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    If not for the pandemic, we would have held the 5th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) by now. But we’re watching global developments with cautious optimism that we’ll soon be in a position to determine a date/location/format for the next IDHW. In the meantime, we are developing online events to keep important collaborations going,

    Based on recent discussions with key stakeholders v1 virtual IDHW logo-01.pngin canine genetic testing, three topics have been identified as being important to current conversations: Standardizing Genetic Reports, Validation, and Genetic Diversity.

    Specific challenges have been identified for each of these topics, and IPFD is planning a series of short online workshops taking each challenge in turn to agree on goals and outcomes, and - as a community - to undertake post-workshops actions to implement necessary actions. 

     

     


     

    Workshop #1 (Online) - Tuesday, 28 September 2021

    Theme: Standardizing Genetic TestingGenetics.png

     

    Workshop Overview:

    Target Audience:
    Genetic test providers, breed-health advisors, kennel clubs, and researchers developing new genetic tests
     

    From Information and Collaboration to Action!

    The aim of the workshop is to discuss and share relevant information around these challenges, and others, relevant to standardizing genetic reports. By doing so, we can identify outcomes and agree actions towards improving genetic reports, ultimately to the benefit of dog health and welfare.   

    Within the topic of Standardizing Genetic Reports, four challenges for discussion have been identified as being key to improving genetic reports:

    • Nomenclature: challenges and working towards standardization
    • Reporting what is being tested – mutations, variants, linkage, etc.
    • Tests for risk and susceptibility – clarity for breeders/health advisors
    • Genetic test application and advice

    For each challenge, we have a speaker who has kindly agreed to provide their experience and expertise in a pre-workshop presentation. They will also participate in the session on 28 September.

    Presenters:
    Confirmed presenters include Dr. Cathryn Mellersh (University of Cambridge), Dr. Jonas Donner (Wisdom Panel), Dr. Joanna Ilska (The Kennel Club), Dr. Danika Bannasch (University of California, Davis), Dr. Adam Boyko (Embark), and Aimée Llewellyn-Zaidi (IPFD). Additional speakers may be added. View their bios here.

     

    Our speakers provided brief presentations on their topics (below) prior to the webinar. We are sharing them here for the benefit of those who were unable to participate. Aimée Llewellyn-Zaidi has also provided a summary of these presentations in PDF format: IDHWV Presentation 28 Sept 2021.pdf

     

     

    Dr. Danika Bannasch
    Professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis

     

     

    Dr. Jonas Donner
    Wisdom Panel

     

     

    Dr. Joanna Ilska
    Genetics Research Manager at The Kennel Club (UK).  

     

     

    Dr. Cathryn Mellersh
    University of Cambridge

     

     

    Aimée Llewellyn-Zaidi
    IPFD HGTD Project Manager, USA

     


     

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    We plan to share a more detailed report on the workshop in the near future, but in the meantime, we invite you to read IPFD contributor (and workshop participant) Ian Seath's recap of the workshop in his “Best of Health" article for October 2021.

     

     

     

     

    This Workshop was offered free to all participants, but we ask you to please consider making a donation to the IPFD Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) and help us improve standardization of, and access to, robust genetic testing to support health improvements and a sustainable future for healthy dogs.

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    ★ Credit card or direct payments handled via PayPal.★

     

     


     

     

    Workshop #2 (Online) - To Be Confirmed

    Theme: Validation

     

     


     

     

    Workshop #3 (Online) - To Be Confirmed

    Theme: Genetic Diversity

     


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