Future research focus at Laminitis conference

The 2013 Future Forward poster session is seeking submissions from delegates to the 2013 International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot.
The 2013 Future Forward poster session is seeking submissions from delegates to the 2013 International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot. © Paige Poss; anatomy image © Effigos

A poster session will be among the highlights of next month’s International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot in Florida, with attendees presenting their own research and case studies for discussion among professionals in the field.

The conference is being held at the Marriott Conference Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, from November 1 to 3.

Speakers at the conference include leading researchers in the field of hoof science and laminitis research.

Known as “Future Forward”, the poster session allows conference attendees to present their own research and is also an incubator for future conference presenters. Indeed, five of the inaugural 2011 Future Forward presenters will be at the podium as either abstract presenters or faculty members in 2013.

Part of the poster session is a defense of the poster with judges from the upper echelon of laminitis or hoof research or others who serve on the faculty of the conference.

This year at the conference there will be 26 lectures and abstracts on equine foot science and hoof biomechanics, and a special half-day program on laminitis for horse owners is also planned.

In all, 60 faculty and abstract presenters from five continents will cover new and emerging aspects of the disease of laminitis and the science of the horse’s foot. A broad scope conference of this depth on the wide-ranging impacts and possible solutions for laminitis has collected leading researchers and private practice professionals prepared to share their latest information and insights on the disease of laminitis and the inner workings of the equine foot.

The 2013 “Future Forward” poster session will be in addition to a scholarship poster session for veterinary students and a special selection of conference program abstracts presented in poster format.

Abstract or summary description forms must be submitted by Friday, October 23. At least one author listed on the poster must be present to hang, take down and defend the poster during the judging session that will take place at an appointed time during the conference. Upon notification of acceptance of the form, entrants will have a week to finish and print their poster and bring it to the conference. Hanging space is limited, so it is possible that not all applications will be accepted.

Examples of some of the familiar topics that might be explored in a poster presentation include case studies and reviews, new product trials, stable management protocols, equine rehabilitation methods, and “how to” procedures.


Poster entry forms and rules are available from laminitisconference.com
For more information on the poster session, contact “practical” program foot science chair Fran Jurga at franjurga@gmail.com
Resources for those not accustomed to preparing posters are available  in the guidelines document, including the coaching/consultation services of a poster expert. 


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