Subject: Re: SM: Partcipants Needed for Normast Study
To all owners with definite diagnosis of SM (any breed confirmed by MRI) in their dogs – these can be dogs who have had the decompression surgery or not, but who are on some form of medicines for S
SM. We are looking for participants to take part in a study to compare the effects of Normast* with another drug (for instance gabapentin).If there is enough interest then Dr Nick Jeffery (ISU Vet School) could go on to the next stage of working out the details of how to make the study happen. This study would be done remotely. Dr Jeffery would coordinate it from a distance so one does not have to travel to Iowa (in the Midwest USA, for those who are overseas). ]Special tablets would be made up so that owners were not aware of what they were giving at each time, but each dog would get both treatments at some stage. The results could be collected by questionnaire
]In order to get the numbers for this study we are attempting to coordinate it from a distance. As part of his agreement to participate I have agreed to collect the emails to assess interest. I would just need the number of dogs you wish to enter into the study. I don’t want any details, whose breeding or any dog’s name. Once I have collected enough dogs for the numbers this would be turned over to Dr Jeffery. My only interest is getting this study underway. At this time this is being considered for the USA due to distances (have asked if Canada is included) if this changes will notify of that.
We have a real opportunity here for the sake of the dog(s with a Doctor willing to participate, please let’s get behind this.
At this time there is no funding this is being done “pro bonoOnce we have enough in way of the number needed of dogs whose owners are interested in participating, then Dr. Jeffery can set about working out the next stage as to how to make the study happen, but in order for him to setup the study we need to have interested participants.
Of course further details would be provided as this moves along, if we can get enough to participate to do the study.
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Thank you Jill Scandroli Catesby Cavaliers E-ml me privately at email@example.com
Normast has been used overseas in the Netherlands in a informal study for 70 Cavaliers to date, Normast has demonstrated some to complete relief of SM symptoms in less pain and return to more activity. This study is a attempt to undertake the 1st blind study to demonstrate this medicines effectiveness.