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The Place To Be! – AKC/CHF National Parent Club Conference

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162 – September 2019

By Sue Copeland

– WHO –

 AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) put on the Conference, which has been sponsored since 1997 by Purina. The approximately 300 attendees included American Kennel Club (AKC) Parent Club representatives, veterinarians, veterinary students from across the U.S., researchers and speakers, animal-health company representatives, AKC staff, CHF and AKC Board members, and Purina staff.

Diane Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP and CHF Chief Executive Officer, opened the Conference with highlights of CHF’s partnerships with Parent Club organizations, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, the AKC, Elanco Animal Health, and Purina, which have resulted in:

 • Over $44 million for more than 970 grants for innovative research and educational programs for canine health since 1995

• Over $10 million in currently active funding across 23 research program areas to date in 2019

• The highest possible 4-Star Charity Navigator rating

• $1.9 million in Matched Fund challenges in 2017 and 2018

• More than 760 scientific articles by CHF-funded researchers, which have been cited more than 26,000 times by other authors in peer-reviewed journals.

– WHAT –

 The CHF National Parent Club Canine Health Conference (NPCCHC) featured top CHF-funded research and researchers from around the world. There were 18 presentations of research findings over three days, with plenty of time allowed for audience questions, plus interactive expert panel discussions. Topics included: new approaches to diagnosis and therapy of gastrointestinal disorders; effects of probiotics on a dog’s immune system; the gut-brain axis; nutrition, genetics, and heart disease; an update on cannabidiol (CBD) in drug-resistant canine epilepsy; Addison’s disease; steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis; auto-immune disorders; vector-borne infections; leptospirosis; bartonellosis and cancers in dogs; advances in cancer immunotherapy; advances in hemangiosarcoma research; and genetic testing, with a One Health (human/canine research symbiosis) perspective throughout.

Plus, CHF Veterinary Student Intern and Theriogenology Resident research posters were presented by these trainees (who represent the future of canine medicine!)

– WHEN –

 August 9th – 11th


 Hyatt Regency Saint Louis

at the Arch, Saint Louis, Missouri

– Save The Date –

The CHF National Parent Club Canine Health Conference is held every other year. Stay tuned for the 2021 dates.

For more information on CHF, go to

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