Canine Diabetes Research

People: Brian Catchpole, Lucy Davison, Marsha Wallace

 At The Royal Veterinary College we have established a national canine diabetes register. This includes a database of clinical information and an archive of residual samples. This diabetic register is used as part of ongoing research into the causes of this disease.

Diabetic Remission Clinic

People: Vanessa Woolhead, Hannah Darcy, David Church

The Diabetic Remission Clinic investigates the optimum management for diabetic cats, and cats in diabetic remission. This includes investigating factors that increase the chance of diabetic remission and prevent cats in remission from relapsing. The clinic is currently running a clinical trial to investigate the benefit of a drug promoting insulin secretion in preventing relapse of diabetes in cats that are already in remission.

PREDICT Study (Prodrome Recognition in Epileptic Dogs to Improve Control and Therapeutics) – Investigating the potential of non-invasive seizure forecasting in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy

People: Sarah Finnegan, Rowena Packer, Monica Daley

PREDICT aims to investigate the potential of non-invasive seizure forecasting in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. This study will improve our knowledge and ability in prediction of seizures and management of canine epilepsy. We aim to increase quality of life for both dogs with epilepsy and their owners. To do this we are specifically recruiting any breed, age and sex of dogs from the United Kingdom.

RESET: Reducing Epileptic Seizures and improving Emotional state with behavioural Therapies - A trial to investigate behavioural interventions as management tools for drug-resistant canine epilepsy

People: Sarah Hobbs, Joe Fenn, Rowena Packer

People with epilepsy often also experience anxiety, and recent studies have found that adjunctive behavioural therapies can improve epilepsy and emotional health management. RESET aims to investigate behavioural interventions for canine epilepsy patients by recruiting dogs with epilepsy onto a six-month prospective trial.

The Big Brainy Border Collie Study: Investigating brain structure, function and behaviour In Border Collies with and without Idiopathic Epilepsy

People: Rowena Packer, Sarah Hobbs

Epilepsy is a complex brain disease seen in both humans and dogs. Subtle differences in brain anatomy, electrical activity in the brain, and day to day behaviour are found between people with epilepsy and people with normal brain development. We are interested in exploring these differences between Border Collies with and without epilepsy, and if they may mimic differences seen in human epilepsy cases.

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