The Alabama Rot Research Fund's Aim is:
"To raise funds to promote research into all aspects of the disease known as Alabama Rot (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy or CRGV) in dogs, on terms that the results of such research are published, with the aim of advancing education in the disease and guiding treatment and prevention strategies to relieve the suffering of dogs, who are in need of care and attention".
Funds are raised to achieve Research Goals which are periodically reviewed to ensure they are kept relevant. They were last reviewed in March 2022.
- To improve CRGV disease surveillance and case recording nationally and, if possible, internationally.
- To attempt to identify any possible environmental trigger(s) or causal organism(s). This may ultimately provide an opportunity for development of targeted treatment.
- To develop a diagnostic testing strategy which will yield a firm diagnosis before death.
- To better define prognostic indicators to guide treatment.
- To identify possible genetic abnormalities in dogs affected by the disease compared to healthy dogs.
- To further forge links between human and veterinary medicine with regards to thrombotic microangiopathy - the underlying microscopic change in CRGV.
- To continue to fund a PhD student(s) to research exclusively into CRGV.