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Winn Feline Foundation Symposium, Heart Disease in Cats; Diving into Genes


Winn Feline Foundation 34th Annual Feline Health Symposium to benefit feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy research.

Registration is now open for the 34th Annual Winn Feline Foundation Feline Health Symposium.  “Diving into the Gene Pool”, Thursday, June 28, 2012, 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Boston Marriott Quincy, in Quincy, MA.

The speakers: Leslie Lyons, PhD, University of California, Davis will present `The Next Generation of Feline Genetics’ and John Rush, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, Tufts University will speak on `Feline Cardiomyopathy – More than Genes! New thoughts on Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment.'”

Dr. Lyons will speak on recent genetic sequencing of the cat which has led to development of a powerful new genetic resource, the cat 63K DNA array. Dr. Lyons will present examples of recent successes for identification of mutations causing cat traits and diseases. In addition, discussion will cover a new study design to evaluate more challenging traits, such as FIP resistance and susceptibility, and other complex conditions in the cat. While genetic mutations contribute to many forms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in the cat, these mutations cannot explain all of the manifestations of the disease.

Dr. Rush will describe what science knows about the cause and affects of HCM, and will present information and research relative to implications, and new drugs for treatment of feline cardiomyopathy.

All event proceeds will benefit worldwide medical research on feline HCM via Winn’s Ricky Fund, established in 2002 by me with the specific purpose of raising funds for feline HCM research. I will speak briefly about my piano playing cat Ricky, who the fund is named for. Detailed information and registration options are available on our website.

The registration fee, which includes light snacks with a cash bar, is $25. Reservations are required and due by June 17, 2012.

For more information, contact:
Maureen Walsh, Winn Chief Executive Officer
[email protected]

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