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Media Alert: DENVER/May 9, 2024 —Morris Animal Foundation welcomes Dr. Julia Labadie as the new principal investigator of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Labadie formerly served as an epidemiologist for the Study for two years and has since returned to head it up.    

“I’m thrilled to be back,” Labadie said. “We’re in a really exciting place where we can hit the ground running and increase our scientific impact.”    

Labadie acknowledged the bittersweet nature of the current phase, with the loss of many golden retrievers.   

Previously led by Dr. Rodney Page, the Study originally boasted more than 3,000 canine participants and hundreds of dedicated dog owners and supporters. Labadie will now take the reins, participating in weekly meetings with Study staff, chairing the Study steering committee and doing her own research analyzing Study data.  

Beyond her role at the Foundation, Labadie enjoys spending time with her golden retriever, Maggie, 14, and continues practicing as a veterinarian.

"Julia’s passion and expertise align with our mission to advance animal health,” said Dr. Kathy Tietje, Chief Program Officer for Morris Animal Foundation. “Together, we strive to address health challenges and make a lasting difference in the lives of animals worldwide."

About Morris Animal Foundation   
Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding nearly $160 million in more than 3,000 critical animal health studies to date across a broad range of species. Learn more at  

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