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The Berner-Garde Foundation (BGF) is poised to have greater impacts into the future of the health of our breed. Our DNA Repository has gained the attention of and been used by canine health researchers both in this country and throughout the world. The combination of DNA samples, pedigrees and health histories of those dogs is a huge benefit to researchers studying genetic diseases.  As of this writing ten peer reviewed research papers using Repository samples have been published confirming that the database and repository continue to add to the bank of knowledge of genetics in the Bernese Mountain Dogs.


There are currently two research projects about to be launched that are the direct result of the Repository. The first is the 2nd phase of a clinical trial for a particular drug that is very effective in the treatment of Histiocytic Sarcoma. This research is led by Dr. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan. It is funded by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America through the Morris Animal Foundation. It will be held in four university veterinary clinics around the country. We hope to have more information and all of the details by July.


Dr. Vilma is also working on a project for a liquid biopsy for Histiocytic Sarcoma – an early detection tool for dogs that may be harboring HS without any actual symptoms. We know that once symptoms occur it typically means the disease has spread so much it cannot be treated.


Last but not least, we have entered into an agreement with the French Researchers led by Dr. Benoit Hedan to transfer several hundred DNA samples for their continuing work on HS and now Lymphoma and Mast Cell cancers.


We are grateful and blessed that the fancy has supported us over the past 28 years with their information, DNA samples from their beloved dogs, their time, financial contributions, and their support of our shared mission, which is to improve the health and longevity of Bernese Mountain Dogs. There is no way to thank the countless volunteers who have helped to make BGF a reality in its day to day operations. We are excited by what we have accomplished together and thrilled to look ahead to the future—and what the next 28 years will bring! 

For the love of a Berner, 

The Board of Berner-Garde Foundation