Buffington: Yes, every day. I'm currently adviser to the local interstitial cystitis support group. I've talked to two urologists, and
an autonomic neurologist over the last three days about grants we're going to submit to study humans. Some of the study is
based on what we have learned in cats. And we're taking some of what we've learned in people back to cats. The opportunity
to have naturally-occurring disease in two species is telling us things that there is no other way we could have learned.
I find that intensely exciting.
DVM: What projects do you have on the horizon?
Buffington: From a research point of view, we're looking into how changes in gene expression are affecting certain diseases. We are looking
at how changes in brain function are influencing diseases – all from the point of view of what can we do therapeutically.
These studies are being conducted both in humans and cats. We just got funded for some of it. Something we discovered in cats
two or three years ago was that their adrenal cortex does not always function normally. And we've now looked at that in both
men and women with related disorders and found the same thing. How that is going to play out, we're not sure. There is a lot
more coming out of the adrenal cortex than just cortisol, which is what most people think. Some people have tried and failed
to use some of these hormones.
Hormones are like internal nutrients. You can have imbalances between one and another. To me, it has been very interesting
to take a nutritional approach to therapy.