2013 Funded Projects

Diabetes gene study, University of Sydney, August 2013


Dr Bianca Haase and Associate Professor Julia Beatty were awarded a grant from the FHRF for their study entitled “Genetic Investigation of Diabetes in Burmese Cats”.

The aim of this study was to generate whole genome sequence for two well-characterised control cats for comparison with sequence data from Burmese cats affected with diabetes. It was hoped that this study could lead to the identification of the causative mutation for diabetes in Burmese cats, enabling genetic testing and facilitating the breeding of healthier cats.

Diabetes gene study, The University of Queensland, April 2013


Professor Jacquie Rand and Dr Caroline O’Leary were awarded a grant from the FHRF for their study entitled “Pilot study — What are the Genetic Loci Associated with Diabetes Mellitus in Australian Burmese Cats?”

The aim of this study was to identify chromosomal regions and genetic elements associated with diabetes in Burmese cats in Australia. It was hoped that his could lead to improved diagnosis and clinical care for cats, and development of new strategies for diagnosis and prevention of feline diabetes, including improved tools for breeding management for use by cat breeders.

Diabetes clinical management study, University of Melbourne, April 2013


Dr Caroline Mansfield, Dr Linda Fleeman and Dr Katie Lott were awarded a grant from the FHRF for their study entitled “Evaluating effectiveness of continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS) for monitoring glycaemic control in diabetic cats”.

The aim of this study was s to determine whether using a sensor device as a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) for diabetic cats would result in a different clinical decision compared to monitoring serum fructosamine or clinical examination findings. A secondary aim was to determine the incidence of acromegaly (cataracts, clubbed paws, broad facial features) in a population of Australian diabetic cats. It was hoped that CGMS would offer a superior method for monitoring diabetic cats that could replace more traditional methods that involve repeated blood testing.

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