Volunteers sought for study on whether dogs can predict seizures

A new research study being undertaken at Queens University Belfast will examine whether dogs have the ability to predict epileptic seizures and if so how they might do this. The study is part of a PhD study being undertaken by Neil Powell, PhD student, and supervised by Professor Peter Hepper of the Queens University School of Psychology.

The team are currently looking for responses from people with epilepsy, whether you own a dog or not. If you choose to take part, you will be asked a number of questions, to gather information in four main areas:

· some basic demographic information about you and your household

· details regarding your epilepsy

If you own a dog:

· information about your dog

· Information on how your dog responds to you if you have a seizure.

It is not required that you give your name and all responses will be given a code for identification to further anonymise the responses. All information provided will be treated with the utmost confidence. As this is an ongoing project, participants will be asked at the end of the questionnaire if they wish to participate in further studies.

To find out more and to take part in the survey, visit: http://qubpsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6V8CZwWlCz8qfEF

If you have any queries about the study, please contact:

Neil Powell – n.powell01@qub.ac.uk
Prof Peter Hepper - p.hepper@qub.ac.uk