Equine Asthma Workshop

Equine Asthma Workshop: Current Understanding and future directions

May 22-25, 2019 - Custer State Park, South Dakota

Sponsored by the

Sponsored by the Havemeyer Foundation

The effort to clarify the phenotype and terminology used to characterize horses with chronic inflammatory airway disease started in 2000 with a workshop in East Lansing, Michigan. Several workshops were subsequently held with similar goals in mind with the latest hosted in Cabourg, France in 2014. In the last couple of years, the terminology has further evolved with the term Equine Asthma now being recommended to describe horses with chronic respiratory signs ranging in severity from severe to mild that were previously referred to recurrent airway obstruction and inflammatory airway disease, respectively. The goal of the 2019 Equine Asthma Workshop is to attract researchers and clinicians from around the world who are actively investigating airway inflammation. We will discuss the latest contributions to the understanding of asthma in horses and other species. The workshop format will facilitate  productive discussions that will inform potential future revisions of the 2016 ACVIM consensus statement and provide future research directions.

Workshop Schedule

Wednesday May 22nd, 2019

Welcome Schedule
Time Event
6:00 - 9:00 PM Welcome Reception

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - Equine vs. Human Asthma: Definitions and Diagnosis

Morning Sessions
Time Event
8:00 – 8:10 AM Introductory remarks by Gene Pranzo & Laurent Couetil
8:10 – 8:40 AM Clinical and molecular phenotypes of human asthma by Jim Martin
8:40 – 9:10 AM Phenotypes and endotypes of equine asthma: is the 2016 ACVIM consensus statement definition of EA still valid? by Jean-Pierre Lavoie
9:10 – 9:30 AM Summer-pasture RAO phenotype and triggers by Cyprianna Swiderski
9:30 – 9:50 AM Recommended minimum database for diagnosis of EA by equine practitioners in the field vs. criteria used for research? by Melissa Mazan
9:50 – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 – 11:15 AM Research abstracts (10-15 min/abstract)
11:15 – Noon Round table discussion
Noon - 1:00 PM Lunch
Afternoon Sessions
Time Event
1:00 – 1:20 PM Health effects of equine asthma by Laurent Couetil
1:20 – 1:40 PM Tissue remodeling in EA and functional consequences by Michela Bullone
1:40 – 2:00 PM Equine asthma from the UK practitioner’s perspective: Perception and practices by Jackie Cardwell
2:00 – 2:50 PM Research abstracts
Social Events
Time Event
3:30 PM Social Activities followed by Dinner
3:30 PM Departure for the State Game Lodge Resort
4:00 - 6:00 PM Buffalo Jeep Tour
6:00 PM Departure for Custer
6:30 - 9:00 PM Reception at Kleemann's house in downtown Custer

Friday, May 24th, 2019 - Etiology & Pathophysiology of Equine Asthma

Morning Sessions
Time Event
8:00 – 8:20 AM Role of microbiome in equine asthma by Renaud Leguillette
8:20 – 8:40 AM Role of viruses in equine asthma by Nicolas Pusterla
8:40 – 9:00 AM Role of non-infectious exposures in equine asthma by Katy Ivester
9:00 – 9:20 AM Is the neutrophil a key player in equine asthma? by Gabriel Moran
9:20 – 9:40 AM Insights into equine asthma pathophysiology from transcriptomics by Dorothee Bienzle
9:40 – 10:00 AM Genetic risk factors of equine asthma by Vince Gerber
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 10:35 AM The Equine Tissue Bank: an update by Jean-Pierre Lavoie
10:35 – 11:50 AM Research abstracts
10:55 – 11:15 AM Is equine asthma an allergic disease? by Eliane Marti
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM Round table discussion
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
Afternoon Sessions
Time Event
1:30 – 3:30 PM Rotating Round Table Discussion
Social Events
Time Event
4:00 – 6:30 PM visit to Mount Rushmore
7:00 - 9:30 PM Banquet at Sylvan Lake

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 - Reaching a Consensus on Equine Asthma

Morning Sessions
Time Event
8:00 – 08:20 AM Are pertinent biomarkers of equine asthma already available to practitioners/researchers? by Artur Niedźwiedź
8:20 – 08:40 AM How do we standardize immunologic laboratory testing by Eric Richard
8:40 – 10:00 AM Summary of Table discussion topics
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Round table discussion - reach a consensus regarding table topics #1-4 & Future direction for equine asthma research
12:00 PM End of Equine Asthma Workshop

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