Dr. Niels Pedersen PURRsuing FIP and WINNing: FIP Symposium


Dr. Niels Pedersen

Distinguished professor University of California, Davis Dr. Niels Pedersen is responsible for so much of what we have learned regarding infectious disease in cats, including feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

It took Pedersen decades to fully understand FIP, that’s just how complex this once fatal disease is.

FIP occurs when the common otherwise benign corona virus mutates into an immune mediated viral disease called FIP, he explains on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show. This usually happens in kittens. Pedersen says FIP likely occurs in one percent of  kittens around the globe, more likely in places where cats and kittens live in high density.

And now there’s big news!

Taking advantage of anti-viral drugs, Pedersen says, “We took a long-shot.” He explains what that long-shot is, and what now Pedersen believes it’s working. The news is transformational. Pedersen even says the word “cure.” Never before has that word been associated with FIP.

There’s now lots to talk about regarding FIP, aside from Pedersen’s drug work. Experts from around the globe are attending an FIP Symposium.

There are still some available spaces to be there in person, and unlimited space to watch live online. Veterinary professionals can receive continuing education credits.


Pedersen will be the first speaker to begin the event, which includes expert researchers from around the world together for a symposium on feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), PURRsuing FIP and WINNing , at the University California-Davis November 16 and 17, 2019.  The Winn Feline Foundation, the world’s premiere non-profit funder of cat health studies has been supporting studies on FIP since the disease was first discovered decades ago,

Various round-table discussions will include many of the researchers the Winn Feline Foundation Bria Fund has supported over the years. Some are Dr. Katrin Hartmann, Prof., Dr. med. vet., Diplomate ECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine) European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal MedicineLudwig Maximilian University Munich; Dr. Yunjeong Kim, a research assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University and researcher for one of the drugs now used in cats with FIP; Dr. Al Legendre, PhD, original faculty member of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, a charter oncology diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), primary researcher for Polyprenyl immunostimulant; Dr. Gary Whittaker, PhD, professor virology Cornell University; Dr. Kate Hurley, MPVM, director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program; Dr. Emi Barker, University Bristol and many others. A complete list is here.

Susan Gingrich, founder of the Winn Feline Foundation Bria Fund will speak, and panelists also include current and immediate past Winn Feline President Dr. Drew Weigner and Dr. Glenn Olah, and cat breeder/Winn Board President Anthony Hutcherson of The International Cat Association. Past Winn executive director and current Board member Dr. Vicki Thayer will be among those who will lead a panel. Geneticist Dr. Leslie Lyons will lead several panels. Peter Cohen of Zen by Cats will be a panelist.

Peter Castro Jr., co-producer and actor in the award winning film Aeris will attend and introduce a trailer to the film All attendees will receive a copy.

Sponsors for this event are Anivive, Dr. Elsey’s, KindredBio, Royal Canin, The International Cat Association (TICA), The Cat Fanciers’ Association and Zoetis.

REGISTER FOR THE FIP SYMPOSIUM (Either to attend in-person at UC Davis or virtually on your own computer)