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Winn Symposium

Winn Feline Foundation
41st Annual Symposium on Feline Health

June 27, 2019, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Turning Stone Resort & Casino
5218 Patrick Road
Verona, NY

Winn's Greatest Hits: Past, Present and Future

Glenn Pic with Vic 23MAY19Glenn Olah, DVM, PhD, DABVP (Feline Practice)

Drew Weigner Drew Weigner, DVM

“A glance at Winn’s past 51 years of accomplishments, present endeavors, and future expectations.”

Winn Feline Foundation has been at the forefront of feline health research for 51 years.  Dr. Weigner and Dr. Olah will take the audience on a tour of Winn’s accomplishments stemming from our financial support of feline health research.  Past milestones, such as taurine-deficiency association with dilatory cardiomyopathy, safety of early altering, in-clinic testing for FeLV, diabetes and diets, to name a few, will be highlighted and put into context regarding the impact made toward betterment of feline health.  Present research support has led to recent major advancements pertaining to better understanding of FIP biology, development of better FIP diagnostics and treatments, and use of stem-cell therapy for treating various feline inflammatory disease conditions.  These two ongoing topics (ie. FIP and stem cell therapy) as well as other recently supported projects will be presented.  Winn’s role in advancing feline health is boundless and we expect to remain a leader in support of future feline heath research.

Preventive Care: A Focus on Kidney Health...The Time is Meow

Kari Mundschenk Kari Mundschenk, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)

Routine preventive care visits offer the best chance to detect and prevent disease as early as possible. During this presentation, we’ll discuss the importance of annual wellness screening and how the IDEXX SDMA test is an essential component to determine kidney health.

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40th Annual Winn Feline Foundation Symposium from Atlanta, GA

The 40th Winn Symposium was held on June 28th, 2018 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
The location is the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia,
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30346

Perplexing Paradigms of Feline Medicine

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Katie Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee

"Exploring new therapies for a common cause of feline infectious diarrhea"

Trichomonosis is a rapidly emerging infectious disease of cats that is caused by the parasite, Tritrichomonas foetus. Unfortunately, despite its high prevalence, very little is understood about how this parasite causes disease and what methods can be used to treat it. In this presentation, Dr. Tolbert will discuss why infectious diarrhea such as that caused by T. foetus is such a concern for catteries and shelters. She will also review her Winn-sponsored research exploring novel therapies to treat T. foetus infection. If time permits, she will also share the results of her Winn-sponsored research investigating therapies for treating gastrointestinal ulceration in cats.

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IMG_1496Melissa Beall, DVM, PhD
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.; Portland, ME

"Feline Leukemia Virus -- past, present, and perpetually perplexing"

Despite its discovery over 50 years ago, the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) continues to challenge our thinking about the nature of the disease and our ability to diagnose the infection.  Testing, vaccination, and segregating progressively infected cats remain effective practices to help control the spread of the disease.  However, we continue to refine our understanding of the different stages of the infection and how this relates to the results of available diagnostic assays.  The complex viral behavior, which sometimes yields confusing test results, gives us a renewed appreciation for those cats who have this retroviral infection and are able to control it and go on to live a nearly normal life. Highlights from studies performed in collaboration with veterinary experts and shelters that successfully rehome infected cats will be presented. Results of this new research are helping to inform improvements in medical decisions and long-term patient care.

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The 39th Winn Symposium from Chicago, IL


IMG950262Dr. Niels C. Pedersen
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of California-Davis

"Current Prospects for Prevention and Treatment of Feline Infectious Peritonitis"

FIP has remained a major problem of cats for over five decades. We now understand where and how the virus that causes FIP mutates from the ubiquitous and otherwise innocuous feline coronavirus (FECV). However, we are only just beginning to untangle the complex virus, host and environmental factors that have the most effect on FIP incidence and how this knowledge can be applied to both disease prevention and cure.

This program was approved by the AASVB RACE to offer 2.0 CE Credits.

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Registration is closed but stay tuned for details on the 2018 Symposium.

Thank you to all who attend our Annual Education events!

2016 Winn Symposium

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.

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Dr.-Dodman-webNicholas 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.

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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
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
 39  2017 • Chicago, IL
Ending FIP - Is There Hope?
Niels C. Pedersen, DVM, PhD
University of California-Davis 
Current Prospects for the Prevention and Treatment of Feline Infectious Peritonitis 
 40  2018 •
Atlanta, GA
Perplexing Paradigms of Feline Medicine
Katie Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; University of Tennessee

Melissa Beall, DVM, PhD
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.; Portland, ME 
Exploring new therapies for a common cause of feline infectious diarrhea.

Feline Leukemia Virus -- past, present and perpetually perplexing