March Update from the AHT Research Study into Idopathic Epilepsy. Please help the Animal Heath Trust tackle Epilepsy in the Italian Spinone.

As you

 know, the collaborative research project between our clinical neurology and canine genetics services to investigate idiopathic epilepsy in the Italian Spinone is progressing well.

The AHT neurology team have been working extremely hard on the initial phases of this project to identify suitable cases.  Now, during the first half of 2014, Dr Cathryn Mellersh and her genetics team are collecting DNA samples from the identified cases.  They will then use sophisticated DNA technologies to identify mutations likely to be causative of the disease.

Cathryn will be at Crufts (6 – 9 March) on the Kennel Club Health Stand in Hall 3 and will be happy to answer your questions on the development of this research project and to discuss what you can do to help.  You can also talk to members of the Fundraising Department on the adjacent AHT stand to discuss how your club and Italian Spinone owners can raise further funds to support the fight against this distressing disease in the Italian Spinone.

Please circulate this letter to your members as widely as possible as we would very much like to meet as many Italian Spinone owners as possible at Crufts.  We hope to see you there and, to those who may be showing or exhibiting, the very best of luck!

Yours sincerely


Andrew Simmonds

Head of Development.