Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)

The ECSCA Health and Rescue Organization is pleased to support and officially launch our next BIG research projects: Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA/AIHA) and Addison’s Disease. Dr. Steven Friedenberg, North Carolina State University, will lead the studies on both of these devastating diseases. This project will be far more complicated than our past three successful endeavors: prcd, FN, and AN.

The blood sample submissions are just the beginning. We will need 50 control dogs (dogs free from both diseases and over age 10), 50 dogs affected with IMHA, and 50 dogs affected with Addison’s Disease.
Once we have 150 informative dogs sequence work will begin. The ECSCA will then seek outside funding. As the end of the year approaches please remember to support this research with a donation. We are now a 501-c3 charitable tax organization. We truly appreciate your support, past and present and we hope to one day soon add two more DNA tests to the tool box!

Information on participation on both diseases can be found on newly created web sites. We are fortunate to have Dr. Friedenberg’s dedication and expertise in this endeavor.

Please contact him if you have a dog that you’d like to participate in either study.

If you have any questions about the study please contact someone on the Health Committee.

With Great Enthusiasm,
Addi Pittman, Chairman
Genelle Jospeh
Elizabeth Neff
Joyce Winkels
Bruce Barrett, DVM


Dr. Steven Friedenberg at North Carolina State University and the English Cocker Spaniel Health and Rescue Organization have officially started collecting blood samples from English Cocker Spaniels who have had IMHA, and from older dogs (>10y) who have never had IMHA. We're very excited to get going with this endeavor as we hope that someday it will help us find the genes that cause this terrible disease. All that is required to participate is a small blood sample, and the study pays for all of the associated costs. For more info, check out our study web site at or reach out to Dr. Friedenberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

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