ESVNU update for 2016
The ESVNU were very pleased to see great attendance at the recent ESVNU pre-congress day in Gothenburg, Sweden. In total 150 delegates attended the day, generously supported by Idexx and Hills Pet Nutrition. State of the art speakers including key members of the International Renal Interest Group (IRIS) covered a variety of topics including acute kidney injury, effects of NSAIDs on the kidney, an update on the WSAVA renal biopsy scheme, pathogenesis of CKD, the cardio-renal axis and early diagnosis of CKD. These interesting lectures culminated in a panel discussion and debate with plenty of topics raised to keep veterinary nephrology and urology research in business for many years to come! Many thanks go to Dr Rossi Dorsch for her work in making this pre-day conference a success.
ESVNU were excited to have a record number of abstracts submitted for this year’s ECVIM congress and we would encourage all members to continue promoting this opportunity for researchers to present and share their data, paving the way for the future of veterinary nephrology and urology. The winner of the abstract award was Dr Jack Lawson with his presentation entitled ‘Investigation of a cell culture model for the study of renal fibrosis in cats’ with second prize being awarded to Dr K McCallum for her study entitled ‘Detection of morbillivirus and other paramyxoviruses in urine samples from geriatric cats with and without evidence of azotaemic chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United Kingdom (UK)’ http://esvnu.eu/awards. The nephrology and urology stream this year concentrated on the lower urinary tract with enlightening presentations from Dr Jodi Westropp (USA), Dr Heidi Lund (Norway) speaking on feline lower urinary tract disease and Dr Joana Oliveira bringing a comparative human medicine perspective on Interstitial cystitis/Bladder pain syndrome. We were fortunate to also hear Dr Dominique Paepe, the IRIS 2016 award winner, speak on her research relating to the early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease in cats.
In other regards, ESVNU continues to grow and would like to encourage all members of ECVIM community with an interest in Nephrology and Urology to consider joining the group http://esvnu.eu/members. Joining has never been easier with on-line and PayPal payment available. This year at our AGM we said farewell and a great thank you to both Dr Bernhard Gerber (President) and Dr Astrid van Dongen (Treasurer) who have given much of their time to the maintenance of ESVNU in the past years. At the same time we welcomed Dr Rosanne Jepson as incoming president and Dr Hein Meyer as treasurer, wishing them well in these roles. The society is always interested to hear of ESVNU members who are keen to be invovled with the mainteance of our society.
The ESVNU board are working towards another great programme for ECVIM 2017 and very much hope to organise another pre-day given the popularity this year.