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We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Wednesday, May 16 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Endocrine laminitis

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Recent research has stratified the causes of laminitis in horses into 3 main categories: a. (Systemic) Inflammatory caused by systemic diseases accompanied by clinical indicators of endotoxemia (systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS), including enterocolitis, pleuropneumonia, retained fetal membranes or grain overload; b. Weight bearing laminitis and; c. Endocrinopathic laminitis, associated with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) or Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS). Common to both these conditions are disturbed glucose and insulin regulation and, most importantly, the development of insulin dysregulation which in the horse is manifest as hyperinsulinaemia. Endocrinopathic laminitis has been shown to be the most common cause of laminitis presenting primarily as lameness from laminitis rather than secondary to presenting for acute severe illness and hospitalisation. The aims of this presentation are to: 1. Outline what we know about the relationship between insulin and laminitis, including what we have learned from field studies and the experimental model of hyperinsulinaemia developed in Australia. 2. Discuss what we have learned from the histology of endocrinopathic laminitis. 3. Outline how the above has led to new hypotheses as to how endocrinopathic laminitis occurs. 4. Discuss the clinical implications of this knowledge.

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Cathy McGowan

University of Liverpool
Cathy is Professor of Equine Internal Medicine, Head of Department, Equine Clinical Science at The University of Liverpool, Institute of Veterinary Science.Graduating from the University of Sydney (1991) she has aPhD in equine exercise physiology, RCVS and European Diplomas and recognised... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Mezzanine M1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre