Nutrition, Genetics, and Equine Neuroaxonal Dystrophy

Researchers recently identified links between equine neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD), nutrition, and genetics.
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Editor’s note: This article is part of TheHorse.com’s ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held May 30 – June 2 in New Orleans, La.


Researchers are still working to fully understand equine neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD), a relatively common neurologic disorder that is considered the underlying cause of equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (EDM). At a recent veterinary conference, one NAD researcher updated attendees about recently identified links between NAD, nutrition, and genetics.

Carrie J. Finno, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, reviewed disease basics and discussed new findings at the 2012 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held May 30-June 2 in New Orleans, La.

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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