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    DefaultCanine Epilepsy study

    Forwarding for FYI, I am not involved, don't ask me questions about it.

    To whom it may concern,

    We are currently recruiting dogs for a research project which is looking for
    a genetic link to drug response in epileptic dogs. The project is being
    performed in the Department of Genetics and College of Veterinary Medicine
    at North Carolina State University. Much current research is designed to
    find out why some dogs get epilepsy. We're interested in a more practical
    question, namely why some dogs fail to respond to anti-epileptic drugs,
    specifically Phenobarbital. The idea is that there is variation among dogs
    and breeds in their ability to digest the drug, or deliver it to the right
    part of the brain, or maybe even in how the drug affects their neurons.
    This approach has already shown promise as a way to help doctors dose drug
    treatments for epilepsy in humans. We are going to adopt some of the
    technology from the Human Genome Project for use in dogs. To do so, we
    need to compare the DNA from blood samples from dogs that do or do not
    respond to Phenobarbital.

    We already have several Labrador Retrievers enrolled in our study and felt
    that this study may be of interest to other owners of epileptic Labrador
    Retrievers. Can you please help us spread the word regarding our research by
    directing your members to our website: or
    they can email me directly at [email protected] ?

    Thank you for your time,

    Erin Kennerly
    Doctoral Candidate
    NCSU – Dept. of Genetics
    Dr. Greg Gibson's Lab
    (919) 513-3090
    [email protected]


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    DefaultRe: Canine Epilepsy study

    Thanks, Laura. Will review...

    Seamus and Flynn

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    DefaultRe: Canine Epilepsy study

    Thanks for the info. Reba is not on pheno - yet, so she is probably not a candidate.

    Also thanks for the post in "There is really something not right about him" That was new info for me and I have yet to really study it.
    Judy, mom to Reba, the Lab, and Jalapeno (Halle), the JRT


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