A survey of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) members identified laminitis as the number one disease that requires research. Therefore, the Equine Laminitis Research Meeting and Panel will be held in Louisville, Ky., on July 25 in conjunction with the AAEP FOCUS and Practice Management seminars. One of the AAEP’s objectives is to be the “research coordinator” for the equine industry, and the AAEP Foundation is focusing its funding efforts on facilitating discussion and disseminating information on current and future research needs in critical areas.
The mission of the laminitis panel has been set forth as follows: To unravel the mysteries of laminitis to more fully understand the pathophysiology and risk factors involved in this disease in order to develop more effective prevention and treatment strategies.
The goal of bringing together some of the top laminitis researchers from around the world is to share collective knowledge, current studies, and future plans among multidisciplinary equine laminitis researchers, and to help develop a strategic plan to most effectively and economically address important scientific issues regarding this elusive, frustrating, and devastating disease.
Nat White, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, Chairman of the AAEP Foundation and Director of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Virginia, said that just as the AAEP did with the Genome Panel (studying the gene map of the horse), “We will try to get researchers together on different topics to discuss the current status of specific research areas and thereby focus the research, stimulate collaboration, and try to determine the funding needs to attain a real solution.”
The project has been organized by Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, Director of the Equine Health Studies Program at Louisiana State University. This project is being supported jointly by the American Quarter Ho