Epilepsy

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!

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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.

Research

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.

2016 Grants

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

2014 Grants

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

Read about the other epilepsy grants funded by CHF.

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.

Educational Resources

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.

Seizure information from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

What to do if your dog has a seizure

Epilepsy research recently funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation

American Veterinary Medical Association podcast on epilepsy

EPIL-K9 All Breed Canine Epilepsy List (online discussion group)

Thank You to the Sponsors of the Epilepsy Initiative

Champion Sponsors ($50,000+):

Collie Health Foundation

 

   

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
Toby's 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!

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