Brain research

MRI: Will evaluate the dog’s brain.

Research in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases in dogs allows progress in the treatment of these diseases in people.

Neurodegenerative diseases in people such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Sanfillipo syndrome in children are comparable to some in dogs such as cognitive dysfunction syndrome in old dogs or neuronal ceroid lipofucinosis.

Researchers from the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona (UAB) have carried out a study in dogs, over seven years, which demonstrates the safety and durability of a gene therapy strategy that opens the doors to the possible treatment of genetic neurodegenerative diseases.

The study consisted of administering adeno-associated viral vectors directly into the cerebrospinal fluid, which envelops and protects the brain and spinal cord, and which also has applications in a range of neurodegenerative pathologies. They have followed the evolution of three healthy dogs that have been administered these viral vectors and seven years later they have not presented any side effects.

At the Centro Veterinario de Diagnóstico por Imagen de Levante in Cuidad Quesada, MRIs are performed to diagnose and evaluate the brains of dogs affected by neurodegenerative diseases. The image shows an MRI performed at this centre of a case of neurodegenerative disease in a dog.


Costablanca Sur:
Centro Veterinario de Diagnóstico por Imagen de Levante
C/Los Arcos 23, Ciudad Quesada Rojales. Tel: +34 609 779 109
www.resonanciaveterinaria.es

Costablanca Norte:
Anicura Marina Baixa Hospital Veterinario
www.veterinariamarinabaixa.com 

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