01 Oct Invitation to participate in a PPID blue light research study
Researchers at University College Dublin today announced a collaboration with researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Centre for a large-scale study to investigate the effects of blue light treatment in PPID horses over a 12-month period. The research team is led by Dr. Barbara Anne Murphy, Head of Equine Science within the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin in close collaboration with Dr. Amanda Adams at the Gluck Centre.
The team at UCD are recruiting interest from owners of PPID horses/ponies that meet a specific set of criteria to investigate if blue light treatment can influence the symptoms of this debilitating condition of older horses. If you own or manage a horse or pony diagnosed with PPID, and which displays hypertrichosis (long curly hair coat), you can complete a short questionnaire to see if you are eligible to participate. Both medicated (e.g. Pergolide) and unmedicated horses/ponies are suitable. Participation in this study will help researchers and veterinarians to better understand PPID as a disorder of older horses, and evaluate the impact of blue light at alleviating some symptoms of the disease.
All selected participants will receive an Equilume Cashel blue light mask at the beginning (treatment group) or at the end (control group) of the study (Value: €700/$700). It is important to note that participation requires the monthly collection of hair samples from your horse/pony, the submission of photographs and the completion of bi-monthly online questionnaires. Participant applications will be accepted until Friday, October 22nd.
Suitable participants will be randomly assigned to either treatment (fitted with an Equilume light mask) or control (no additional light exposure) groups. The control group is as important as the treatment group and will allow the collection of valuable data related to the seasonal changes in symptoms of PPID horses. The data collected will contribute significantly to knowledge of how PPID horses’ coat condition is affected throughout the year, and the results will help with the future management of this important condition.
Follow this link to complete the questionnaire if you own or manage a horse/pony with PPID and are interested in joining our study: https://tinyurl.com/UCD-PPID-Study