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|Announcing a European Canine Epilepsy
Research Project / Six Dedicated Researchers to
collaborate on one Disease- Canine Epilepsy!
At the recent
2007 Tufts Canine and Feline Breeding and Genetics
Conference with a focus on canine epilepsy, Dr.
Cathryn Mellersh of the Animal Health Trust, UK
reported that she will be working with 5 other
researchers from European countries on canine
epilepsy research. One of the other researchers is
Dr. Hannes Lohi in Helsinki, Finland. In a recent
email to Toby’s Foundation, Dr.Mellersh told us
that they now know that the application will be
funded, although at this stage they don’t know how
much they will receive.
canine epilepsy research project offers great
potential for finding the gene(s) responsible for
canine epilepsy in various breeds including the
Australian Shepherd. This European commitment to
canine epilepsy is extremely encouraging. Toby’s
Foundation asked for Aussies to be one of the
breeds worked on by this renowned research team.
Dr. Mellersh said that the breeds that “we
ultimately choose to work on will be those with
the best sample collections - breeds without
sufficient samples from affected dogs will not be
suitable.” She expressed to me that the Australian
Shepherd should be one of the breeds worked on if
the samples are there. Dr. Dennis O’Brien at the
same conference told me on September 14th that he
expected Aussie samples to be sent to Dr. Hannes
Lohi who has the SNP chips to run our Aussie DNA.
The Australian Shepherd is an ideal
candidate for this European research as long as
the researchers can obtain Aussie samples.
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