Published: 10/04/2017 11:04:58
Prioritising PPID -
we need you!
Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), also known as Equine Cushing's Syndrome, is the most common hormonal disorder in older horses and ponies in the UK. It is caused by changes in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain which normally regulates the release of important hormones into the blood stream. However, these changes mean the hormones are no longer properly controlled. The scientific community still has many questions about the best way to identify and manage this important disease.
About this study
This study is being carried out by the Animal Health Trust, in collaboration with the Universities of Liverpool and Nottingham. If you have experience of PPID (this includes anyone who owns or cares for a horse/pony with PPID and vets who treat them) we would like to invite you to inform researchers what you would like to know about PPID. Whether that’s a question around how the disease is diagnosed, the best way to treat it or what the long term prognosis is?
This will help us to identify gaps in the current available information known as ‘uncertainties’. Uncertainties are essentially unanswered questions that cannot be answered by up to date information based on research evidence. The most important uncertainties need to be identified so that future research can be prioritised in these areas.
Why is this study important?
Funding for research is limited and it is important for research organisations to understand what the real priorities are for owners of horses with PPID and the vets treating them, in order to allow the development of appropriate research programmes providing practical answers to your questions.
How can I get involved?
If you own or care for a horse/pony with PPID or are a vet that treats them (or you have done in the past) please click on this link to have your say!
Who can I contact if I have further questions?
If you have any questions or for further information please contact the Project Investigator Becky Tatum BSc(Hons):
Email: becky.tatum @aht.org.uk
Telephone: 01638 751000 Ext. 1241
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