More than 300 attendees from 29 countries convened in Lexington recently for the 9th International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases (EID IX). The University of Kentucky (UK) Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, a UK Ag Equine program, hosted the conference.

The five-day conference featured plenary sessions covering infectious and parasitic diseases in the areas of respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurologic, reproduction, and diseases of the working horse. Abstract presentations focused on specific disease agents, immunology, and diagnostics. Special sessions focused on emerging and re-emerging diseases, gastrointestinal parasites, and impediments to international horse movement. The conference also featured a practitioner’s day to highlight some of the more significant findings.

"It was 14 years since the last EIDC conference, and needless to say much has happened in the intervening years," said David Horohov, PhD, local organizing committee chair and Jes. E and Clementine M. Schlaikjer Endowed Chair at the Gluck Equine Research Center. "The abstracts and plenary sessions provided updated information on a variety of equine infectious and parasitic diseases and identified gaps in our knowledge that will require additional research."

During the conference Horohov was named international chair of the newly formed Equine Infectious Diseases Committee. The committee was formed to ensure the international conference series continues every four years.

"In order to ensure the continued success of this meeting, we have adopted bylaws and procedures for future EIDC conferences," Horohov said. "As th