News release - funding approved for investigation for possible parasitic and bacterial causes of CRGV – Dr Colin Berry
We have just approved funding to carry out an investigation into a range of possible parasitic and bacterial pathogens which give similar symptoms to CRGV in other species.
This will be carried out by Dr Colin Berry, Reader at Cardiff School of Biosciences and Methods and will involve microscopic, and electron microscopic analysis of tissue samples for the presence of parasites, and bacteria, particularly slow growing intracellular bacteria, in the tissues.
The aim is to complete the study by the end of the year ready for publication of the results in a peer reviewed veterinary journal.
We are very grateful to Gillian and Adrienne for organising a coffee morning at May Hill Village Hall, Longhope, GL17 0NL on the 28th of April.
ARRF are please to announce that we have approved funds to pay for analysis on post mortem tissues samples to provide confirmation of a diagnosis of CRGV.
To read more details about this research please go to Research page.
ARRF are pleased to announce that we have approved funding for a project to measure the serum C3 concentration in azotaemic dogs with CRGV.
To read more details about this research please open the link attached in the Research page.
A petition has been started requiring DEFRA to fund research into the cause of Alabama Rot ( CRGV) in dogs.
If it reaches over 100,000 signatures this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament. Please sign it!
The first part of the epidemiology work is nearing completion and will be submitted to a scientific journal by the end of January. Hopefully the results will be available in the public domain in March or April.
Hi dog lovers! A new email has just been sent to all UK veterinary practices with a poster attached. If you go to your vet and don't see the poster, please print one out and ask them if they would kindly like to display it! Many thanks from the ARRF Team.
You will be well aware I’m sure, that over the past few years, the disease called Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), has been causing much alarm to dog owners all over the country and has been of significant interest to the national press via newspapers, TV and radio.
Because the cause of the disease is as yet unknown a national charity was recently set up called the Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) www.arrf.co.uk. Its purpose is to raise funds to research the cause of this disease and the possible future development of prevention or treatment strategies.
Below there is a link to a poster. We would be extremely grateful if you could print this and display it in your practice waiting area.
We think dog owners across the country will be pleased to know that an effort is being made at national level to confront this condition, and they will hopefully be keen to contribute towards the fund.
Very many thanks in anticipation for your help.
Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) Registered Charity No: 1166029
Following a meeting on the 5th of October 2017, ARRF and Chris Street of AlabamaRot.co.uk have agreed to work together going forward.
From now on, ARRF's newsfeed will be supplemented by a direct link to AlabamaRot.co.uk which has a substantial depth of current and historical information about the disease going back since it was first recognised in the UK.
In addition it was agreed that AlabamaRot.co.uk will close its donation fund, and direct anyone wishing to make a donation to www.arrf.co.uk. As a national charity ARRF is able to claim back tax on donations via Gift Aid, so for example for £100 donated, ARRF will receive £125.
Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) are pleased to announce their joint funding with NFDOG, for an epidemiology project into cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV or Alabama Rot). This work will be carried out by Dr Kim Stevens. http://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/our-people/kim-stevens
Using data provided by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists the research aims to:
1. Identify possible risk factors for CRGV including age, breed and sex whilst also assessing possible climatic risk factors
2. Investigate the spatial epidemiology of the disease to identify apparent clusters of cases in certain areas
3. Developing and launching a new questionnaire that will allow improved data collection
We would hope to be able to provide an update on the findings of this exciting research towards the end of this year.
We are sad to report that confirmed cases of Alabama Rot have been recorded in Cornwall.