Canine Lifetime Health Project registry re-opens for enrollment of all dog breeds
Morris Animal Foundation has recently re-opened the Canine Lifetime Health Project registry to new enrollees. The registry was first launched in 2012 as a database of owners and their dogs. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study was the project’s first initiative, and was fully enrolled in February 2015. The goal of re-opening enrollment to all dogs, regardless of breed, is to generate a growing database that can be used by researchers to connect with potential study participants.
The registry will help veterinary researchers find qualified study participants in large numbers – important when looking for statistically valid study groups – particularly if they are looking at a rare disease or condition. Researchers in human medicine often turn to databases and registries of interested volunteers to find candidates. The Canine Lifetime Health Project provides a similar registry for veterinary medicine.
Types of projects researchers may be looking for participants include clinical trials, epidemiological studies, surveys, and other types of studies across a wide spectrum of health and disease topics.
Registration in the Canine Lifetime Health Project database doesn’t guarantee selection, but it is one way for interested dog owners to become part of the research community. If a dog is eligible for a study, the owner will be notified via email. Owner information is not shared outside of Morris Animal Foundation or its representatives.
The Internet has changed the landscape of patient databases and made it much easier for people and scientists needing study volunteers to find one another, including through the Canine Lifetime Health Project. A robust online community also has facilitated the formation of patient support groups and the dissemination of disease information, giving pet owners more information at their fingertips to become more informed and involved in their pet’s health.
Register today and become a part of a vibrant community striving to help advance veterinary medicine. Together, we can make a difference in the health and well-being of all dogs!