American Belgian Tervuren Club

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Stomach Cancer Study 

Dr. Elaine Ostrander at the National Human Genome Research Institute Dog Genome Project has taken on the study to determine the cause of stomach cancer in breeds that have an increased risk. The study was initiated by Dr. Elizabeth McNiel who has turned over the study to Dr. Ostrander.

We are interested in collecting blood samples and pedigrees from Belgian Tervuren that either:

  • have stomach cancer
  • or have no signs of stomach cancer and is at least 8 years old.

Contact the Ostrander Lab for more information:
NHGRI/NIH
Phone: (301) 451-9390
Fax: (301) 594-0023
Email: dog_genome@mail.nih.gov

Stomach Cancer Project Blood Draw Instructions

In addition to blood samples, tissue samples of the cancer are also valuable. The samples would need to be fresh frozen and sent to the Ostrander lab or placed immediately in RNAlater—a solution that the Ostrander lab can provide—and then shipped to the lab. Please contact the Ostrander lab directly if you think that you could provide a tissue sample.

Epilepsy

The epilepsy study is current and ongoing.