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Exploring Future of Laminitis Care, Prevention at April First Tuesday Lecture

By Hannah Kleckner Hall Published: Mar 19, 2019

Join us at the 2018-2019 First Tuesday Lecture Series![March 25, 2019; Kennett Square, Pennsylvania] – Join Penn Vet’s Dr. Andrew van Eps, Associate Professor of Equine Musculoskeletal Research, as he shares exciting updates on advancements in laminitis management as part of the First Tuesday Lecture series at New Bolton Center.

Laminitis is a crippling foot condition that remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in horses worldwide. 

In a healthy hoof, connecting tissues called lamellae allow the weight of the horse to be transferred from the skeletal elements of the digit to the hoof wall. Laminitis variably affects these tissues - compromising this vital suspensory function and leading to lameness.

Laminitis does not occur on its own – it is a consequence of a wide variety of primary disease processes in the horse.  Most cases fit into 3 broad categories based on the underlying cause - Sepsis-related laminitis, Supporting limb laminitis, and Endocrinopathic laminitis. The van Eps laboratory is focused on identifying the key mechanisms driving these different forms of laminitis in order to develop effective preventative and therapeutic interventions.

In the upcoming talk, “Unravelling Laminitis: What We Know and Where We’re Going,” Dr. van Eps will share insights on the critical role that insulin dysregulation plays in causing laminitis, as well as new developments in diagnosing and treating insulin imbalances to help prevent the development of laminitis.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019* at 6:30 p.m. in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.

Seating is limited. Kindly register prior to the event at https://firsttuesdaynbc.eventbrite.com.

For any questions about the First Tuesday Lecture series, please contact Barbara Belt at 610-925-6500 or beltb@vet.upenn.edu.

*NEW DATE; “Unravelling Laminitis: What We Know and Where We’re Going” was previously scheduled for May 7, 2019.

About the First Tuesday Lecture Series:

The First Tuesday Lectures, free and open to the public, are presented September through December, and March through June. During the series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on equine topics of interest to horse owners and caregivers. Many of the lectures highlight the advanced techniques performed by Penn Vet’s team of leading clinicians, and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.