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January 26 Free + Virtual Event

What we know about Coronavirus in cats

As COVID-19 spread around the globe in March 2020, we had to learn a whole new language: Social Distancing, Superspreader, Asymptomatic Carrier. Huh? Many of us were taken by surprise, but many veterinarians were NOT. Veterinary research on coronaviruses in cats helped us anticipate what might happen in humans. In this fascinating talk, Dr. Gregg Dean shares his research on FCoV (Feline Coronavirus) and FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) in cats and compares it to what we know about COVID-19 in humans.

This event is presented in collaboration with Morris Animal Foundation.

Wednesday, January 26  /  6:00 – 7:00PM MST  /  Free + Virtual

ABOUT OUR HOST 

Dr. Gregg Dean is a professor and head of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology at Colorado State University. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, doctoral and bachelor’s degrees from CSU. He and his team are focused on the development of a probiotic vaccine platform utilizing the organism Lactobacillus acidophilus. Specific applications for this platform include vaccines against human rotavirus, feline coronavirus and SARS-CoV-2. Dean and his team study the host mucosal immune response and immune mechanisms of multiple adjuvant strategies. Active areas of research also include studying the relationship between the host microbiome and mucosal immunity and the impact of oral vaccination on the intestinal microbiome. Studying the immunopathogenesis of viral infections is an overarching emphasis.

February 2 Free + Virtual Event

Why is it so hard to treat infectious arthritis in horses?

Arthritis can severely affect quality of life and performance for horses – especially when your horse is a highly trained professional athlete competing in equestrian sports like dressage, show jumping, eventing, western performance, racing, or polo. In this surprising talk, Dr. Lauren Schnabel takes you behind-the-scenes to share her research on why horses get arthritis, how it differs from what we see in people, why it’s so hard to cure, and what we can do differently.

This event is presented in collaboration with Morris Animal Foundation.

Wednesday, February 2  /  6:00 – 7:00PM MST  /  Free + Virtual

ABOUT OUR HOST 

Dr. Lauren Schnabel is an Associate Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also an Associate Director of the Comparative Medicine Institute at NCSU. Dr. Schnabel completed her DVM, Large Animal Surgery Residency, and PhD at Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Fortier and Dr. Douglas Antczak. She is board certified in both the American College of Veterinary Surgery and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Lauren’s research focuses on stem cell immunology, use of biologic therapies to treat musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, and advancing equine rehabilitation protocols. In February of 2019, Dr. Schnabel was named an NC State University Faculty Scholar; and in April of 2020, received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence. Dr. Schnabel also is a Morris Animal Foundation-funded researcher.

February 9 Free + Virtual Event

Your cat's DNA could help vets choose better medicine

If you’ve ever taken a DNA test (like 23andMe), you’re more likely to be aware that your genes may impact your long-term health. Are you predisposed to Type 2 diabetes, kidney stones or Parkinson’s disease? Are you more likely to suffer from sleep apnea or acne? Does your pee smell after you eat asparagus? (If you know, you know). But did you know your genes also can have an impact on how well your body responds to medication? In this intriguing talk, Dr. Joshua A. Stern shares his research from the growing field of personalized medicine and how we might create drugs or prescribe drugs based on an individual pet’s genes.

This event is presented in collaboration with Morris Animal Foundation.

Wednesday, Feburary 9 /  6:00 – 7:00PM MST  /  Free + Virtual

ABOUT OUR HOST 

Dr. Joshua Stern obtained his DVM from The Ohio State University and went on to specialize in veterinary cardiology obtaining his cardiology diplomate status from North Carolina State University. His passion for research and cardiovascular disease led him to complete a PhD at Washington State University in cardiac genetics where he worked to identify mutations that cause inherited heart disease in dogs and cats. Dr. Stern is currently the Associate Dean for the Veterinary Medical Center at UC Davis where he has worked for 9 years leading their medical and interventional cardiology program, developing a translational cardiology and genetics laboratory and training clinician-scientists of the future. Dr. Stern studies inherited heart disease in companion animals and is working to develop novel therapies for common heart muscle disorders. His work in veterinary clinical trials has led to discoveries that explain why some patients respond differently to commonly prescribed heart medications.