Goals and Benefits

Goals

  • Establish a structured, centrally organized system of procurement and storage of biospecimens from dogs and cats to optimize quality and accessibility of biospecimens and facilitate collaboration between basic and clinical researchers
  • Develop a database supporting the annotation, storage and dissemination of specimens
  • Improve scientific studies involving animal tissue specimens and patient clinical outcomes
  • Facilitate collaboration between basic and clinical researchers
  • Improve linkage between scientific studies of specimens and patient clinical outcomes

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Benefits

  • Collection, annotation, storage and dissemination of high-quality biological material for research
  • Many companion animal diseases are similar in biology and behavior to human diseases, making them an excellent research model for human disease.
  • Dogs and cats are exposed to the same environmental risk factors as humans, so studying their cancers may provide clues about what causes cancer in people.
  • Specimens can be used by clinicians, molecular biologists, geneticists, and epidemiologists to conduct research that will improve the lives of both animals and humans.