I've had an email update from the researchers using Rupert's Fund to scan older cavaliers for the syringomyelia genome research: 14 dogs have now been scanned with some significant results for the research.
Some dogs have cost more to scan than the reduced rate -- as for the convenience of owners, they have been scanned at other centres. So: we have worked through existing funds now with 14 dogs scanned, and will return to working to raise more funds for dogs that researchers have identified as valuable to research, which are now on the waiting list for a scan.
This is the note Dr Clare Rusbridge has asked to be posted:
This is really exciting -- 5 of the 9 'A' grade dogs have no SM. This is an absolutely fantastic result as these are very meaningful findings in these older dogs, far more significant for research than scans of SM-free younger dogs, and is a significant help in further zeroing in on the genes responsible for CM/SM and understanding how they work.There have now been 14 dogs scanned aged between 6.3yrs and 12.2yrs.
9 were grade 'A', 5 of which had no central canal dilation.
5 dogs had SM
The average cost is working out at £200 per dog. So with the others on the "pending list" we have used up the current available funds but the good news is that the CKCS Club have also donated £2000 to the Genome research - and so the good work continues
A massive thank you to all the owners and breeders that put in the considerable effort to bring their dogs to the scanning centre. It is gratefully acknowledged.
Once again: your support is making this research work possible. Your donations, of any size, small or large, helps keep this work going at this critical final stage of the genome project. Rupert's Fund donors have raised over £3,600 -- that's over $5,200 -- in just a few short months. We have built to this amount from donations as small as a few pounds to as large as £300 -- each and every one makes a difference.
There is more information on Rupert's Fund and full details on how to donate and how to contact researchers if you think your dog might be a good scan candidate, at