Dr. Freya Mowat's research focuses on the underlying causes and treatment of canine blindness.
Dr. Mowat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina.
She is a member of the NCSU Center for Human Health and the Environment, the NCSU Comparative Medicine Institute, the NCSU Genetics Program in the College of Sciences, the NCSU CVM Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate program and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute.
Tel: (919) 513-6140
Facebook page: @mowatlab
Overview of our research focus
The focus of the Mowat lab's research is to understand the mechanisms underlying retinal diseases of dogs.
Our broad research goals include:
1. Defining the autoimmune basis and hormomal imbalances underlying the neuroendocrine dysfunction in dogs with Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS).
2. Examining the effect of oxidative damage on the canine central retina.
3. Defining the role of isoforms of the mitochondrial regulator peroxisome proliferative activated receptor gamma, coactivator 1-alpha (PPARGC1a or PGC1a) on photoreceptor health in the aging retina.
4. Examining new cases of clinical retinal disease in companion or wild animals for possible genetic involvement.
You can find out more about our projects on our Research page!
If you would like to make a donation to our research, please click here. Please select in the Choose a fund option, the "Retinal Research Fund." Your donation will go directly to making new discoveries.
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