An excellent journal that you might not frequently access is The Veterinary Journal.
In the latest volume there is a comprehensive article on veterinary epilepsy, of interest to both medics and vets. I am just repeating the highlights and abstract here but the entire article is excellent. It is a multi- author collaboration.
In the abstract the authors state that epilepsy is a multifactorial disorder with a complex genetic background. Our current understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of epilepsy has substantially increased due to animal model studies, including dogs. Additional research, both basic and clinical is needed. Drug resistant , since seizure freedom is not achieved with the available antiseizure medications, and oare important ther pharmacological and particularly non-pharmacological therapeutic options need to be a priority in epilepsy research.
Combined efforts and sharing knowledge and expertise between human and veterinary neurologists are important for improving the treatment outcomes or even a cure for epilepsy in dogs-an exciting prospect
In this article, a panel of experts discuss the similarities and knowledge gaps in human and animal epileptology. The aim is to establish a common framework and basis for future translational epilepsy research
- Drug -resistant epilepsy is a challenging multifactorial disorder with a poor outcome
- Exploration of non-pharmacological therapeutic options remains a research priority
- Collaboration between human and medical neurologists is essential
- Establishment of a common framework is needed to improve treatment outcomes
- Translational research offers an exciting approach in human and canine epileptology l