Winn Feline Foundation Announces Annual Symposium Speakers

The Winn Feline Foundation will hold its 28th Annual Symposium for breeders, cat lovers, and veterinarians on June15, 2006 in Reno, Nevada. The Symposium is held in conjunction with the Cat Fanciers’ Association Inc. annual meetingat the Reno Hilton.

President Susan Little, DVM, DABVP said, “Winn is pleased to present two prominent feline scientists who will speakabout their Winn-funded research. This will be an opportunity for cat lovers to learn about the significant discoveriesmade by these researchers.”

Kathryn Meurs, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology), of Washington State University will present “An Update on theGenetics of Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.” Dr. Meurs and her colleagues recently identified the first knowngenetic mutation causing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats. HCM is the most common feline heart disease,found in both pedigreed breeds as well as non-pedigreed cats.

Leslie Lyons, PhD, of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California (Davis CA) will present “ColorGenetics in Cats and DNA Tests.” Dr. Lyons and her colleagues have recently identified genes responsible for a numberof colors and patterns in domestic cats. Their work has led to the availability of several new genetic screening teststo assist breeders in planning their breeding programs.

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The Winn Feline Foundation is the only international charity devoted solely to the advancement of feline health. It hasawarded $3 million in research grants toward the goal of improving, prolonging, and enhancing the lives of all cats.


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