PURRsuing FIP and WINNing, Email Your FIP Questions!


PURRsuing FIP and WINNing is a unique Symposia in veterinary medicine. Never before has a coalition experts like this come together to discuss a feline disease. And you can participate three different ways:

  • Attend in person (Register HERE)
  • Attend virtually (Register HERE)
  • Ask a question in advance for a panelist or moderator:email FIP@WinnFelineFoundation.org

The Winn Feline Foundation FIP or Feline Infectious Peritonitis Symposium is November 16 and 17 and the University of California, Davis at Gladys Valley Hall. Veterinary professionals receive continuing education credits for attending the event, but all are welcome including cat fanciers and ordinary cat lovers.

The event is happening now because there’s so much to talk about – here are some of the topics:

  • Why there is arguably more FIP occurring now than in the past
  • The role (if there is one) of increased fostering of kittens is associated with  more reports of FIP
  • The efficacy of the drugs, GS-441524 and GC376 and most common adverse effects.
  • The timetable for FDA drug approval, if there is one
  • The likely cost of drugs to treat FIP in the U.S.
  • How GS-441524 and GC376 are being purchased online from China, and their effectiveness. Is it worth the cost to purchase online from China? What is the safety profile of counterfeit drugs from China?
  • Can FIP ever be vaccinated?
  • Can certain types of cat litters lessen the chances of transmission?
  • Are there any other viable treatment options for FIP? Some treatments are touted. Do any of these truly work?
  • What can cat breeders do to lessen the odds or even avoid FIP?
  • Does FIP continue to be misdiagnosed? If so, how can veterinary processionals do a better job?
  • Say your cat is diagnosed with FIP? What are your best first steps to take?
  • What is the latest thinking regarding a possible genetic predisposition? If so, is this a genetic issue based on breed, a family genetic issue or potentially both?

Dr. Niels Pedersen

Dr. Niels Pedersen, from the University of California at Davis, who literally authored what is likely the first book on infectious disease in cats, and has studied FIP longer than anyone, will kick off the event on November 16. Also, drug development will be presented Dr. Dave Bruyette, chief medical officer Anivive Lifesciences.

On November 17, Susan Gingrich, who launched the Bria Fund in 2005 with the Winn Feline Foundation – and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, will speak. Aly Miller, an actor and producer in the award-winning short feature Aeris will talk about the movie featuring her kitty with FIP (and all attending in-person will receive a copy of Aeris).

Instead of individual speakers, the event will include lively panel discussions. Among those participating in those discussions from around the globe are: Dr. Emi Barker Dr. Gregg Dean Dr. Katrin Hartmann, Dr. Yungeong Kim Dr. Al Legendre Dr. Brian Murphy, Dr. Gary Whittaker, Dt. Glenn Olah, Peter Cohen, Deb Roberts, Dr. Gregg Dean, Anthony Hutcherson, Dr. Heather Kennedy Dr. Kate Hurley Katie Ingram and Dr. Barbie Laderman-Jones. This is a who’s who of the FIP world. Moderators include feline geneticist Dr. Leslie Lyons, feline veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, former Winn Feline executive director and board member Dr. Vicki Thayer, and Winn Feline Board President Dr. Drew Weigner. I will be the emcee they Symposium with Winn Feline Executive Director Julie Legred.

Here is why FIP is personal to me.

Dr. Olah, immediate past president of the Winn Feline Foundation, describes what FIP is. And he explains that its always been considered fatal – ’till now.

Dr. Pedersen discusses the latest, including drugs he’s found to help cats HERE.

Dr. Drew Weigner, president of Winn Feline Foundation, discusses the Symposium, PurrSuing FIP and Winning, HERE.