CANINE EPILEPSY RESEARCH PROJECT

Ned Patterson, DVM
University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine

Gary Johnson, DVM, PhD
University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine

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The Canine Epilepsy Project is a collaborative study into the causes of epilepsy in dogs. It is supported by grants from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), individual breed clubs and private donations. Grants supporting this research are CHF Completed Grant #1718, CHF Active Grant #1729, CHF Active Grant #1845, and NIH Award #1K08NS0224501.

Our goal is to find the genes responsible for epilepsy in dogs so that wise breeding can decrease the incidence of the disease in dogs. We also hope that knowing what genes regulate epilepsy in dogs may help us better tailor our therapy to the specific cause.

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SAMPLES NEEDED FOR THE CANINE EPILEPSY GENETICS PROJECT

The Canine Epilepsy Research Consortium headed by the University of Minnesota and the University of Missouri Columbia is studying the genetics of epilepsy in all dog breeds.  We are interested in collecting samples from ANY PUREBRED DOG. Of the breeds collected so far, the Beagles, Vizslas, English Springer Spaniels, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Otterhounds have the most promising pedigree structures. Our goal is to find the genes responsible for epilepsy in dogs so that wise breeding can decrease the incidence of the disease in dogs. We also hope that knowing what genes regulate epilepsy in dogs may help us better tailor our therapy to the specific cause.

To ensure the success of the study we must obtain DNA samples and health information from more families (including siblings, parents, grandparents, offspring or distant relatives) in which one or more members has epilepsy.  If you have a purebred dog with epilepsy or know of relatives of a dog affected with epilepsy, we would greatly appreciate participation in the study.

All it takes is a blood sample being drawn by a veterinarian, the sample being shipped to our laboratory, and a few pages of health and litter information to be filled out.   The cost of the blood samples being shipped can be paid for if needed. All needed forms and information may be found at www.canine-epilepsy.net or can be mailed to you.  All information provided will be kept strictly confidential. As the research progresses, participants may request information on the genetic status of their dog(s).
 

Please contact us if you wish to participate or have questions. For more information on this project, please visit www.canine-epilepsy.net

Canine Genetics Lab
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine
C303 Veterinary Teaching Hospitals
1352 Boyd Ave. St. Paul MN 55108
Lab: 612-624-5322
Office: 612-625-5799
Canine Epilepsy Research Consortium, www.canine-epilepsy.net

 

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