Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Philip Fox, head of cardiology and director of the Caspary Research Institute and Education Outreach at the Animal Medical Center in New York City is this year’s recipient of the AMVA/Winn Feline Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award. Dr. Fox received the award at the NIH Young Scholars Symposium held at Texas A&M in College Station, TX the first weekend of August. He commented, “The National Scholars Student Symposium was very informative, nicely organized, and a lot of fun. I was honored to receive this award for research excellence in feline medicine by the AVMA/WINN Feline Foundation.”
Dr. Fox was the principal Investigator of a multi-year Winn-funded study W09-017, titled “Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM): Five-year outcomes and risk assessment”. His research is the center of a large nine-year international epidemiological study to better understand the risk of HCM in cats. The study included 1,730 cats from 50 veterinary centers in 21 countries.
He was one of Winn’s two speakers at our 2014 annual Winn Symposium in New Orleans. The audio from his presentation is available in Winn Feline’s podcast library and transcripts of the talk are also available on the Winn Feline website.
The results from this large and hugely significant study have been published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (JVIM). Winn has published in the Winn Feline Cat Health News Blog a summaries of the final progress report and Part One and Part Two of the JVIM publication.
with Ricky the cat in the late 1990’s
Purina’s Cat Health fall newsletter will feature an article about feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the Winn Feline Foundation Ricky Fund which funded Dr. Fox and his important study to better understand HCM in cats. Ricky Fund dollars have also made it possible to fund studies which found the gene defect for HCM in Ragdoll and Maine Coon cats, so breeders can now more carefully choose who they breed. While HCM can be breed specific and occur with families of any breed or mix; HCM also spontaneously occurs. It’s a common cause of death in cats