Neurology Research Program Area

The AKC Canine Health Foundation supports basic science discovery and clinical research into the treatment of neurological diseases through the Neurology Research Program Area. This program area supports research into the molecular and genetic basis of disease, and the identification of potential therapeutics to treat neurologic disorders. The Neurology Research Program will support studies to identify common genetic factors that influence neurologic health and disease. As with all other research program areas, collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams of investigators who can approach genomic discovery research from a multi-‘omics’ perspective will be considered more competitive than a genomic approach working in isolation. Regenerative Medicine research is strongly supported by the Neurology research program.

Key canine health problems addressed by this research program include, but are not limited to:   

  • Neuropathic pain 
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Megaesophagus
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Exercised Induced Collapse
  • Caudal Cervical Spondylomyelopathy (Wobbler Syndrome)
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Chiari-like Malformations
  • Lumbosacral Stenosis
  • Meningoencephalitis
  • Syringomyelia
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
  • Demyelination
  • Fucosidosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Head Shakes
  • Meningitis and Steroid Responsive Meningitis Arteritis
  • Progressive Neuronal Abiotrophy
  • Encephalitis
  • Neonatal Encephalopathy
  • Neuroaxonal Dystrophy
  • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Scottie Cramp
  • Spinal Cord Injury

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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.

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