IPFD will oversee a multi-stakeholder, collaborative effort to create an open access, sustainable online resource that will:
Catalog information provided voluntarily from commercial test providers (CTPs) for genetic testing (GT) in dogs.
Describe expertise, quality assurance, activities and resources; host expert panel reviews of genetic tests;
Coordinate a program for standardized proficiency testing and potentially peer review and audit;
Collate/assemble existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education; and provide the foundation for further developments.
Our Steering Committee includes: Brenda Bonnett, CEO, IPFD; Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, Harmonization Project Director, IPFD; Diane Brown, AKC Canine Health Foundation; Matthew Breen, North Carolina State University; Cathryn Mellersh, Animal Health Trust; Sofia Malm, Swedish Kennel Club; Wim van Haeringen, VHL Genetics, Netherlands; Sue Pearce-Kelling, Optigen; and Eddie Dzuik; Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). IPFD, our Partners and other stakeholders in this initiative recognize the input and work of many other experts and organizations in addressing the use of DNA tests in dogs. The Harmonization initiative is working to further engage numerous experts to participate in panels to develop the resource, provide evaluation of tests and work to advance genetic counseling.
IPFD is actively engaging Leadership Sponsors to help develop a prototype to be presented at the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop. During the breakout session for this Theme we will look for input on the prototype and further discussion on how to move forward on this international collaboration.
Some of our key Partners and Leadership Sponsors (more coming soon):
Read more about IPFD Partners and Sponsors
Other potential sponsors and collaborators are welcome to contact us to explore opportunities.
Contact: IPFD CEO Brenda.Bonnett@ipfdogs.com or
Project Director Aimee.Llewellyn-Zaidi@ipfdogs.com
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