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A wonderful way to help Cavalier Health

From: user 2.
Sent on: Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:51 PM

Many of you are aware of the recent request for DNA samples from us. This was
in conjunction with the Van Andel Research Institute’s project on early onset
deafness in Cavaliers. The purpose of our request was to determine if there was
enough interest for the research lab to pursue genetic based studies for other
diseases affecting our Cavaliers, such as Syringomyelia, Mitral Valve Disease
and Epilepsy. We’re thrilled to announce that there was a terrific response.

Dr. Mark Neff, Ph.D, is the Director of the Program for Canine Health and
Performance at the Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan.

New emerging technologies can now be applied in Dr. Neff’s laboratory to help
rapidly identify genetic markers associated with disease. This is a unique
opportunity for our breed to benefit directly by collecting information and DNA
samples from as many dogs as possible. The more information received -- and the
more diseases that can be studied at one time (using new multipurpose platforms)
will allow researchers to cost effectively investigate and advance research for

This is a unique opportunity – if the lab can receives enough responses from
Cavalier owners – our breed may be the next breed studied in depth at no initial
cost to us!

Please fill out this short 2 MINUTE, CONFIDENTIAL, online survey at:


This quick, simple, short survey has been developed for us to enter information
about our Cavaliers. Both healthy controls (Cavaliers who do not have SM or
MVD) and affected Cavaliers are being sought. The survey will be active for
ONLY 3 weeks. The researchers are hoping to collect information from a broad
spectrum of Cavaliers, so please fill the survey out as soon as possible. Your
participation will allow us to stay involved in cutting edge research!

At the end of the survey you will have an option to request a free DNA kit which
can be mailed to your home if you would like to participate further.

**Even if you have already contributed a sample in the past to Dr. Neff's
research projects, they request that you please take the simple survey to answer
questions and update information about your Cavaliers.**

Please distribute this announcement and the above survey link to all your
Cavalier websites, friends and forums! It will take widespread dissemination to
owners everywhere to meet Dr. Neff's goal- which is to have 3,000 responses! All
survey responders will be the first to receive feedback and research updates!

Please contact us if you have any questions. With the participation of the
Cavalier Community you can look forward to updates from Dr. Neff on this survey
and other research results!

Thank you,

CKCS Liaison Committee
Susan Shidler [address removed]
Linda Baird [address removed]
Piera Brown [address removed]
Michele Cordier
Howard Beach, NY

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