Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory

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Dr. Diane Shelton

  • G. Diane Shelton DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Internal Medicine) is a Professor in the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego and director of the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory. Dr. Shelton is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine , completed an internship at Michigan State University and a residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Read full bio »

About the Laboratory

  • Welcome to the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory located in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. This laboratory, established in 1990, is an international reference center dedicated to the diagnosis and study of spontaneous neuromuscular diseases in companion animals. Specialized testing performed in this laboratory includes evaluation of muscle and peripheral nerve biopsies by state-of-the-art methods, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence staining and immunoblotting for the diagnosis of various muscular dystrophies and other congenital myopathies. Read More »

News and Updates

Due to the holiday schedule and campus building closures, we request that no tissue samples (muscle and nerve biopsies) be submitted between December 19, 2019 and January 1, 2020. Shipment of serum samples can proceed as normal over this period. Shipment of tissue samples can resume on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

12/24/2019 - 12/25/2019
In observation of Christmas, the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th, and Wednesday, December 25th.

12/31/2019 - 01/01/2020
In observation of the New Year holiday, the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory will be closed on Tuesday, December 31st, and Wednesday, January 1st.

Please note that beginning January 1, 2020, the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory will be increasing the price of all tests. The 2020 sample submission form and instruction sheet is now available for download.

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