Research into CM/SM


Because CM/SM was only recognised in the late 90s in cavaliers (up until then, it would have been considered an extremely rare neurological disorder in dogs), research is really only beginning to get underway. Even so, considerable progress has been made to refine treatment options and find out more about what CM/SM is -- and isn't -- with the hopes of one day having a genetic test available to breeders to help screen breeding animals, limiting the spread of the worst forms of the disease, and finding the best medical and surgical treatments to reduce or eliminate pain.

Central to many of these goals is a genome scan for the CKCS, underway as a joint UK/Canada/US project, and made possible by hundreds of donations of cavalier blood and blood from other affected breeds, donated by breeders and pet owners. This is taking place

Another key goal is to find a cheaper, simpler, less intrusive method of diagnosis than an MRI.

Research information on this website:

You can read about the various research projects completed, proposed, or underway in the Projects section of this website.

You can find out more about research work done by Clare Rusbridge and Penny Knowler, who have been working in this area for several years, in the occasional newsletters they have released. These are all available here.

The first major gathering of researchers in the area of canine SM took place in November 2006 in London, sponsored by the UK CKCS Club, the Royal Veterinary College and Boehringer Ingleheim. Detailed summaries of all the papers presented at the conference are available here.

Several projects need your support. Find out about donating to the CM/SM project of your choice on the Donations page.