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Did you know?  
  • Nearly 400 of the same diseases affect both people and dogs  
  • Cats share 190 diseases with us   
  • FIFTEEN diseases are so similar between humans and Japanese Quail that they are the perfect study model  
  • And so it is with FIFTEEN HUNDRED illnesses*
The Value of Translational Studies Research
The similarities and resemblances of many diseases that occur in both animals and humans are so numerous that the diseases are virtually identical. With the advent of modern technology like MRIs and the complete mapping of both the human and canine genome, it is apparent that the disease processes are the same.  

In other words, cancer is cancer…not human cancer or dog cancer or ferret cancer…cancer is simply, cancer.
Translational research uses this starting point and proceeds to compassionately study naturally occurring diseases in veterinary and human medicine with a goal of sharing data and building from discoveries cooperatively forming a bridge to finding the causes, preventions and cures for catastrophic diseases like: Cancer; Dementia/Alzheimers, Diabetes, Crohn's Disease, Arthritis, Hyperthyroidism, Heart Disease, Psychological Disorders (PTSD, anxiety, depression), and Epilepsy
Looking at domestic pets in particular offers tremendous insight in comparative studies because these animals completely share the human environment and lifestyle. They live in our houses, walk on our fertilized lawns, drive in our cars, eat our leftovers, suffer our stresses…they are models of the human experience that, because of their shorter life spans, run in fast forward.

Translational studies research uses that natural link to explore the real world impact on how disease is generated, grows, and how it can be eradicated…for both humans and pets.
* Source
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) is a catalogue/compendium of inherited disorders, other (single-locus) traits, and genes in 223 animal species (other than human and mouse and rats, which have their own resources) authored by Professor Frank Nicholas of the University of Sydney, Australia, with help from many people over the years. OMIA information is stored in a database that contains textual information and references, as well as links to relevant PubMed and Gene records at the NCBI (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene), and to OMIM.org and Ensembl.org.
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