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DCAF President Dr. Charles Garvin

October 7, 2015

On behalf of the DCAF Board, I am pleased to report that the AKC-Canine Health Foundation has approved the research project of George Strain, PhD of LSU and Adam Boyko, PhD of Cornell titled "Hereditary Deafness in Dogs - Genomic Studies in Australian Cattle Dogs and Dalmatians Using Full Sibling Pairs."
This study will be funded via a Memorandum of Understanding cooperatively by the Dalmatian Club of America, the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation (DCAF), the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America and the Australian Cattle Dog Health Education and Welfare, for a study total of about $132,000. This will require DNA samples from 50 sibling pairs of each breed, one deaf and one hearing, searching for genetic differences.

We have been working for many, many months to get all the parties together on the same page, ensure the proposal was scrutinized and improved with the help of AKC-CHF's Scientific Review Committee, and that all the i's were dotted and t's crossed.

There are many DNA samples already in the CHIC DNA database, thanks to the efforts of the "Vampire Tour" and helpful breeders and owners. However, there will also be a need for more samples and monetary donations. A big thank you to all those who have helped make this possible, and please be on the lookout for more information on how to assist further.

Charlie Garvin President Dalmatian Club of America Foundation

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