Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Canine Health Foundation News Alert

This is a very informative video (about an hour) on DNA, comparative genomics, and canine cancer. We hope it will be information you can use.

Final Presentation Video Released from the 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference [Monday, May 31, 2010]

The Canine Health Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of the final video recorded at the 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference held in St. Louis. The October conference, brought together leading researchers and representatives from national breed clubs to discuss the current state of canine health research, and where the future will lead.

The video released is a lecture presented by Dr. Matthew Breen, "Canine Cancer & Comparative Genomics: New Technologies, New Opportunities."

Click here to view this and others videos from the 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference.

"Advances in genomics technologies over the past decade have been astonishing, leading to a revolution in biomedical research and an impact on human society that may rival that of the industrial revolution. The application of genomics to canine biomedical research has seen a number of significant advances as we strive to enhance the health and welfare of our companions. Comparative genomics may be defined broadly as any area of research in which the sequence and function of genomes of different species are compared. With complete genome sequences available both for human and dog, we now are able to identify regions of both genomes that are shared and are associated with disease, and thus begin to understand which genes specifically are playing key roles in a variety of disease processes. The core similarity of genes defining human and dog allows the dog to be considered as a valid biomedical model system of numerous human genetic disease, including cancers. The comparative value of biomedical research is widely accepted and there is every expectation that data generated from studies of canine diseases ultimately will have a major impact on human health."

"Dr. Matthew Breen completed his PhD in cytogenetics in 1990 and then spent two years as a Post Doc in Molecular Genetics at the UK Medical Research Council's Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh. Dr. Breen then spent four years working for the research arm of the Australian Thoroughbred industry, returning to the UK in 1996 where his laboratory developed molecular cytogenetics reagents, resources and techniques for application to canine genome mapping, comparative cytogenetics and cancer studies. In 2002 Dr. Breen relocated his laboratory to North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine as part of their Genomics initiative. His research interests continue to focus on the genomics, genome mapping and the comparative aspects of canine cancer. Dr. Breen currently has a number of active grants from the CHF that are focused on the molecular cytogenetic evaluation of canine tumors."

Erika Werne
Director of Education & Communications
Canine Health Foundation

"The Canine Health Foundation, founded in 1995, is the largest nonprofit worldwide to fund health research exclusively for canines. Our goal is to help dogs live longer, healthier lives. The Canine Health Foundation is the leader in non-invasive genetic health research, stem cell research, and biotherapeutics benefiting both canines and humans."


Anonymous said...

Glad to see this up on the blog! We received this video also through our Berner clubs. I hope many will watch.

So EXCITED to see everyone soon in Boston! YEY!
I want to take my picture with ERich!

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toneyahuja said...

what are the Most Common Symptoms of Cancer in Dogs, I need to know .. plz

Erich Trapp said...

John -- Check out the article here: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/canine-cancer-what-are-the-warning-signs/page1.aspx?utm_source=drjonblog&utm_medium=blog&utm_content=petplace_article&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter

Common Signs:
Any lump or mass that appears to be increasing in size
Any sore that does not heal
Change in bowel or bladder habits
Difficulty urinating or defecating
Unexplained bleeding or discharge from any body opening
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Difficulty breathing
Persistent lameness or stiffness
Offensive odor
Difficulty eating or swallowing

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