Information from the Norwegian Shetland Sheepdog Club
(NSSK) about the PRA-prosjektet, September 12.th 2002

Latest news concerning the Norwegian PRA-project:

We have now been to a meeting at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute 2nd September.

We went through pedigrees from known PRA-dogs and their closest family. We have a vision to be able to have blood test from whole families, like PRA-dogs, their parents, their litter mates and their offspring. This will constitute a good basis to start with and also to compare with other researchers materials in the rest of the world.

We will still ask for blood tests from other PRA-dogs without having blood test from their closest family, if such dogs are not available.

A meeting will find place in Michigan, USA, in September, where the representative from the Norwegian Veterinarian Institute, who is in charge of the Norwegian project will participate. He hope to be able to share experience from their equivalent PRA-research, and to offer what the tests from "our" dogs will come up with.

No one can expect results from one day to the next. Research is expensive and we need to rise as much money as possible to get a quick start on this.

We can not close our eyes for this problem, we will find dogs in many pedigrees which genes are carriers for PRA - in all countries.

If anyone can come up with a good idea to get a sponsor, we would have a flying start. A sponsor will have quite a lot of publication and PR if all sheltie home pages can have the sponsor's logo. Is there anyone out there who can come up with a good idea and a name?

In the meantime - we hope a lot of sheltie owners can contribute with money for the project, to the best opportunity to find PRA-carriers in the future.

The next meeting at the Norwegian Veterinarian Institute will find place in October 2002.

If you want to get in contact with us, please write to Ingrid Myklebostad, secretary of the Norwegian Shetland Sheepdog Club, e-mail: myklebostad@online.no.

 

12th September 2002




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