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24th August 2007, 11:16 AM
NB: Questions are closed and the conference has taken place. I will get info up from the Q&A session as soon as I have some time to do so!

Please note anyone with questions on SM and cavaliers that they wish the panel to address can send the questions to me or to representatives for pet owner questions and breeder questions. Contact info added below in additional posts.

This is a really top notch lineup and the SM Q&A will be chaired by Dr Bruce Fogle, widely known author on dogs and TV presenter. :)

Press release from the UK kennel Club:

Veterinary Satellite Meeting

For breeders, dog owners, veterinary surgeons & nurses

1700 – 2100hs Friday 26th October 2007

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the historic town of
Rugby, to join a meeting of specialists in syringomyelia, at an
international Symposium arranged by the Ann Conroy Trust, in association
with the University of Birmingham, the Society of British Neurological
Surgeons, the Spine Society of Europe and the Kennel Club.

Syringomyelia is one of the most common spinal cord disorders of toy
breed dogs and has been reported in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,
King Charles Spaniel, Griffon Bruxellois, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese
Terrier, Chihuahua, Miniature Dachshund, Miniature &Toy Poodle, Bichon
Frise, Pug, Shih Tzu, Pomeranian, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Boston
Terrier, Pekingese, Miniature Pinscher, and French Bulldog. The most
common clinical signs are pain, scratching at the neck and shoulders and
walking difficulty.


Canine syringomyelia
Dr. Clare Rusbridge, Stone Lion Veterinary Centre

Human chiari malformation and syringomyelia
Mr. Graham Flint, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

The search for the gene(s) predisposing to chiari I malformation with
Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director, Center for the Study of Brain Diseases,
University of Montreal

Breeding for health in pedigree dogs: optimisation of breeding
strategies to reduce inherited disease
Dr Sarah Blott, Animal Health Trust – sponsored by Hills

Experiences in surgery for canine syringomyelia
Dr. Dominic Marino, Long Island Veterinary Specialists – sponsored by

Syringomyelia Question Time – Ask the Experts
Chaired by Dr. Bruce Fogle and sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health

Venue: Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire

Registration fee

Veterinary Satellite meeting only - £45 (exclusive of buffet supper) £59
(inclusive of buffet supper)

General meeting Syringomyelia 2007 Friday 26th Oct - £150 (inclusive
full lecture programme, veterinary satellite meeting, lunch, buffet
supper and refreshments)

For registration and more detailed information go to
www.syringomyelia2007.org or contact

Administration and Delegate Coordinator – Barbara Masters

Email: admin@syringomyelia2007.org

Tel +44(0)1788 537676 Fax +44 (0) 1788 569996

10th September 2007, 11:02 PM
Here are the contacts for the pet owner questions. You can send them directly to either Carol or Sandy. Message from Carol crossposted with permission. I also have the breeder contacts too and will post those.

Hi All

Just a reminder that if any of you have a question which you would
like us to put to the panel of experts at the Symposium, please send
them to Sandy Smith or Carol Fowler.

We've been asked to collate and prioritise them prior to the
Symposium, so please don't leave it until the last minute.

The panel of experts are: Dr Clare Rusbridge, Dr Dominic Marino
(veterinary neurologists), Graham Flint (human neurologist), Dr Guy
Rouleau (geneticist), Dr Sarah Blott (canine geneticist, breeding

We will do our very best to include them and relay the answers back
to you.

Contact us through Yahoo email or:


Feel free to cross post this message to any other relevant group or

Carol (and Rosie)

10th September 2007, 11:39 PM
Breeder questions, from breeders anywhere in the world, can go to Sue Robinson or Veronica Hull.

Sue's email address is : sue.robinson0@talk21.com

7th October 2007, 08:40 PM
Dear Karlin, thank you so much for your kindness in giving us all this wonderful opportunity to pose our concerns and queries. It will be of immense help to me as I have a number of concerns before purchasing a new puppy.

5th November 2007, 01:25 AM
Karlin, thanks for providing this. It's very useful to me.