Cornell Feline Health Center

Contact Information

If you would like to participate in this study, please fill out the DNA donation form.

Still have questions? You may contact the project coordinator:

Dr. Marta Castelhano, Director, Cornell Veterinary Biobank


Phone: (607) 253-3060

Project: The Feline Biobank: Genetic and Genomic Resources for the Cat

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Investigators: Rory Todhunter, BVSc, Ph.D.; Adam Boyko, Ph.D.; and Marta Castelhano, DVM

Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University are developing a database of cat DNA. In an effort to identify the genetic basis of a variety of common feline diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, chronic renal disease, and diabetes mellitus, they need DNA samples from healthy cats greater than 10 years of age. By comparing DNA from healthy cats with DNA from cats with one or more common cat diseases, they hope to learn more about what roles genes may play in these conditions. This knowledge can improve our ability to diagnose and treat these diseases and may help us understand how genetics is involved in similar diseases in other species, including humans.

What we need:

1-2 ml venous blood sample in Na-EDTA, kept at 4˙C. If you live close to Cornell, please let us know on the tissue donation form if your cat could participate in a screening day (free of charge), where we will check for some of the diseases listed above.

If you would like to offer a sample from your cat, please check back soon to complete the DNA donation form. This form will initiate your involvement. We will contact you to make the arrangements to transport your sample to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.