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DENVER/Nov.15, 2023 – Morris Animal Foundation on Wednesday announced a call for research proposals, opening opportunities to leverage data and biological samples from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. This call does not include funding. 

The Foundation is particularly interested in collaborative projects that maximize the potential of the longitudinal study design. Available samples include whole blood, serum, DNA, urine, feces, hair and toenails. 

All proposals must be submitted by 4:59 p.m. ET, Jan. 10, 2024. Interested researchers can begin applying on the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study request for proposal page. Any inquiries can be directed to the data team at [email protected]

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is an innovative initiative composed of owner and veterinarian-reported data and annual biological samples from a cohort of privately owned dogs living throughout the lower 48 United States. 

The Study's primary objective is to identify the incidence and risk factors for osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma and high-grade mast cell tumors. The Foundation is also closely monitoring the incidence of histiocytic sarcoma as it has emerged as a cancer of interest. 

Secondary goals include studies of all other cancers and common significant diseases, including hypothyroidism, epilepsy, allergy disorders, hip dysplasia, congestive heart failure and renal failure. 

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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