The Bernese Mountain Dog DNA and Tissue Repository

Because of the outstanding participation of the dedicated Berner community, the Repository has to date acquired over 3500 blood samples and over 450 frozen tumor samples stored. A portion of these samples have been used in several key collaborative studies, including with Drs. Benoit Hédan and Catherine André in France, with Dr. Elaine Ostrander at NIH, and several studies directed by Dr. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan and colleagues at Michigan State University. All of these studies have greatly improved our understanding of cancer in our Berners, contributed to development of ways to assess inherited risk of developing cancer, identified several potential therapies for histiocytic sarcoma and pointed to the possibility of early detection of cancer through liquid biopsy. You can read about some of this exciting progress on our Success Stories page.

It is thanks to you the Berner Community and your commitment to health that has contributed to these advances. However, we, the BGF Board in agreement with Dr. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, have decided that it is best for us to direct our attention on two fronts: one, recruit samples focused on specific studies going forward, and two, recruit updated health information on dogs with samples stored in the Repository and in the Berner Garde Database in general. It is for this reason, general submissions to the Repository for blood, tumors, and litters will be suspended, effective immediately. The Repository will continue to be maintained at Michigan State University by Dr. Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan.

Going forward, look for surveys the Repository Team has crafted as we continue to press for updated health information. The most important thing you can do now is update health records. The health information that you provide is invaluable for researchers, breeders, and the entire BMD Community.

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Research Access To The Repository

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Repository Contact Information
Berner-Garde Foundation

Lori Jodar
President, BGF

Brycie Marine
BGF Repository Co-Liaison

Julie Latterell
BGF Repository Co-Liaison

Michigan State University

Marlee Richter, LVT LAT
Primary Submissions Contact

Dr. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan
Professor and Associate Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
MSU Repository Director
517-355-6463 ext.1562