Foundation to Present 6th Biennial National Parent Club Canine Health Conference

The AKC Canine Health Foundation is pleased to announce that the 6th biennial National Parent Club...

The AKC Canine Health Foundation is pleased to announce that the 6th biennial National Parent Club Canine Health Conference will be held October 21 - 23, 2005, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Adams Mark Hotel. Sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and with support from the American Kennel Club, this two-day conference will cover topics ranging from the canine genome sequence to nutrition to cancer prevention and therapies.

The keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, the Co-Director of the Genome Sequence and Analysis Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University. A lead researcher for the sequencing and analysis of the canine genome, Dr. Lindblad-Toh has recently received CHF funding to sequence the genes and develop a test for osteosarcoma in large breed dogs. She is primarily responsible for leading the Genome Center's mammalian genome initiative, spearheading the sequencing and analysis of various organisms, including the mouse and dog genomes.

Sponsors have budgeted for a limited number of attendees. In addition to one representative from each AKC Parent Club, other registrants are restricted to the following groups: CHF Founder level Clubs and Foundations, individual and corporate Founders, Heritage Society members, AKC Delegates Canine Health and Parent Club Committees, CHF Board Members, and AKC Board Members.

"This conference is one of the largest gatherings of scientists and breed club health representatives in the world; it affords an opportunity for parent club representatives not only to learn and take information back to their clubs, but to have an interactive exchange with the foremost scientists on canine health on a one-to-one basis. International breed club representatives are also expected," commented co-chair Robert Kelly.

Says conference co-chair Steve Remspecher of Nestlé Purina, "Purina and CHF have been working together for nearly ten years to make this the highest quality event possible. We are very proud to sponsor this conference and be a part of the team that provides breeders and owners with valuable information about improving the health of their dogs."