NEW CAVALIER HEALTH SURVEY - PLEASE HELP! Super easy!
Many of you
are aware of the recent request for DNA samples from us. This was
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
enough interest for the research lab to pursue genetic based studies for
diseases affecting our Cavaliers, such as Syringomyelia, Mitral Valve
and Epilepsy. We’re thrilled to announce that there was a terrific
Dr. Mark Neff, Ph.D, is the Director of the Program for Canine
Performance at the Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan.
New emerging technologies can now be applied in Dr. Neff’s laboratory to
rapidly identify genetic markers associated with disease. This is a
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
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
cost to us!
Please fill out this short 2 MINUTE,
CONFIDENTIAL, online survey at:http://projectdog.org/4c1e9daea834b53efb3da68cac960d2d
CAVALIERS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE! EVERYONE CAN HELP!
simple, short survey has been developed for us to enter information
our Cavaliers. Both healthy controls (Cavaliers who do not have SM or
and affected Cavaliers are being sought. The survey will be active for
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.
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
can be mailed to your home if you would like to participate
**Even if you have already contributed a sample in the past to
research projects, they request that you please take the simple
survey to answer
questions and update information about your
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
PLEASE ENROLL YOUR CAVALIER NOW!
Susan Shidler [address removed]
Baird [address removed]
Brown [address removed]
CROSSPOST- THANK YOU!!