AKC Canine Health Foundation Launches Epilepsy Research Initiative
All donations to this initiaitve in 2017 will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000 thanks to the generosity of the American Kennel Club!
CHF is pleased to announce a matched-funding initiative to fight epilepsy in dogs. All dogs can be affected by epilepsy, and it is among the most common neurological disorders in dogs. Epilepsy is a general term for neurological conditions that cause seizures. Epilepsy can be heritable and some breeds are believed to be predisposed to the condition.
Through this initiative, CHF has funded four research grants for $200,000 in 2016. In 2014, the Foundation funded two research grants totaling $220,000 in research funding.
02248: Identification of a Novel Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy Gene and Its Underlying Disease Mechanism
Principal Investigator: Dr. Hannes T Lohi, PhD; University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics
Total Grant Amount: $82,240.00; Grant Period: 5/1/2016 - 10/31/2017
02249-A: Studying the Role of the Gastrointestinal Tract in Canine Epilepsy
Principal Investigator: Dr. Karen R. Munana, DVM; North Carolina State University
Total Grant Amount: $14,995.00; Grant Period: 6/1/2016 - 11/30/2017
02252: Investigating a Ketogenic Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Supplement for the Treatment of Drug-Resistant Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy and Its Behavioral Comorbidities
Principal Investigator: Dr. Holger Andreas Volk, DVM, PhD; Royal Veterinary College, University of London
Total Grant Amount: $107,697.06; Grant Period: 5/1/2016 - 10/31/2017
02257: Identification of Genetic Risk Factors for Canine Epilepsy
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary S. Johnson, DVM PhD; University of Missouri, Columbia
Total Grant Amount: $84,121.00; Grant Period: 5/1/2016 - 10/31/2017
02131: Neurostimulation: A Groundbreaking New Treatment for Canine Epilepsy
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sam Nicholas Long, BVSc, PhD; The University of Melbourne
Total Grant Amount: $116,000.00; Grant Period: 10/1/2014 - 9/30/2016
02133: Canine Epilepsy: Genetic Variants, Biomarkers, and New Therapies
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ned E. Patterson, DVM PhD; University of Minnesota
Total Grant Amount: $104,781.00; Grant Period: 10/1/2014 - 3/31/2017
The life-altering nature of epilepsy is of foremost concern to the AKC Canine Health Foundation and requires a major research effort. With your support, we can make a significant investment and make real progress in the fight against epilepsy.
What's Feeding Those Seizures? An Update on Refractory Canine Epilepsy and the Potential Link to Gastrointestinal Health
Speaker: Karen R. Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Register today for this exciting webinar on October 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET. (Link will take you to the VetVine website, CHF’s partner in our webinar series.)
This webinar, like others in the series, is approved for up to 1 hour of CE credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements.
Understanding Canine Epilepsy, including a downloadable PDF seizure diary.
EPIL-K9 All Breed Canine Epilepsy List (online discussion group)
Thank You to the Sponsors of the Epilepsy Initiative
Champion Sponsors ($50,000+):
Lead Sponsors ($25,000 - $49,999):
Giant Schnauzer Club of America
United States Australian Shepherd Foundation/USASA
Charter Sponsors ($10,000 - $24,999):
American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Charitable Trust
Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation
German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America
Keeshond Club of America
Saint Bernard Club of America and Charitable Foundation
Vizsla Club of America & Vizsla Club of America Welfare Foundation
Sponsors ($2,500 - $9,999):
Alaskan Malamute Club of America
American Belgian Tervuren Club
American Pointer Club
Field Spaniel Society of America
Irish Water Spaniel Club of America
Siberian Husky Club of America
All donations in 2017 will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000 thanks to the generosity of the American Kennel Club!
Help Future Generations of Dogs
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.