Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Conference Scheduled for August

The Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group (ECIR Group) recently announced plans for the First Annual No Laminitis! Conference to take place on Aug. 5-7, 2011, hosted by Black Horse Consulting in conjunction with DeMario Farms of Chittenango, N.Y.

Laminitis has always been a central theme of the ECIR Group, as it is often the first sign that leads to a diagnosis of equine cushing's disease or insulin resistance and was once considered a death sentence.

Keynote speakers for the No Laminitis conference include Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD, and Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD. Lecture topics will include the diagnosis and treatment of equine cushing's disease and insulin resistance, physiology of the equine foot, trimming the laminitic and foundered hoof, and balanced nutrition.

Kellon is co-owner and moderator of the ECIR Group and principal of Equine Nutritional Solutions of Robesonia, Pa. Kellon is an authority in the field of equine nutrition as well as conditions affecting equine cushing's disease and insulin resistance.

Bowker directs the Equine Hoof Lab at Michigan State University's School of Veterinary Medicine and recently established The Corona Vista Equine Center, in Pleasant Lake, Mich. As a research scientist and educator he has made multiple contributions to understanding the dynamic and functional architecture of the equine foot. Bowker lectures and writes on understanding hoof function and how to improve the health and condition of the equine foot during disease conditions such as laminitis, founder, and navicular syndrome.

The ECIR conference kicks off early the evening of Aug. 5 and continues to Aug. 7. Conference cost is $175.00, which includes Friday night Meet and Greet and Saturday BBQ. Attendees who register by June 30, 2011, will receive a $25.00 conference discount.

Since its inception in 1999, the ECIR Group of volunteers have helped owners to recognize how to prevent endocrinopathic (hormonal/metabolic) related laminitis. With membership coming from around the world, the ECIR Group will exceed 10,000 during the summer of 2011.

Major Benefactors helping to support this event are Auburn Laboratories, HorseTech, Omega Fields,, Triple Crown Nutrition, and Uckele Equine Nutritional Products.

Complete conference details may be found at or through Cindy McGinley, Black Horse Consulting at 315/289-2030.

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