Foundation Asks Veterinarians to Submit Cases for Laminitis Study
Laminitis Research Project study attempts to identify risk factors, future
American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation is calling on
veterinarians to volunteer information about naturally occurring cases of
laminitis for the first study of The Laminitis Research Project.
The Laminitis Research Project unites veterinarians and horse owners in a
collaborative effort to uncover new information about the causes, prevention and
treatment of laminitis. One of the most complex conditions confronted by equine
veterinarians, laminitis, is a demobilizing disease that affects the critical
laminae structures of the equine foot.
coordinating the first study in the project series, A Case-Control Study of
Pasture- and Endocrinopathy-Associated Laminitis (PEAL) in Horses, are currently
seeking cases from practicing veterinarians in the
. This study is supported by the Foundation and by Prascend® (pergolide
mesylate), manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. By identifying
risk factors associated with this form of the disease, researchers hope to
develop strategies for management and prevention, as well as identify priorities
for future laminitis research.
"It is our belief and hope that our study of naturally occurring cases of
PEAL will identify factors that can be further investigated as means for
preventing or controlling this form of laminitis," Noah Cohen, VMD, Ph.D,
DACVIM, principal investigator of the PEAL study, said. "We are reliant on
the goodwill and commitment of AAEP members in the
to help us obtain the necessary information and samples from affected horses
and unaffected horses that will serve as controls."
Veterinarians can contribute to the study by submitting first-time occurring
cases of PEAL in horses they see in their practices. Each participating
veterinarian will be asked to gather data including signalment, diet, housing
and health management, morphometric measurements, and blood samples from one
incident case of laminitis and two control horses.
To sign up, visit the study website at www.vetmed.tamu.edu/laminitis. Participating
AAEP-member veterinarians may also enroll in the study by contacting the Dr.
Michelle Coleman, the study coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (979) 219-3523. Upon registration, the participating veterinarian will be
sent all necessary study materials, including access to the study survey,
instructions on performing morphometric measurements, and blood collection and
The AAEP Foundation (www.aaepfoundation.org),
a 501(c)(3) organization, was created in 1994 as the charitable arm of the
American Association of Equine Practitioners. The AAEP Foundation's
mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse through support of
research, education, benevolence and the equine community. Since its
inception, the Foundation has allocated more than $2.2 million to support its
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