AKC Health Foundation Hosts Two-Day Conference

St. Louis will be the home of the 2011 National Parent Club Canine Conference.

The 2011 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference is set for Aug. 12-14 starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch in St. Louis.

The event, hosted by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and sponsored by the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, previously was open only to representatives of breed clubs, but this year registration is open to all canine health advocates.

Experts in canine cancer, heart disease, nutrition and the history of veterinary medicine will be on hand. Conference attendees will get dinner and a tour of the new Purina Event Center.

Scheduled speakers include:
• Donald Smith – Cornell University/ History of Veterinary Medicine and Canine Research
• Mark Neff – Van Andel Research Institute/ Today's Complex Genetic Research and the Canine Advantage
• Kathryn Meurs – Washington State University/ Canine Cardiology
• Albert Jergens – Iowa State University/ Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Joan Coates – University of Missouri, Columbia/ Neurology – Degenerative Myelopathy
• Jaime Modiano – University of Minnesota/ Cancer Research Overview and Cellular Pathogenesis
• Matthew Breen – North Carolina State University/ Canine Comparative Cancer Genetics
• Nicola Mason – University of Pennsylvania/ Cancer Biotherapeutics (Immunology)
• Douglas Thamm – Colorado State University/ Clinical Trials
• Rondo Middleton – Nestlé Purina PetCare/ Nutrients and effects During Chemotherapy
• Pfizer Animal Health/ Pharma Industry’s Future Trends in Oncology Drug Development
• Arleigh Reynolds – Nestlé Purina PetCare/ Performance and Immune Enhancing Nutrition/Digestive Health
• Cynthia Otto – University of Pennsylvania/ September 11 – Ten Years Later for the Search and Rescue Dogs

General attendance is $600. Call (888) 682-9696 or email chf@akcchf.org to register by the July 1 deadline.

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