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Winn Symposium

The 2016 Winn Symposium at your Fingertips!

The 38th Winn Symposium will be held on June 30, 2016 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
The location is the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W Charleston, Las Vegas, NV 89135

"Cat Tales" of Genetics and Behavior

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Lyons-Curl-webLeslie A. Lyons, MS,PhD
Gilbreath-McLorn Endowed Professor of Comparative Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia





Genetics and Precision Medicine: State of the Art Health Care for Cats!
Dr. Lyons will present a review of her work, then lead into a description of “Precision Medicine”, which is now available for humans, and its role in the future of feline medicine. A growing proportion of the general public understands that an individual’s good genetic make-up can be squandered by poor lifestyle and bad habits, the same is true for our cat companions. Gene-specific DNA-based tests for inherited diseases have been available for veterinary health care in cats for over 25 years. Now over 40 genes with nearly 70 DNA variants have been documented to cause phenotypic, disease or blood type variations. More recently, the entire genomes of dozens of cats have been sequenced, rapidly gleaning the genetic information that is controlling health and what an animal looks like. In the coming years, veterinarians will be performing whole genome screens of some kind as a routine component of a disease diagnosis. Whether for tumors or other diseases, the DNA results will routinely direct future therapies.

Dr. Lyons' Bio

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Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, MRCVS, DVA, DACVA, DACVB

Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Feline Compulsive Disorders
Dr. Dodman will provide information on the common presentation of three compulsive behaviors in cats - wool sucking/pica, psychogenic alopecia and feline hyperesthesia syndrome. He will address the cause and treatment of each disorder, including genetic foundations, environmental pressures that trigger them, and environmental and pharmacologic therapies that have been shown to reduce, or in some cases practically eliminate their expression. Outlining a phenotypic study of wool sucking funded by Winn, he will list potential causes and preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the occurrence of this troubling and occasionally lethal condition. Also, he will discuss findings of a Winn-funded study to locate atypical genomic regions in Birman cats affected with this condition.

Dr. Dodman Bio

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In 2015, the Symposium's 37th year

The 37th Annual Symposium on Feline Health was held on July 2, 2015 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"What's New Pussycat?" -- Advances in GI Therapy




Jody L. Gookin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Understanding the probiotic versus pathogenic role of gut bacteria in kittens with diarrhea.

In this presentation, Dr. Gookin will cover her Winn sponsored research into the role of intestinal bacteria, specifically enterococci and pathogenic E. coli, in causing diarrhea and diarrhea-associated death in kittens. Discussion will include the discovery of the role these bacteria play in health and disease in kittens. Collaboration among several organizations has led to a better understanding of the bacteria both through modeling the pathogenic effects of the bacteria in the laboratory and case studies in kittens in foster or shelter care. She will also review the progress research has made in developing tests and treatment approaches for such critical infections.

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Craig B. Webb, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Colorado State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Feline stem cells as a novel treatment for cats with chronic intestinal disease
While the search for solutions to the common problem of chronic diarrhea in cats continues, Winn research is at the forefront of new potential therapies.  Evidence-based treatments of dietary intervention, Vitamin B12 supplementation, and probiotics will be briefly reviewed. Potential beneficial treatment regimens have been identified, as the properties and use of stem cells for various treatments are better understood. One example is fat-derived feline stem cells whose abundant properties appear to make them suited for the treatment of feline chronic intestinal disease or diarrhea. Dr. Webb will highlight how stem cells work and describe a pilot study that supports further study of this type of therapeutic approach.

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This program was approved for two hours of continuing education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval.



The History of Winn’s Annual Symposium

The very first Winn Feline Foundation Symposium was held in New Orleans, LA in 1979. New Orleans was also the site 2014's symposium, the 36th Annual Winn Feline Foundation Symposium, held on June 26, 2014. Every year the symposium is held at a different city and hotel around the United States or Canada.

Over the years, a veritable "Who’s Who" of speakers on feline veterinary medicine have presented at the Symposiums. The dazzling range of topics presented and outstanding speakers who participated in the Winn Annual Symposium over the years is summarized in the following table.

Transcripts of Symposiums from 2011 on can be downloaded from the Winn Podcast page.

