Category Archives: Retinal Degeneration (gPRA)

Dr. Cathryn Mellersh & Prof. Sheila Crispin win International Canine Health Awards

Today, I was a guest at the International Canine Health Awards ceremony held in Cambridge. Joint winner of the International Prize was Dr. Cathryn Mellersh who is well-known to Dachshund owners for her ground-breaking work on cord1 PRA. Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Prof. Sheila Crispin who has been working with the Dachshund …

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cord1 PRA testing of Mini Wire Dachshunds

The Kennel Club has informed the Breed Council that, under the Kennel Club Accredited Breeder Scheme (ABS), Miniature Wirehaired Dachshunds have had their requirements and/or recommendations adjusted as follows:     Add requirement – DNA test for GPRA (cord 1).     These changes are effective from July 1, 2011 and Accredited Breeders have a period of grace of …

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Cord1 PRA update from AHT

Dr. Cathryn Mellersh, Canine Genetics Research Group Leader at the Animal Health Trust, has provided the Dachshund Breed Council with an update on the status of the research into cord1 PRA.  The overwhelming conclusion from these intensive studies is that the previously reported RPGRIP1 mutation, upon which the widely used DNA test is based, causes cone photoreceptors …

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AHT make cord1 test available for MWHD

At the start of 2010 the Animal Health Trust added MWHD to MLHD and MSHD for testing of cord1 Retinal Degeneration.   Dr. Cathryn Mellersh said: “We based this decision (to add MW to the list of cord1 breeds) on a couple of factors, one being the recent close relationship between the varieties and another …

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SARDS and IMR

SARDS and IMR are conditions that cause the onset of sudden blindness in dogs, including Dachshunds. SARDS is Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome IMR is Immune Mediated Retinopathy For a comprehensive source of information on these two conditions which can affect Dachshunds, visit http://www.sardsawareness.org/ Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic, D.V.M., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Comparative …

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