The Bernese Mountain Dog DNA and Tissue Repository

As part of our mission to improve the health and longevity of our Berners, the Berner-Garde Foundation (BGF) and Michigan State University (MSU), with support from the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America (BMDCA), have established a Repository that collects, stores and maintains DNA and tumor tissue samples from Bernese Mountain Dogs. The goal of the Repository is to facilitate research on serious genetic diseases affecting the breed. The samples collected, along with the health and pedigree information in the Berner-Garde Data Base, will assist researchers who have been hampered in the past by the lack of samples as well as insufficient medical and pedigree information.

Repository Contact Information

Berner-Garde Foundation
Lori Jodar
President, BGF
Brycie Marine
BGF Repository Co-Liaison
Julie Latterell
BGF Repository Co-Liaison
Mary Maliarik, Ph.D.
BGF Science Advisor
Michigan State University
Marlee Richter, LVT. LAT
Primary Submissions Contact
517-432-2808 office
517-432-9904 fax
Dr. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan
Professor and Associate Dean,
College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU Repository Director at MSU
517-355-6463 ext.1562
Dr. Matti Kiupel, DACVP
Professor, Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation
Director, Immunohistopathology Laboratory and Biopsy Service
MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health
Click here for the Repository web site at MSU