First goal is to register 10,000 dogs in TGen’s Valley Fever P.A.W.S. study
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Nov. 9, 2016 – The Arizona Humane Society (AHS), the state’s largest animal welfare and protection agency, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a world leader in disease research, have forged a partnership to help advance pet health, the organizations announced today.
The partnership’s initial goal is to sign up as many pet families as possible for a TGen study called Valley Fever P.A.W.S. (Prevention, Awareness, Working for Solutions), which seeks new treatments for dogs with Valley Fever, a dust-born disease that is endemic in the deserts of central and southern Arizona.
The first step in this research is having pet parents on TGen’s Valley Fever P.A.W.S. webpage: tgen.org/vfpaws. So far, more than 1,000 dogs have been registered with TGen. Owners of registered dogs could be contacted to provide a saliva sample that would be used in TGen research.
TGen plans to examine the DNA from the saliva of many dogs of different breeds, both with and without Valley Fever, Dr. Barker said. TGen scientists hope to discover the molecular underpinnings of Valley Fever and how to produce better treatments for this disease, which infects an estimated 150,000 people, mostly in Arizona, each year.
Learn more about the partnership between AHS and TGen at TGen.org.