If you have read about the Polymyositis Research and would like your donation to help – please specify “PM Fund” in the Paypal reference box
(by default all donations made here go to the Charity’s welfare fund – our most important function and to pay for the huge expenses involved in the rehoming of vizslas in need
For the past 5 years the Charity has been able to contribute generously to the genetic research thanks to the amazing UK vizsla community which has responded and donated specifically to many Facebook appeals largely generated by affected dogs and their committed owners. We have donated almost £28,000 to investigate how it might be possible to reduce the incidence of this life threatening and distressing disease. Most of the income has gone directly to the geneticists – but also some vet bills have been paid – as have been the costs of a couple of significant autopsies.
The research funding has enabled the supply of Performagene kits to more than 500 owners keen to help by providing relevant vizsla samples. Thereafter there is significant cost in the technical support needed for DNA extraction. We are so very grateful to Lorna Kennedy and her team for their continuing and labour intensive efforts to interrogate and interpret this data.
*October 2016* There has been recent advance to the direction of the project with lead scientist Lorna Kennedy reporting that thanks to the Charity’s most recent donation (£10,000) it will now be possible to analyse whether the the published association, identified in 241 dogs, still holds in a larger group. We are hopeful that this will be a significant step forward and developments will be reported here
By default all donations go to the Charity’s welfare fund – to pay for the huge expenses involved in the rehoming of vizslas in need. If you would like your donation to help with the PM research – please specify “PM Fund” in the Paypal reference box.