The researchers, including teams from the University of Washington and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical University of Texas, are funded by the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.  The expertise of researchers comes from a wide range of fields and institutions. All this will be the largest ever study on aging in dogs. But their reach extends far beyond: Researchers hope that the information they learn can ultimately be applied to humans.
"Dogs really are science's best friends," the research team told CNN in a joint statement. "Although they age faster than humans, they get the same diseases of aging, have a rich genetic makeup and share our environment.
" By studying aging in dogs, "they said," we can expand our knowledge of aging faster. not only in dogs but also in humans. "They added that the group hoped their findings could lead to a better" prognosis, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention of the disease. "
Now accepts applicants
Project applications are officially open.
Dogs from all 50 states and from all ages, sizes and breeds can apply, and researchers will even look at dogs with chronic illnesses, hoping to include as much genetic diversity as possible.
This will help them to identify biological and environmental factors critical to improving overall health and life expectancy.
And people – your participation is also welcome.
"Dogs and their owners are at the heart of the Dog Aging Project," researchers say. "People who nominate a dog will have the opportunity to partner with our research team as a civilian scientist."
Owners will be asked to complete a survey of their dog's health and life experience and to take a sample of the dog's saliva.