The researchers, which include teams from the University of Washington Medical School and the Texas Veterinary and Biomedical College of Medicine, are funded by the National Institute of Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.  The expertise of researchers comes from a wide variety of fields and institutions. All in all, it will be the largest dog aging study to date. However, their scope goes far beyond that: The researchers hope that the information they learn can someday also be transferred to humans. "Although they age faster than humans, they have the same age-related illnesses, a rich genome and share our environment."
"By studying aging in dogs, we can accelerate our growth," they said about aging, not just in dogs but in humans. "They added that the group was optimistic that their discoveries could lead to better" prediction, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and disease prevention. "Applications for the project are officially open.
Dogs from all 50 states and All ages, sizes and breeds can apply, and researchers will even consider dogs with chronic diseases to include as much genetic diversity as possible.
And people – even your participation is welcome.
"Dogs and their owners are at the heart of the dog aging project," said the researchers. "People who nominate a dog have the opportunity to work as a citizen scientist with our research team."
Owners are asked to complete surveys on their dog's health and life experience as well as to examine the dog's saliva.