Identification of the Genetic Region of Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy in Newfoundlands

We are currently recruiting Newfoundlands for our GOLPP study at Michigan State University, and we are asking for your help and participation in this study.

GOLPP is also known as “idiopathic acquired laryngeal paralysis.” Because we see this disorder so commonly in certain breeds and not in others, we believe it may have a genetic basis. We are searching for causative gene(s) by analyzing the DNA and pedigrees of affected cases and unaffected (control) Newfoundlands.

The inclusion of Newfoundlands to the study has to be based on the following criteria:

  1. Newfoundlands suspected or diagnosed with GOLPP (affected), or
  2. Newfoundlands more than eight years of age with no known respiratory or upper GI disease, like regurgitation, gagging, throat-clearing (controls)

In all cases, owners must be willing to allow follow-up by email or telephone.

If you have a possible Newfoundland for this study, please contact us or ask the owner to contact us, and we can send you the appropriate paperwork. 

Thank you for your willingness to help and advance our understanding of this disease.

Study contacts: 
Maria Podsiedlik, DVM
Bryden J Stanley BVMS, MACVSc, MVetSc, DACVS
Heather DeFore, LVT, BS