Committee Contacts

Health Committee Chair - Nancy Hopkins
Research - Ginger Jones
Clinics - Leonore Abordo
Holter Committee Chair - Leslie Walenta
Holter Commiittee Member - Barb Ewing
Holter Committee Member - Jenny Coomler

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Grant No. 01151: Molecular Basis of Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
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Grant No. 01467: Characterization of Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy
in Labrador Retrievers
2012 Update
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Active Grant No: 2434: Recombinant Thyrotropin (TSH): Standard for the next generation of Canine TSH Immunoassays with improved sensitivity

Active Grant No: 373A:
Mapping genes associated with Osteosarcoma in large breeds

Active Grant No: 305: Histocompatibility alleles conferring susceptibility to Canine Diabetes, Immune-Mediated Thyroiditis and Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

Completed Grant No: 2629:Osteosarcoma

Active Grant No: 632: MicroRNAs and Canine Lymphoma
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Active Grant No: 634: Malignant Melanoma

Pending Grant No: 774: Cardiac



Research Projects

The Canine Health Foundation (CHF) asks that each parent club provide a health liaison that they can work through. In BCOA's case, that person is currently me (Ginger Jones) as directed by the president of the club and confirmed by the board of directors. At the beginning of each year, the CHF submits inquiries to the professional field for investigatory areas of specific research interest based on health issues submitted as feed back from each of the parent club liaisons. These research inquiries are typically constrained to two year projects with very specific sets of achievable goals.

Near the end of the first quarter, CHF along with the assistance of other leading experts, evaluates the merits of the requests and then circulates these to the parent club liaisons for their review and hopefully their clubs financial support. Each year, I receive anywhere from 3 to 10 individual grant requests for support consideration. Each grant specifies who the researcher will be, where they are located or what university it is associated with, how much the total grant funding request is for, how much they are asking our club to contribute, a lay description of the project and what they hope to accomplish and a technical description of the project. I thoroughly review each of these proposed grant requests and become as educated as possible regarding the subjects in order to determine their value to our borzoi breed specifically.

While I submit all of the grant proposals to the board for their information, I will recommend grant proposals to them for our financial support based on the benefit our breed might receive from the study as well as how much money the health committee has available to contribute. The board reviews the proposals, my recommendations, and the finances available and makes their decision to support or abstain. Some of the grant's funding requests ask for the entire portion of support funding at the initiation of the grant and some of them divide the total contribution over a two year period. So, each year there is a cycle of grants in different phases going on that we are contributing towards. Some of these are still in the "pending" status until they become fully funded. Some are just being kicked off. Some are half way through their grant research phase and some are just completing their grant research phase. For those that are underway, each club's health liaison will receive status reports throughout the research time period.

Since many of these grants involve proprietary scientific discoveries, I am required to sign a confidentiality non disclosure agreement for each grant we support. The status reports that I receive typically break down the research proposal into steps and then describe to date if they have completed these steps, added new steps, deleted any steps, had any set backs for accomplishing any steps or any breakthroughs that exceeded their expectations on any steps and then reiterate their objective and their confidence level for meeting that objective based on that date in time on the project. Every two years, the CHF holds a Parent Club Conference in St. Louis for a two and a half day event which calls upon these research experts to present to the club liaisons and foundation representatives the results of the completed research grants as well as some other topics of interest for the parent clubs. This event completes the circle and information provided here at this conference can now be shared with the public at large unless otherwise stipulated in the seminar.

In addition to the CHF research program, from time to time, I receive requests for research grants that are coordinated through the Morris Animal Foundation. Their support request and follow up process is not as elaborate or detailed as the one described above, but no less worthy and are also included in the attached list. Frequently they work in conjunction with the CHF and also financially support many of the CHF research grants.

What Has BCOA Supported?

The links listed to the right are research grants that BCOA has funded or is funding over the time I've been the club's health chairman and CHF liaison. All these were made possible through your generosity as well as the combined contributions of the other clubs and private foundations listed under "sponsors". There's a lot of activity on the research front now that the canine genome project is complete and analysis methods become better and faster all the time. Enjoy the read!!