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Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group Inc.

ECIR Group Inc. Announces 2017 NO Laminitis! Conference


The US alone has almost 10 million horses.

The most current estimates are that 10% to 15% of horses will suffer from laminitis every year, with 80% to 90% of the cases caused by endocrine disease. That is, on average, 1 million horses per year in the US alone.

While it can be a death sentence if not diagnosed and managed correctly, prevention and rehabilitation can be achieved. Since 1999, the ECIR Group has improved the welfare of equines with metabolic disorder by focusing on prevention and treatment of endocrinopathic laminitis. Helping caregivers learn to recognize the importance of diagnosis, diet, trim, and exercise has seen thousands through the complications of Equine Cushing’s Disease and Insulin Resistance.

Attendees of the 2011, 2013, and 2015 conferences welcomed the latest in research and specific protocols used to improve the welfare of equines in their care. The 2017 NO Laminitis! Conference will continue to build on that mission:

When:         The weekend of October 27 - 29, 2017
Where:        Tucson Hilton East, Tucson, AZ

Speakers:   Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD
                     Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD
                     Jaini Clougher, BSc, BVSc
                     Kathleen Gustafson, PhD
                     Lisa Lancaster, DVM, PhD
                     Lavinia Fiscaletti, BS - Moderator/Senior ECIR Group Member
                     Paige Poss, APF, Anatomy of the Equine, LLC        
                     Carol Layton, BSc, M.Ed, Balanced Equine Nutrition


How Did We Get Here: Historical Review of Diagnosis and Treatment of  PPID and IR
A Tiered-Management Approach to EMS and PPID    
Informed Dietary Decision Making – the Benefit of Forage Analysis
Minerals and Hoof Health
EMS and Inflammation
Endocrinopathic Laminitis: How is it Different?
Acute Care for Endocrinopathic Laminitis    
Multimodal Treatment for Chronic Foot Pain in Horses                                                                                                   

Case Histories Using Multimodal Treatment for Chronic Foot Pain in Horses
Understanding the Anatomy of Foundered Feet
The Courage Not to Know
Understanding Laminitis: How We View “Normal” Function                                                                                            

The Vascular Cushion of the Frog: Avoiding Consequences of Laminitis through an Understanding of Fascia, Microvessels, and Dissipation of Energy
The Coffin Bone: How does Adaptation to Early Changes Impact the Hoof During Laminitis        
Considering the Live Horse: The Impact of Nerves During Laminitis and Rehab    


Attendees:     Any professional or owner who has one or more horses in their care.

Ticket Pricing: $280 Lecture Admission
        $250 Early-bird (registration prior to 09.23.17)
        $100 Guest
        $75 Discount for Veterinary students
        No children under 16 at lectures.

Pricing includes Thursday Night Meet-and-Greet, dinner Friday night and lunch Friday and Saturday.

Attendees of the 2011, 2013, and 2015 conferences welcomed the latest in research and specific protocols used to improve the welfare of equines in their care. The 2017 NO Laminitis! Conference will continue to build on that mission.

About ECIR Group Inc.
Started in 1999, the ECIR Group is the largest field-trial database for PPID and IR in the world and provides the latest research, diagnosis, and treatment information, in addition to dietary recommendations, for horses with these conditions. Even universities do not and cannot compile and follow long term as many in-depth case histories of PPID/IR horses as the ECIR Group.

In 2013 the Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation, was approved as a 501(c)3 public charity. Tax deductible contributions and grants support ongoing research, education, and awareness of Equine Cushing's Disease/PPID and Insulin Resistance.

THE MISSION of the ECIR Group Inc. is to improve the welfare of equines with metabolic disorders via a unique interface between basic research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal. The ECIR Group serves the scientific community, practicing clinicians, and owners by focusing on investigations most likely to quickly, immediately, and significantly benefit the welfare of the horse.