PURRsuing FIP and WINNing: Winn Feline Symposium


Winn Feline Foundation is bringing 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.


“FIP has always been an enigma, and Winn Feline Foundation has over the decades chipped away at better understanding the disease. Over the years, Winn has hosted several symposia focused on FIP” states Steve Dale, Winn board member and education committee co-chair. “This one is special because University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is our host and because of the wide array of knowledgeable participants from around the globe. The room will be a who’s who of FIP researchers, clinicians and experts. A round table format will allow and spur discussion and consensus regarding diagnosis, prevention and treatment – including potential new treatment options.”


Winn is pleased to include the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) as an associate organization who will provide a moderator for the event. In addition, the symposium will be live streamed with proceedings distributed afterward.


“Many of our supporters have experienced loss from this disease firsthand, “says Julie Legred, CVT, Winn’s executive director. “They share heartbreaking stories about their beloved cat companions that have crossed the rainbow bridge. Their stories reinforce Winn’s vision that every cat, every day benefits from Winn funded research.”


The two-day Symposium will consist of round table discussions and a few short presentations. These sessions will provide the latest information about FIP that attendees can take back to their practice. Participants will leave with an enhanced understanding of the best recommendations for treatment and prevention as well as future research.


Winn Feline supports studies for a wide range of cat health issues, and Winn’s support has made it possible for cats to live longer and healthier lives today. “We’ve been determined to find a solution to FIP for a very long time,” says Winn’s President Dr. Drew Weigner. “We’ve finally turned a corner, and now there is so much that is new to discuss.”


Topics will include new treatment protocols and where the drugs for FIP may come from in the future; advice on what to do if a kitten is a diagnosed with FIP as well as misinformation regarding diagnosis and treatment. Experts on shelter medicine and genetics will also participate. Of course, one of the speakers will be Dr. Niels Pedersen, who arguably, has done more to unravel the mysteries surrounded FIP than any other single investigator.


This event would not be possible without the generous support of Anivive, Dr. Elsey’s, KindredBio, Royal Canin, The International Cat Association (TICA), Zoetis and the host of the event, University of California Davis College of Veterinary Medicine.


For more information and/or to register for the event, reserve your spot today .



About Winn Feline Foundation

Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1968 that supports studies to improve cat health. Since 1968, Winn Feline Foundation has funded nearly $7.0 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide. This funding is made possible through the support of dedicated donors and partners. Research supported by Winn Feline Foundation helps veterinarians by providing educational resources that improve treatment of common feline health problems and prevent many diseases. Grants are awarded twice yearly with the help of the foundation’s expert review panel. For further information, go to www.winnfelinefoundation.org.


Planned schedule:

DAY 1 – November 16th, 2019
8:30am – 8:40am      Welcome
8:40am – 9:40am      Overview of the Current State of FIP and What FIP is
9:45am – 11:15am    Round Table Discussion:  Diagnosis of FIP
11:30am – 12:00pm  Veterinary Drug Development
12:00pm – 1:30pm    Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm      Round Table Discussion:  Treatment Options of FIP – Facts or Myths
3:30pm – 5:00pm      Round Table Discussion:  Prevention & Management of FIP

DAY 2 – November 17th, 2019
8:20am – 8:30am      Welcome
8:30am – 10:00am    Round Table Discussion: My Cat Has FIP. Now What?  Is There Hope? Personal
Experiences with FIP
10:15am – 11:45am  Round Table Discussion:  Prevention – Or is that Possible?  Do Genes Matter? Does
Husbandry Matter?
12:00pm – 1:30pm    Round Table Discussion:  Techniques to Limit FIP in a Shelter or Foster Home
Environment.  Prevention Tips for Adopters.
1:30pm – 2:00pm      Q & A and Closing Remarks


Registration Now Open!