NO. Dates and Locations Speakers Topics
1 1979 • New Orleans LA Terri McGinnis, DVM
Fredric W. Scott, DVM, PhD
Niels C. Pedersen, DVM, PhD
To Vet or Not to Vet -When Do Breeders’ Cats Need Professional Veterinary Care Feline Infectious Peritonitis and the Kitten Morality Complex Feline Leukemia Vaccines
2 1980 • Grand Island NY J. F. Alberson, DVM
Richard C. Povey, B.V. SC., PhD, M.R.C.V.S.
Feline Nutrition – Urolithiasis Studies Vaccine Safety and Usage
3 1981 • Las Vegas NV Robert Cello, DVM
Claudia Barton, DVM
The Feline Eye: A Window to the Diagnosis of Systemic Disease
Feline Cancer: A Survey of Current Knowledge
4 1982 • Chicago IL Edward A. Hoover, DVM, PhD
Shirley D. Johnston, DVM, PhD
Feline Virus Infections
Lessons in Feline Reproduction Biology
5 1983 • Atlanta GA Carol Osborne, DVM
Audrey Hayes, DVM
Feline Urologic Syndrome
Preventative Medicine for the Cattery
6 1984 • McAfee NJ Larry P. Tilley, DVM An update and review of Cardiomyopathy
7 1985 • Lake Tahoe NV Richard L. Ott, DVM
Niels C. Pedersen, DVM, PhD
Developments in Feline Leukemia Virus Research
8 1986 • Colorado Springs CO Gary Cockerell, DVM
Theodore Rude, DVM
Immunological Aberrations and Feline Disease
Feline Chlamydiois
9 1987 • Toronto Ont. Canada William Miller, DVM
Donald Lein, DVM
Dermatologic Diseases of the Cat
Normal and Abnormal Reproduction
10 1988 • Tucson, AZ Edward Hoover, DVM, PhD 
Audrey Hayes, DVM
Reuben Merideth, DVM
Susan Randlett, DVM
Veterinary Panel answered questions concerning cat health
11 1989 • Milwaukee WI Bruce Keene, DVM
Karen Moriello, DVM
Douglas DeBoer, DVM
Feline Cardiology
Feline Ringworm
Fungus Infection
12 1990 • Nashville TN Richard Ford, DVM
Al Legendre, DVM
Tests and Cattery Health Management Feline Leukemia Virus: Update on Testing & Vaccine Research
13 1991 • Philadelphia PA Colin E. Harvey, BVSc, FRCVs, Dip. ACVC Dip. AVDC
Urs Giger, PD, DMV
Oral Inflammation Disease
Fading Kitten Syndrome & Blood Type Incompatibility
14 1992 • Seattle WA Claudia A. Kirk, DVM
Richard L. Ott, DVM
Cat Nutrition
Feline Infectious Peritonitis
15 1993 • San Antonio TX Emerson D. Colby, MS, DVM
Douglas J. DeBoer, DVM
Overview of Feline Reproduction
New Thoughts on Management of Dermatophytosis in Catteries
16 1994 • Traverse City MI Robert W. Dunstan, DVM, MS Stephen P. DiBartola, DVM Fibrosarcomas at Vaccination Sites
Kidney Diseases of the Cat
17 1995 • San Diego CA Niels S. Pedersen, DVM, PhD Feline Enteric Coronavirus and Feline Infectious Peritonitis
18 1996 • Chicago IL Thomas J. Lane, DVM
Karen A. Moriello DVM, Dip. ACVD
Reproduction Intervention
Feline Dermatophytosis – Fungal Infection of the Skin
19 1997 • Naples FL Urs Giger, PD, DMV, FVH, Dip.ACVIM
Leslie Lyons, PhD
Feline Hereditary Diseases
Feline Gene Mapping
20 1998 • Philadelphia PA Diane R. Eigner, VMD and Joan Miller Julie Levy, DVM, PhD The Veterinarian and Pedigreed Cat Breeder Relationship
Feline Vaccinology
21 1999 • Sacramento CA Mark D. Kittleson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Amy Glasgow, DVM
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Feline Infectious Diarrhea in Kittens
22 2000 • Albuquerque NM David Biller, VMD
J. E. Bellows, DVM Dipl AVDC
Feline Polycystic Kidney Disease (PDK) Feline Dentistry
23 2001 • Pittsburgh PA Deborah S. Greco, DVM, PhD Feline Diabetes Mellitus: The Carnivore Connection Treatment of Feline Diabetes mellitus with a High Protein Diet and Acarbose
24 2002 • Scottsdale AZ Deborah S. Greco, DVM, PhD
Susan Little, DVM, Dip. ABVP (feline)
Also Meet the Experts: Susan Little, DVM, Dip. ABVP (feline); Heather Lorimer, PhD & Betsy Arnold, DVM
New Topics in Feline Nutrition Raising Healthy Kittens
25 2003 • St. Louis MO Michael R. Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Leslie A. Lyons, PhD
