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Winn Symposium

Now in its 36th year

The 36th Annual Symposium on Feline Health was held on June 26, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans, La.

"FIP and HCM: Glimmers of Hope"




Beth Licitra, Combined DVM/PhD Student
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Pathogenesis of Feline Coronavirus Linked to Mutation of a Critical Viral Activation Site
Research in the Whittaker Laboratory focuses on investigations into the initial steps of virus infection. This includes binding of the virus to its host receptor, activation of viral attachment proteins by host proteases, and fusion of viral and host cell membranes. The laboratory also works on human and avian influenza viruses as well as coronaviruses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). This talk summarized their findings on the correlation between mutations in the FCoV spike protein and the development of FIP, and highlighted current work on the role of host cell proteases in the progression of this fatal disease. Their research has uncovered a molecular basis for FIP that has potential to lead to developments in diagnostics, prevention and treatment.

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Philip R. Fox, DVM, MS, DACVIM/ECVIM (Cardiology), DACVECC
Animal Medical Center, New York, NY

New Perspectives on Survival: Comparison of Healthy Cats and Cats With HCM — A Global Study
This international collaborative study has identified risk factors for heart failure and survival in normal healthy cats and cats with HCM, and discusses the impact on feline health of heart disease, renal failure and cancer. This multinational study involved some 60 investigators across 20 countries. Dr. Fox’s presentation reviewed the current relevant knowledge of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with special focus on clinically relevant findings. It also discussed new data that, for the first time, clarified incidence of morbidities and mortality in cats with HCM including CHF and ATE, as well as in normal cats. Clinical risk factors for heart disease and cardiac death were also included.

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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 of this year’s symposium, the 36th Annual Winn Feline Foundation Symposium, held on June 26, 2014.

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.

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 and 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 A. 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, Dip, ACVIM 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, ACVIM 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, University of California at 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 Professor, Small Animal Medicine, 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 and 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 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.