Ranked third in the nation among colleges of veterinary medicine by U.S. News & World Report, NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine is a driving force in veterinary innovation. From our leadership in understanding and defining the interconnections between animal and human health, to groundbreaking research in areas like equine health, and our commitment to training the next generation of veterinary health professionals, we are dedicated to advancing animal and human health from the cellular level through entire ecosystems.
More than two million Americans have the disease and one in 26 of us will develop epilepsy at some point in our lifetime. Each year some 780,000 dogs are diagnosed with epilepsy—which is the single most common canine neurological disorder—and more than 5% of all dogs will experience seizures in their lifetime.
Scientists in the NC State University Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research are investigating canine epilepsy—its causes, diagnosis, treatment, and management—and what they are learning is not only helping canine patients but is of interest to medical researchers studying the disease in people.
- Karen Muñana, professor of neurology and a board-certified neurology specialist with NC State’s Veterinary Hospital, works with hospital clients and their pets in exploring the causes of the disease and developing novel treatments through the Canine Epilepsy Outreach Program she manages.
- Christopher Mariani, an associate professor of neurology, evaluates potential biomarkers in canine cerebrospinal fluid to track cellular changes and improve diagnosis and therapy in dogs experiencing seizures.