Susan Little, DVM, Dip. ABVP (feline)
Update on Two Feline Parasites: Ehrlichia and Hemobartonella
Genetic Diversity and Inherited Diseases in Cats
Update on the 2nd International Feline Coronavirus/FIP Symposium 2002
26 2004 • Orlando, FL Julie Levy, PhD, DACVIM
Melissa Kennedy, DVM, PhD. DACVM
Greg Keller, DVM, MS, DACVR/Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
New Concepts for Nonsurgical Contraception in the Cat
Update on Feline Coronavirus and FIP Testing How Health Databases Can Benefit the Cat Fancy
27 2005 • Atlantic City, NJ Jerold Bell, DVM
Janet Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD
Breeding Strategies for Managing Genetic Traits
Understanding Upper Respiratory Tract Disease in Animal Shelters
28 2006 • Reno, NV Kathryn Meurs, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Leslie A. Lyons, PhD
An Update on the Genetics of Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Color Genetics in Cats and DNA Tests
29 2007 • Austin, TX David Maggs, BVSc (hons), DACVO, UC-Davis
Steve Dale, Certified Behavior Consultant
Update on Feline Herpes Virus
Kitten Kindergarten
30 2008 • Louisville, KY “Get the Scoop on Poop” Valerie Scorza, MV, MS, PhD Colorado State University
Jody Gookin, DVM, PhD North Carolina State University
Those Frustrating Kitten Diarrheas
Update on Feline Tritrichomonas
31 2009 • Indian Wells, CA Michael R. Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Colorado State University
Jane Brunt, DVM, Executive Director, CATalyst Council
Vaccination and Systemic Disease in Cats
CATalyst: Improving the Status of Cats
32 2010 • Minneapolis, MN “To Pee or Not to Pee” Dr. Meghan Herron, The Ohio State University, DVM, DACVB
Dr. Jody Lulich, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Univ of MN
Feline Elimination Problems: Back to Basics for Prevention 
Management Diagnosis, Treatment, & Prevention of Feline Urinary Stones
33 2011 • Reston, VA “WINNing the FIP Fight” Dr. Al Legendre, DVM, PhD, ACVIM, Univ of Tennessee Dr. Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD, UC Davis Preliminary findings of the Polyprenyl Immunostimulant Treatment of “Dry” Form FIP
An Update on Feline Infectious Peritonitis Research
34 2012 • Quincy, MA Diving Into the Gene Pool Dr. John Rush, ACVIM Cardiology, ACVECC, Tufts University
Dr. Leslie Lyons, PhD, University of California, Davis
Feline Cardiomyopathy –More than Genes!
New Thoughts on Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment The Next Generation of Feline Genetics
35 2013 •Vancouver, WA New Frontiers for Old Diseases Dr. Jessica Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVD
Feline Chronic Kidney Disease: Novel Approaches to Treatment Strategies and Supportive Care
Superficial Fungal Skin Diseases in Cats
36 2014 •New Orleans, LA HCM and FIP: Glimmers of Hope Dr. Philip Fox, DVM, DACVIM, DECVIM
Beth Licitra, Combined DVM/PhD student, Cornell
New perspectives on survival Comparison of healthy cats and ones with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – A Global Study
Pathogenesis of feline coronavirus is linked to mutation of a critical activation site.
 37  2015 • Toronto, ON, Canada
"What's New,
Pussycat?" ~
Advances In GI
Therapy
Jody Gookin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM 
Craig Webb, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Understanding the probiotic versus pathogenic role of gut bacteria in kittens with diarrhea.
Feline stem cells as a novel treatment for chronic intestinal disease.
 38  2016 • Las Vegas, NV
"Cat Tales" of Genetics and Behavior

Leslie A. Lyons, MS, PhD 

Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, MRCVS, DVA, DACVA, DACVB
Genetics and Precision Medicine: State of the Art Health Care for Cats! 
Feline Compulsive Disorders