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: www.carolinacanineepilepsy.org or
they can email me directly at [email protected] ?
Thank you for your time,
NCSU – Dept. of Genetics
Dr. Greg Gibson's Lab
♣ Laura ♣
Thanks, Laura. Will review...
Seamus and Flynn
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