Institute of Genetics

Epilepsy in various breeds

Epilepsy can occur in humans and in many dog breeds. Epilepsy can result from brain damage (e.g. trauma), or genetic mutations. In dogs the hereditary forms of epilepsy are probably very important. We plan to investigate the underlying genetic mechanisms for various forms of epilepsy in different dog breeds. The goal of our research is the development of diagnostic tests, which will allow a reduction of the epilepsy cases by a targeted breeding strategy. For our research we need blood samples from epilepsy affected dogs and their relatives. If you would like to contribute to our project and if you can donate sample(s) please follow the instructions shown below.