HEALTH PODCASTS - a variety of health and canine management subjects
ORGANIZATION NAME: The Berner-Garde Foundation, Inc. (BMD DNA Tissue Repository)
ORGANIZATION WEBSITE: http://www.bernergarde.org
Contact Berner-Garde - President - Lori Jodar
PHONE #'s: 231-348-5519 home, 231-339-3499 cell
The Bernese Mountain Dog DNA and Tissue Repository was established in 2006 to facilitate BMD health research. A number of genetic diseases afflict our breed, such as cancers, orthopedic problems and reproductive problems. Research on these diseases has been hampered primarily by the lack of samples and insufficient medical information. BGF has created a resource of pedigree and current medical information (stored in the BGF database) with available DNA and tissue (stored in a repository). The DNA Tissue Repository operates in collaboration with Michigan State University, with the support of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America.
The BMD DNA and Tissue Repository currently (October, 2010) has submissions on 1229 unique Bernese Mountain Dogs with supporting documentation in the BGF database. The first research project in which the DNA/Tissue Repository samples will be utilized is in collaboration with the Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC) which is being coordinated through the Van Andel Research Institute. Specifically, the DNA and tissue of Bernese Mountain Dogs affected with Malignant Histiocytosis is being shared with the CHCC. The focus of the project is to increase the understanding of the genetic basis of cancer, hopefully leading to new treatments for cancer in dogs and people.
WEBPAGE FOR THE BMD DNA/TISSUE DEPOSITORY:
Berner-Garde is a registered 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization.
See: http://www.bernergarde.org/home/Donations.aspx for info.
ORGANIZATION NAME: The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America (Health Fund)
ORGANIZATION WEBSITE: http://www.bmdca.org
BMDCA Health Fund maintains two separate accounts for funding health research: 1) The BMDCA Health Fund and 2) The BMDCA Donor Advised Fund at the Canine Health Foundation (CHF).
These 2 BMDCA managed health fund accounts have been used to fund a variety of studies.
The BMDCA Health Fund is a restricted fund maintained by BMDCA.
This money can be applied to any health related project the BMDCA Health Committee recommends and/or the BMDCA Board considers appropriate in keeping with the charter of the BMDCA Health Committee.
Contributions to the BMDCA Health Fund are not tax deductible.
See BMDCA's Donations page - http://www.bmdca.org/club/donations.php.
More information on the CHF can be found on their website: http://www.akcchf.org
The Canine Health Foundation, (BMDCA Donor Advised Fund) is 501 (c) 3.
Donation directed to the BMDCA Donor Advised Fund at CHF:
Online donation by Credit Card is available at:
Donate to the CHF
FAX or postal mail options are available:
P.O. Box 900061
Raleigh, NC 27675-9061
FAX (919) 334-4011
NOTE: If you elect to contribute to the AKC-CHF, BMDCA Donor Advised Fund; please remember to indicate on the check that the donation is for the BMDCA Donor Advised Fund.
ORGANIZATION NAME: Berner Emergency Health Assistance Fund (BEHAF)
ORGANIZATION WEBSITE: http://www.behaf.org
BEHAF - Berner Emergency Health Assistance Fund was created in 1999. Approximately 3 dozen owners and dogs have received financial aide through BEHAF since the organizations formation. All funds donated directly benefit Bernese Mountain Dogs. BEHAF provides financial assistance to owners of purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs who find themselves in need of a little help when their dogs are accidentally injured or develop catastrophic medical conditions. BEHAF is limited in funding they are able to provide for each dog, but they allow for special friend funds that enable unlimited donations to be made for the care of a specific dog. They also maintain a fund for regional rescue to use. To learn more about the dogs and owners assisted by BEHAF or to apply for assistance, please see BEHAF's website.
Donation should be sent to:
BEHAF c/o Gwyndean Candelaria
6405 Tahoe Drive
Boise ID 83709-1070
Checks or money orders in US funds payable to "BEHAF"