Date : Thursday 18th July 2019
Veterinary Internal Medicine
Update on Canine Chronic Hepatitis
Chronic liver diseases in dogs are a common and challenging group of diseases to diagnose and manage. In this talk, Professor Mellanby will give an overview of the causes of chronic hepatitis in the dog and discuss diagnostic approaches to dogs with suspected liver pathology. He will present data from the miRVET Laboratory at R(D)SVS which recently reported how the measurement of mir-122 can be used to aid the diagnostic assessment of patients with suspected liver disease and is now available as a commercially available assay (https://mirvetlab.com/). He will also discuss recent advances in the management of chronic hepatopathies in dogs including research undertaken at the R(D)SVS which is examining the pathophysiology of hepatic encephalopathy, a complication of liver disease which remains a major cause of morbidity.
Vitamin D: Snake Oil or Wonder Drug – Insights from Veterinary Species
The role of vitamin D in the maintenance of skeletal health has been known for over 100 years. However, studies over the past 3 decades have suggested that vitamin D plays a key role in non-skeletal health and that many people have suboptimal vitamin D status which is compromising their health and well-being. In this talk, Professor Mellanby will discuss some of his group’s recent work which has defined novel vitamin D disorders in veterinary species and explored the role of vitamin D in non-skeletal health outcomes in companion, production and wild animals. His talk will focus on data which examines the relationship between vitamin D status in inflammation, mortality and reproductive health outcomes in veterinary patients, thereby attempting to define the importance of vitamin D in non-skeletal health through a ‘One Medicine, One Health’ approach. He will also discuss how we can more readily ascertain vitamin D status in animals through measurement of vitamin D metabolites in assays which are now commercially available at R(D)SVS.
Professor Richard Mellanby
BSc BVMS PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS
Richard Mellanby graduated from University of Glasgow in 1998 and after two years in small animal practice, he completed a 3 year residency in small animal medicine at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2001, the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 2003 and the ECVIM Diploma in Companion Animal medicine in 2004. He was awarded Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowships to undertake studies into T cell activation and regulation in diabetes for which he was awarded a PhD.
Richard moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2007 and was awarded a second Wellcome Trust fellowship to continue my studies into T cell activation in 2008. He was appointed Head of Small Animal Medicine in 2011 and Head of Veterinary Clinical Research in 2012 at the University of Edinburgh. He has published over 110 peer reviewed publications and run a basic science and clinical research programme which is focused on further understanding how nutrition influences health outcomes and the immune system. He was promoted to Head of Companion Animal Sciences in 2016 and is currently a Reader in Comparative Medicine. He was awarded the Petplan Scientific Achievement Award and elected a Fellow of the RCVS for meritorious contributions to knowledge in 2016.
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