Winn Feline Foundation Announces Symposium Speakers

Annual event is scheduled for June 15 in Reno, Nev.

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The Winn Feline Foundation, which will hold its 28th annual symposium for breeders, cat lovers and veterinarians on June 15 in Reno, Nev., has announced the two speakers for the event.

Kathryn Meurs, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM (Cardiology), of Washington State University will present An Update on the Genetics of Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Meurs and her colleagues recently identified the first known genetic mutation causing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats. HCM is the most common feline heart disease, found in both pedigreed breeds as well as non-pedigreed cats.

Leslie Lyons, Ph.D., of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, will present Color Genetics in Cats and DNA Tests.

Dr. Lyons and her colleagues recently  identified genes responsible for a number of colors and patterns in domestic cats. Their work has led to the availability of several new genetic screening tests to assist breeders in planning their breeding programs.

The symposium is held in conjunction with the Cat Fanciers Association Inc. annual meeting at the Reno Hilton.

Winn is pleased to present two prominent feline scientists who will speak about their Winn-funded research. This will be an opportunity for cat lovers to learn about the significant discoveries made by these researchers, said President Susan Little, DVM, DABVP.

The Winn Feline Foundation is the only international charity devoted solely to the advancement of feline health. It has awarded $3 million in research grants toward the goal of improving, prolonging and enhancing the lives of all cats.

For more details, visit the feline foundations website at

Posted: May 22, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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