Following our Annual General Meeting 15th January, 2017 the following resolutions were reached
1. We the Association are concerned about this disease and the effect on our horses.
2. Provide Pro Active support in the research and eventual erradication of this disease.
3. Offer post mortem testing of our deceased animals to assist research.
4. Once a conclusive test is established ALL horses requiring registration with our Association will be required to be tested before registration is accepted
5. Members will be asked to donate to the research funds and the Association will make contributions as funds permit.
We the association believe this is a positive and sensible approach moving forward in the utmost interest of our horses.
DSLD Equine Disease Information and Support December 21, 2016 at 11:17am · The following update from Dr. Jaroslava Halper, a primary researcher who has made great progress in unraveling DSLD/ESPA: ----------------------- I am sending a brief update on our research’ I probably have seen fundraising efforts by Elsa Chang, I hope that this will not discourage you – I really need money for our research, especially, I think that we can make a breakthrough. However, and I do not think that people realize how the research reagents, chemicals and supplies are expensive. I would also like to have money for assistantship for my graduate student, she is very capable, and she is paying her own way. So here is the update: Our research represents a novel approach to solving the mystery of DSLD. Over the last 20 years the equine veterinary community has noticed an increase in prevalence of DSLD in a variety of breeds. DSLD comes at a high cost to owners, breeders and the equine industry as a whole. As lameness is often the first sign of disease and can persist in mild form for long time, owners often spend thousands of dollars diagnosing and treating afflicted horses. Though three methods are currently used, usually in tandem, to diagnose DSLD they are not specific. In addition, they are not genetic tests and cannot be used to predict either the occurrence of DSLD in the offspring of DSLD-affected horses or the clinical course of the disorder. The heritable nature and late onset of symptoms, and the lack of a definitive diagnostic test make a potential genetic test particularly important for owners, breeders, potential buyers and equine enthusiasts. Our goal is to identify specific genetic and/or biochemical changes in these horses. Such discovery would represent a real breakthrough and would allow the development of an accurate and specific diagnostic test. We have identified two potential markers in tendons from DSLD horses. Because tendon biopsies would be too debilitating for horses we are working on identification of these markers in the blood. So far we were able to identify one molecule and are working on the identification of the other. The next step will be to find out whether these molecules are present at different levels in DSLD, or whether they underwent changes in their amino acid sequence (amino acids are building blocks of proteins) because of a gene mutation. We have two other potential markers to identify and characterize. This type of research is very tedious, time-consuming and expensive. Even if we are able to identify real differences between a healthy horse and a horse with DSLD we will have to test a lot of horses, healthy and with DSLD to make sure that this is not just a coincidence or a normal variation. I know that it has taken me long time to get where we are now, but I am optimistic that we will achieve more. I would like to remind contributors or people thinking about contributing to my research that it has taken billions of US dollars to do research on common human disease, such as atherosclerosis, heart attack, diabetes and cancer, and we still do not have many answers. My budget is much much smaller, and the supplies are very expensive. All the funds to be raised will go for supplies and actual research procedures. I do not get a single penny. My technician is paid by my department (and I am very grateful for that) - and she is great. My graduate student pays her own way, and I would love to have twice as much money we are raising so we can pay her an assistantship. So please be generous, and give what you can – everything counts. Let’s look at this like many other fundraising efforts where many small donations make a lot of difference – March of Dimes, American Heart Association raise money from people like you – little by little. Yes, we can, yes, we will do!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Slavka Jaroslava Halper, MD, PhD Professor Department of Pathology College of Veterinary Medicine AU/UGA Medical Partnership The University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602 Phone: 706-542-5830 Fax: 706-542-5828 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org https://gail.uga.edu/give… Donation Form - Alumni, Donors & Friends - University of Georgia Please use this form to make a new gift or to make a payment on an existing pledge. If you want to see giving options for a specific School, College, or department go to our Search for a Fund link below. Click here if you would like to find out more information regarding other ways to give (i.e. by… GAIL.UGA.EDU