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PCA Foundation News
PCAF Seminar and Health Testing at PCA 2013: You're invited to the annual PCA Foundation Seminar Tuesday, April 23. We'll have an exciting presentation on progress against canine cancer, a session on corded Poodles and cording technique, and more. For seminar details and info on health testing offered during PCA week, click here. To pre-register for the heart clinic (at a special PCA price!), click here.
PCA Foundation Supports New Research on Bloat, Hemangiosarcoma and Leukemia: In addition to ongoing studies, PCAF is now supporting three new AKC Canine Health Foundation research projects. CHF has recently announced a major new initiative calling for research proposals aimed at putting an end to the horror of bloat and torsion. In the battle against canine cancer, Dr. Jaime Modiano is leading a University of Minnesota team exploring ways to disrupt differentiation of cancer stem cells and prevent the spread of hemangiosarcoma. At North Carolina State University, Dr. Matthew Breen and his colleagues are investigating the genes that drive canine leukemia, to better diagnose and control the disease and potentially identify genes to target with new therapies.
Researchers Report Progress in Study of Chronic Hepatitis: PCAF has received an encouraging report from Colorado State University researchers studying chronic hepatitis in Standard Poodles, and the team is seeking additional samples. For more info and how you can help, please click here.
PCA Foundation Poodle Health Survey Results: We are pleased to be able to share with you all the data collected from the health survey PCAF conducted online and by mail for about a year and a half. The information collected is to serve as a guide in helping us better focus our efforts and limited funds where the need appears greatest. Click to read results for All Poodles, as well as Toy Poodles, Miniature Poodles, and Standard Poodles broken out separately.
We had hoped to get information on 1,000 Poodles but we are very pleased with the data produced from the 848 Poodles we have. By Variety there are 615 Standards, 142 Miniatures and 78 Toys (13 didn't designate Variety). The Toys in this study are from the US, except for 2 from Canada. Likewise the Miniatures are from the US except for 2 (1 from The Netherlands and 1 from Canada). However, while the vast majority of Standards are from the US, 43 are from Canada, 9 from England, 2 each from Sweden, New Zealand and Germany and 1 each from Austria and Iceland.
PCAF wants to send a big "Thank You!" to everyone who took the time to participate.
Genetic Comparison of Minis and Standards, June, 2012: Fascinating new research has found that Miniature and Standard Poodles are genetically distinct. To download study results, click here.
Sebaceous Adenitis Update, May, 2012: Study leader Dr. Niels Pedersen has asked the Foundation to share his report on progress in the PCAF-funded Sebaceous Adenitis research. Click here to read about results to date.
The Poodle Club of America Foundation has for sale VWD kits at $104, NE kits at $39, the Standard Poodle Database at $55 and a combined Miniature/Toy Database at $55. All prices include shipping. Please contact Doris Grant by e-mail or at 941-921-0539 until May 1, 2012, then at 613-215-0313. These kits and databases will also be available at the PCA National in April.
Read about the 2011 PCA Foundation Seminar: Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, had some surprises for his audience as he brought us up to date on factors shaping puppy temperament and the art of socializing our puppies, including the art of helping new owners build on their puppy’s good start. Dr. Pachel is a board certified veterinary behaviorist with extensive experience including house calls! For more on his talk,