10th Equine Infectious Diseases Conference Scheduled

The 10th International Equine Infectious Diseases Conference (IEIDC X) will convene April 4-8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Several faculty and graduate students from the University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center and UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will present research at the conference.

The Gluck Center serves as the conference’s international headquarters. David Horohov, PhD, chair of the Department of Veterinary Science at UK, director of the Gluck Center, and Jes E. and Clementine M. Schlaikjer Endowed Chair, serves as the conference’s international chair. Gluck Center faculty members Martin Nielsen, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVL, Dipl. EVPC, assistant professor at the Gluck Center, and Peter Timoney, MVB, MS, PhD, FRCVS, Frederick Van Lennep Chair in equine veterinary medicine at the Gluck Center, are part of the international committee that oversees the scientific program. Horohov, Nielsen, and Timoney will all serve as moderators of sessions throughout the conference. Jenny Evans, MFA, interim executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation and marketing/promotion specialist senior at the Gluck Center, serves as the international coordinator.

The conference kicks off with a Practitioners’ Day and is followed by a second Practitioners’ Day session and the beginning of the “full conference” with the first day of oral abstract presentations. Two-hundred and nineteen abstracts were received from 34 countries. Oral and poster presentations will focus on these 10 topics: biosecurity, diagnostics, emerging and re-emerging diseases, gastrointestinal, neurologic, other system diseases, parasitology, reproduction, respiratory, and working equids. A special session on the international movement of horses, chaired by Timoney, is also part of the schedule.

University of Kentucky faculty presenting on Practitioners’ Day 1 and 2 include:

  • Charles Issel, DVM, PhD, Wright-Markey Chair in equine infectious diseases at the Gluck Center, “Equine infectious anemia: management and control with accurate diagnostics”
  • Alan Loynachan, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, veterinary anatomic pathologist at the UKVDL, “When bugs go bad: bacteria association reproductive pathology” and “Placentitis: a pathologist’s perspective”
  • Nielsen, “Anthelmintic resistance—the need for diagnostic surveillance”
  • John Timoney, MVB, DSc, PhD, professor at the Gluck Center, “Leptospirosis: diagnosis and control”
  • Peter Timoney, “Viruses and their role in compromising reproductive performance in equines”

Oral abstract presentations from UK include:

  • Jennifer Bellaw Smith, BS, PhD candidate at the Gluck Center, “Evaluation of Baermann apparatus sedimentation time on recovery of third stage Cyathostominae, Strongylus vulgaris, and S. Endentatus larvae from equine coprocultures” and “Objective evaluation of two deworming regimens in young Thoroughbreds using average daily gain, body condition score, and parasitological parameters”
  • Craig Carter, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, director of the UKVDL, “Diagnostic epidemiology of nocardioform placentitis and abortion in Kentucky, 1991-2005”
  • Fernanda Cesar, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, PhD candidate at the Gluck Center, “Variation of anti-Rhodococcus equi VapA specific IgGs among eleven different lots of one commercially available R. equi specific hyperimmune plasma product”
  • Thomas Chambers, PhD, professor of veterinary virology at the Gluck Center, “Equine Herpesvirus-1 interferes with Type-1 IFN-mediated immune responses in vitro in equine endothelial cells”
  • Nielsen, “Visualizing ascarid worm burdens in foals by transabdominal ultrasonography”
  • Jessica Scare, BS, PhD candidate at the Gluck Center, “Combination deworming—a solution or exacerbation?” and “Comparison of a smartphone-based automated parasite egg count system to the McMaster and mini-FLOTAC methods”
  • John Timoney, “Interaction of Streptococcus equi with equine tonsillar complex”
  • Peter Timoney, “Contagious equine metritis: Efficacy of U.S. post-entry testing protocols for identifying carrier stallions and mares”
  • Sridhar Velineni, PhD, a research scientist II at the Gluck Center, “Influence of serum antibody on occurrence of Streptococcus zooepidemicus in the nasopharynx of weanling foals” and “Dual antigen ELISA to differentiate infection from vaccine antibody responses to Leptospira spp”

The series of meetings began in 1966 in Stresa, Italy. Previous meeting sites included Paris, France (1969 and 1972); Lyon, France (1976); Lexington, Kentuckty (1987); Cambridge, United Kingdom (1991); Tokyo, Japan (1994); United Arab Emirates (1998); and Lexington, Kentucky (2012). An international committee was formed in 2012 to assist in the planning of future conferences and to ensure the conference reconvenes every four years.

For more information about IEIDC X, including a link to the proceedings for the conference, visit internationaleidc.com.

Jenny Evans, MFA, is the interim executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation and marketing/promotion specialist senior at the Gluck Equine Research Center.

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