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Greetings from Toby's Foundation,

Celebrating our 9th Anniversary of service to epilepsy research and education!

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Research News

Dr. Ned E. Patterson of the University of Minnesota has been given a one year extension for CHF Grant 01615: Identification of Idiopathic Epilepsy Genes in Australian Shepherds. The grant is now extended to December 31, 2014.

Dr. Patterson’s mid-year 2 report states “Once we identify a confirmed mutation we will then develop a DNA based genetic test.”  Dr. Patterson has obtained new cases and new controls and plans to “ analyze these new DNA samples with complete standard genetic analysis with the latest SNP chips. In addition we continue to analyze the 3 identified areas for more markers and possible mutations.”


Researchers have made progress—let’s keep the momentum going!

The researchers are continuing in-depth analysis to find the genetic mutations contributing to epilepsy in Australian Shepherds in three chromosome areas that have been identified.

We need your help! New blood samples from affected dogs are needed. Please send in a blood sample from your dog with idiopathic/primary epilepsy for Dr. Ned Patterson’s Aussie Epilepsy research at the University of Minnesota.
Please see the information below to submit a blood sample from your dog.

Please make a donation today to Toby’s Foundation to help us in the fight against canine epilepsy. Your donations are needed and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 
Please see the information below to make a donation online or by mail. Thank you!


Charitable Giving

Your gifts help us to support the research to find the genes responsible for canine epilepsy and develop a screening test.

Please make 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 acknowledgement card can be sent to whomever you specify.

We accept donations online (see link below) or you may mail your check to:

Toby's Foundation
P.O. Box 7321
Laguna Niguel , CA 92607

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AussiE-Update Volume VI, No. 48
July 29, 2013

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