Funding for this research was provided by:
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NS097197)
Kennel Club Charitable Trust (327802)
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Received: 15 December 2017
Accepted: 19 March 2018
First Online: 27 March 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: All samples used in this study were collected from pet dogs with owner permission for the purpose of diagnostic genetic testing for canine Lafora disease at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. No institutional animal use and care committee approval was required.
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: SA, PW, TW and BM are employed by the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. CR is employed by Fitzpatrick Referrals Ltd., Surrey, GU7 Q22 and the University of Surrey. The University of Surrey, The University of Toronto and Fitzpatrick Referrals Ltd. did not play a role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript and only provided financial support in the form of authors’ salaries and/or research materials. IS, SH and GK and are members of the Lafora disease Subcommittee which is part of the Dachshund Breed Council affiliated with the UK Kennel Club. The Dachshund Breed Council represents the interests of sixteen UK Dachshund Breed Clubs and appoints Health and Welfare Sub-committees to develop policies and coordinate plans for Dachshund breed health improvement. The Lafora disease subcommittee instigated data collection but did not play a role in analysis, decision to publish, preparation of the manuscript or provide financial support other than coordinate fundraising to part subsidizing the cost of genetic testing. None of the authors have personal or financial relationships with other people or organizations that might inappropriately influence or bias the content of the paper. There are no patents, products in development, or marketed products to declare.
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