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5th IDHW Plenary - Speakers, Theme Leaders, Contributing Experts

    Below is a listing of 5th IDHW Speakers, Theme Leaders, Contributing Experts, Facilitators - By Theme*


    ***Last updated 14 February 2024 - Subject to Change***


    Theme #1: Supply and Demand – Every Dog Counts

    Theme Leader: Bill Lambert

    Keynote Speaker/Resource Expert: Jo Gale, BVetMed CertLAS MRCVS, Director of External Comms & Science Advocacy, Global Petcare Corporate Affairs, Mars Petcare, UK

    Speaker: Paula Boyden, BVetMed MRCVS, Veterinary Director, Dogs Trust, UK

    Speaker: Peter Sandøe, Professor, Centre for Companion Animal Welfare, Denmark

    Speaker: Peter Friedrich, President, VDH (German Kennel Club); Member, Standards Commission of the FCI, Member, IPFD Board, Germany



    Theme #2: Breeding for Health and Wellbeing

    Theme Leader/Speaker: Kirsi Sainio, PhD, Chair of the scientific committee and member of the Board, Finnish Kennel Club; Member of the Board IPFD, Finland

    Speaker: Enid Stiles, BSc DVM MSc, North American Councellor for the World Veterinary Association, Past President, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Canada

    Speaker: Dan O’Neill, Associate Professor in Companion Animal Epidemiology, Royal Veterinary College, U. of London, UK

    Speaker: Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, IPFD 



    Theme #3: Big Data

    Theme Leader/Speaker: Kari Ekenstedt, PhD, DVM, Associate Professor in Anatomy and Genetics, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, USA

    Speaker: Annika Forsberg, Agria Insurance, Sweden

    Speaker: Jonas Donner, Senior Scientist, Canine Genetics at Wisdom Panel, Finland

    Speaker: Dan O’Neill, Associate Professor in Companion Animal Epidemiology, Royal Veterinary College, U. of London, UK

    Speaker: Joanna Ilska, Genetics Research Manager, The Royal Kennel Club, UK



    Theme #4: Does the colour matter? Defining Breed vs Variety

    Theme Leader/Speaker: Heidi Parker, associate Investigator, Comparative Genetics Section of the Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch, Human Genome Research Institute of NIH, USA

    Speaker: Alison Skipper, Postdoctoral Researcher in Canine Health Research, VetCompass Animal Surveillance, Royal Veterinary College

    Speaker: Sofia Malm, PhD, geneticist, Swedish Kennel Club, Sweden

    Speaker: Helena Skarp, Head of Dept. of Breeding and Health, Swedish Kennel Club, Sweden 

    Speaker: Paula Horne, Chair, Barbet Finland




    *Speakers and experts subject to additions and changes. Facilitators and Note Takers to be confirmed.



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