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Clinical Trials at the Center for Image-Guided Animal Therapy

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To learn more about CIGAT, send an e-mail to CIGAT@jhmi.edu or call 410-502-7325

Veterinary clinical trials are research studies that focus on discovering novel diagnostics and treatments for veterinary patients. Veterinary clinical trials are conducted using evidence-based medicine. The results of these trials are used to improve the quality of life for animals with disease. There are many diseases affecting animals that have no effective treatments or cures; the Center for Image-Guided Animal Therapy (CIGAT) performs clinical trials in order to progress veterinary medicine into new areas with the ultimate goal that animals live longer, healthier lives. Every clinical trial performed at CIGAT has a principal investigator overseeing the study and all studies are approved by the Johns Hopkins University Animal Care and Use Committee.

Participation in clinical trials at CIGAT is voluntary in consultation made between the pet owner, the pet's veterinarian and veterinarians working at CIGAT. All risks are discussed in advance of any procedure being performed and a patient may withdraw from participation at any time. All clinical trials require informed consent from the pet owner.

  1. Prostate Cancer: The Center for Image-Guided Animal Therapy is currently recruiting dogs with prostate cancer for a clinical trial. Dogs must be male (castrated or intact) of any breed. Dogs must have a diagnosis of suspect prostate cancer and be able to safely undergo one hour of general anesthesia. This clinical trial involves a diagnostic test only. For more information on this clinical trial, or to see if your dog is eligible for enrollment, please contact cigat@jhmi.edu or call 410-502-7325. Additional information about this clinical trial can be found on the American Veterinary Medical Associations Animal Health Studies Database (using the search diagnosis AAHSD004593).
    Learn more: Clinical trial summary handout | Clinical trial details handout
  2. Dilated Cardiomyopathy: The Center for Image-Guided Animal Therapy is currently studying dilated cardiomyopathy and collecting pilot data on healthy Doberman Pinscher dogs. To find out more about this study, please contact CIGAT.
  3. Osteosarcoma: CIGAT is currently collecting pilot data on dogs with osteosarcoma. If your pet has osteosarcoma, please contact cigat@jhmi.edu or call 410-502-7325 for additional information.
  4. Hemangiosarcoma: The Center for Image-Guided Animal Therapy is currently recruiting dogs with hemangiosarcoma for a clinical trial. Dogs must be at least one year old and weigh more than 10 kg. Dogs must have a histopathologic diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma. For more information on this clinical trial, please contact cigat@jhmi.edu or call 410-502-7325.

    The hemangiosarcoma trial is currently closed to new enrollment.