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March 14, 2006

The Advanced Renal Therapies Symposium 2006 (“Renal Week”), the nation’s only verterinary nephrology seminar, concluded Thursday, March 9 in New York City at The Animal Medical Center (AMC) with a 30 percent increase in attendance over the first symposium held in 2004.  The not-for-profit AMC, the city’s largest facility for animal care, research, and education, once again served as host for the biannual conference, which began this year on Sunday, March 5.


Conference organizers Dr. Cathy Langston, Head of the Hemodialysis Unit at AMC and Dr. Larry Cowgill, Assoc. Professor and Chair of Faculty, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, brought together 17 guest speakers and experts from around the world to discuss the latest developments in the treatment of renal failure in dogs and cats. 


Registrants totaled 72, including internists, internal medicine residents, criticalists, critical care residents, specialists, general practitioners, students, referring veterinarians, technicians and physicians.  Two presentations were given on the state of the art in human peritoneal dialysis and nocturnal hemodialysis.  Thirty-seven different papers were presented for a total of 28.5 hours of lecture and 6 hours of lab. 

Two speakers presented via videoconference from the UC Davis and the UC Veterinary Medical Center-San Diego. Jane Sykes, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, discussed infection in renal transplant recipients. Margo Karriker, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, outlined pharmacology in renal failure. 

Key topics were arranged in five subject areas:  Introductory, Advanced Non-dialytic Therapies, Extracorporeal Therapies, Peritoneal Dialysis, and Renal Transplantation. 


The Advanced Renal Therapies Symposium 2006 was sponsored by Hill’s Pet Products, Iams Company, and Merial, with support from Gambro and MedComp.


The not-for-profit Animal Medical Center is New York City’s largest facility for animal care, research, and education. For more information:

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