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Washington: Biostatisticians Take Part in National Study on Dog Aging

Several researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health are taking part in a new, 10-year study to explore the health and lifespan of dogs.

The Dog Aging Project is a joint operation between the UW School of Medicine and the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The study involves more than 40 investigators from a variety of fields and institutions, including several researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics.

Dr. Robyn McClelland, research professor of biostatistics, and Dr. Kathleen Kerr, professor of biostatistics, will lead the Cohort Design Working Group. The team is tasked with determining the mix of dogs to enroll in the study and developing a plan for how to recruit them. The project plans to recruit around 10,000 dogs.

“Each dog comes with an owner,” Dr. McClelland said. “There are so many interesting questions that will be answered by this study, both in terms of dog aging but also by extrapolation to human aging in some cases.”

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