Mapping Microstructural Myelin and Axonal Damage in Dogs with Idiopathic Epilepsy using Diffusion MRI and Tract-Based Spatial Statistics

02/01/2024
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Cornell University
CHF-funded Grant: 03036-A

Improving Treatment of Canine Blastomycosis through Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

11/16/2023
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Illinois
CHF-funded Grant: 03147

Thoracoscopic-Guided Autologous Blood Injection for Treatment of Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax

06/21/2023
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: North Carolina State University
CHF-funded Grant: 03048

Riluzole as a Neuroprotectant in Canine Degenerative Myelopathy

03/14/2023
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Missouri, Tufts University, Ohio State University, North Carolina State University
CHF-funded Grant: 03139

Prognostic Biomarkers for the Development of Drug Resistance in Dogs with Idiopathic Epilepsy

09/06/2022
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample, Clinical Study
Study Location: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, University of Guelph, Université de Montréal
CHF-funded Grant: 03039

Early Detection of Canine Osteosarcoma

08/22/2022
Breed(s): Irish Setter, Golden Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Great Dane, Leonberger, -All Dogs, Rottweiler
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Minnesota
CHF-funded Grant: 03032-MOU

Use of Gene Therapy to Treat Dilated Cardiomyopathy

05/25/2022
Breed(s): Doberman Pinscher
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Florida
CHF-funded Grant: 01760-T

Tolerability and Clinical Efficacy of Acetazolamide for Treatment of Hypochloremia in Canine Congestive Heart Failure

05/25/2022
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Florida
CHF-funded Grant: 03031

Novel Biomarker and Therapeutic Target for Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs

05/10/2022
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample, Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Florida
CHF-funded Grant: 03020

Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Canine Pyelonephritis

03/22/2022
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: CHUV-University of Montreal
CHF-funded Grant: 03021

Potential reduction of systemic and pancreatic inflammation using fenofibrate in diabetic dogs

03/22/2022
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Florida
CHF-funded Grant: 02850-A

Medical Resolution of Gallbladder Mucocele Formation in Dogs

12/10/2021
Breed(s): Pug, Border Terrier, Pomeranian, Shetland Sheepdog, Bichon Frise, Cocker Spaniel, Miniature Schnauzer, Beagle, Chihuahua, -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University
CHF-funded Grant: 02544

It’s all in the genes: The mutational landscape of acute myeloid leukemia in dogs

12/02/2021
Sample Type: Blood Sample, DNA Sample
Study Location: Cornell University
CHF-funded Grant: 02987

Investigating the cause of blood clotting in dogs with IMHA

12/02/2021
Sample Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Cornell University
CHF-funded Grant: 02988

Characterizing the Fecal Microbiome in Spinal Cord Injury

10/22/2021
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Sample Type: Blood Sample, Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Illinois
CHF-funded Grant: 02790-A

 

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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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