from Toby's Foundation,
received Dr. Ned Patterson’s current progress
report on the research. Some exciting highlights
(1) The two year grant that we provide
financial support for and was due to end on March
30, 2010 will be extended an additional 6
(2) The researchers will analyze more
Aussie samples using the new Illumina 150,000 –
200,000 SNP array. This new SNP array has just
become available and has much more power than the
previous SNP arrays.
(3) Dr. Patterson is
committed to continuing the search for markers and
genes in Australian Shepherds as long as funds are
It is very important that we be
ready to help provide the researchers with the
funds necessary to enable them to continue this
vital research to find the genes responsible for
canine epilepsy and develop a screening test. We
have assured Dr. Patterson that we are committed
to continuing to raise funds and help collect
blood samples for this important research and that
we plan to increase our previous giving to support
the research and do everything we can to assist
him. We would like to at least double what we
previously gave to support the research.
Dr. Patterson continues to work with Dr.
Gary Johnson at the University of MO and Dr.
Hannes Lohi in Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Patterson
did have opportunity to meet with Prof. Lohi with
an emphasis on the data in Aussies, ESS (and
Vizslas). Their cooperative written agreement
gives our Aussies and other breeds the best
opportunity for a breakthrough and gives us the
expertise and resources of each of these
Thank you for your help! We
can’t do it without you!
||Please Help Us
Reach Our Goal
We are currently working to raise $20,000.00
for canine epilepsy research. Please see our ad
“Help us Reach Our Goal” at
make a donation to help us. Your gift is tax
deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Also
please check with your company about a Matching
Gifts program. Some of our donors have been able
to do this for us and the Corporate Matching Gifts
have been a tremendous help!
Blood Samples and Thank You!
Reminder: Blood Samples are especially needed
from affected dogs. For information and
instructions please click on Donate Blood.
big Thank you to those who have already contacted
us and sent in blood samples for Dr. Ned
Patterson’s canine epilepsy research. Also, thank
you to those that gave blood samples for epilepsy
research at the ASHGI and ASCA health clinic at
the ASCA Nationals and at the health clinic at the
USASA National Specialty. It takes all of us
working together to stop this disease.
Your gifts help us to support the research to
find the genes responsible for canine epilepsy and
develop a screening test.
Toby's Foundation part of your charitable giving.
Toby's Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization. Our Federal Tax Identification
number is 74-3135217. Your gift is tax deductible
to the fullest extent of the law and helps us in
our efforts to stop canine epilepsy. Please check
with your employer about a Matching Gifts program.
If you would like to make a memorial or
honorary gift to support canine epilepsy research,
an announcement card can be sent to whomever you
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