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SEVeN 2021 Conference

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education
From: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This conference offers 6 hours of continuing education credit and will feature cutting-edge abstract presentations, as well as state of the art lectures.

Registration for this event is closed. Please contact Cheryl Kennedy at cheryls@uga.edu with any questions.

Event Information

Registration Fee : $45.00


UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
501 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602
United States


Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-1451
Email: cheryls@uga.edu

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
8:00 am8:30 am
Check In & Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Purina

8:30 am8:40 am
Simon Platt
8:40 am9:30 am
3D printing in veterinary neurosurgery
Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, DACVIM
9:30 am10:20 am
Neuroprotective and Regenerative Stem Cell Therapies in a Translational Ischemic Stroke Pig Model
Franklin Delano West, PhD
10:20 am10:50 am
Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Sophysa

10:50 am12:30 pm
Abstract Presentations

Single Oral Dose Pharmacokinetics Of Brivaracetam In Healthy Cats: A Pilot Study – Tom Jukier
Laminotomy of the Axis for Surgical Access and Treatment of Dorsal Compressive Atlantoaxial Band – Alexandra Danel

Review of Current Techniques for Diagnosing, Medically and Surgically Treating Degenerative Lumbosacral Stenosis – Stef Lim

Acute Subdural Hematoma Secondary to Pheochromocytoma in a Dog – J Du

An In Vivo Stereotaxic Diffusion Tensor Imaging White Matter Atlas of the Canine Brain – Fiona Inglis

12:30 pm1:30 pm

Sponsored by PRN Pharmacal

1:30 pm2:20 pm
Canine Trial: Combination immunotherapies for brain tumors
Melissa R. Chambers, DVM, MD
2:20 pm3:20 pm
Abstract Presentations

Innovations in Veterinary Intracranial Surgery: Developments Within the CANINE Glioma Project – Christine Owen

Determination of Activated T-cell mRNA IL-2 Expression and Its Comparison to Whole Blood Cyclosporine Levels – Michaela Beasle

Cranial Thoracic Spondylomyelopathy in Two Felines – Sonja Richter

Congenital malformations in a tetraplegic puppy – Roman Torres

Trigeminal neuropathy associated with listeriosis in a cat – Danielle Daw

3:20 pm3:45 pm
Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Sophysa

3:45 pm5:00 pm
Abstract Presentations

Development of spinal locomotion in a Goldendoodle diagnosed with severe kyphoscoliosis and absent pelvic limb nociception – Nina Wei

Clinical Efficacy of Levetiracetam in the Prevention of Seizures Following Myelography – Jonathon Daniel

Comparing Prazosin and Tamsulosin as Treatment for Urinary Retention in Non-ambulatory Dogs with T3-L3 Myelopathy – Emily Sun

Effects of total plasma exchange in 3 acquired myasthenia gravis dogs – Laura Downey Koos

Use of an FDA approved Cannabidiol Antiseizure Medication in a Patient with Pharmacoresistant epilepsy – Tom Jukier

6:30 pm
Social & Dinner

Dinner and social to be held at:  DePalma’s Italian Cafe, 401 E. Broad St., Athens, GA

Dinner sponsored by Hallmarq

Social sponsored by Sonocure


  • Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, DACVIM

    Dr. Fred Wininger, an ACVIM (Neuro) Diplomate, began his veterinary career researching neurology and developing treatments of neurodegenerative diseases that affect both young dogs and children. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Wininger joined the faculty at the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of neurology/neurosurgery and a member of the Comparative Neurology Program. While at the University of Missouri, he developed one of the first hybrid private practice/academic residency training programs.

    Training future vets remains one of his top priorities. However, Dr. Wininger says, “After years devoted to research and training others in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, I chose to transition my career to work more closely with pets and people. I’ve always been passionate about improving lives. Being a vet enables me to see a dog or cat all the way through a diagnosis to treatment to living as happy and healthy a life as possible.”

  • Franklin Delano West, PhD

    Dr. Franklin West is a world leading expert in stem cell biology with a focus in stem cell reprogramming and stem cell therapies for neural injury and diseases including stroke and traumatic brain injury. He was named one of the nation’s top scholars under 40 by Georgia Trends and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazines and has been featured on NPR, CNN and FOX News. Dr. West received a bachelor of science in biology from Morehouse College and a doctorate in stem cell biology from the University of Georgia, where he now holds position as an Associate Professor. Dr. West was a MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) U-Star Research Fellow and a David and Lucille Packard Research Fellow at Morehouse College. Dr. West sits on the University of Georgia Research Foundation and steering committee of UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center. He also serves as a regular reviewer for granting agencies including the National Institutes of Health. He has published numerous book chapters and scientific articles in international scientific peer-reviewed journals including Cell, Stem Cells and Scientific Reports. Dr. West has produced the first live chimeric pigs from induced pluripotent stem cells, has developed novel stem cell to germ cell culture systems and a first-of-its-kind U.S. swine stroke model that has major implications on the treatment of human stroke patients.

  • Melissa R. Chambers, DVM, MD

    Dr. Chambers earned her bachelor’s and doctor of veterinary medicine degrees from Auburn University and her medical degree from UAB. She completed the Halsted Surgical Internship at Johns Hopkins University and Neurosurgical Residency at Vanderbilt University. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

    Chambers’ clinical interests include all areas of neurological surgery involving brain, spine and peripheral nerve with an emphasis on surgical, stereotactic and computer-assisted treatment of brain tumors. Her academic interests include brain tumor therapies, vertebral fractures associated with osteoporosis, and degenerative spinal conditions. She is the principal investigator in two pending spinal instrumentation trials at UAB. With her veterinary background, she is involved in brain tumor therapy collaborations between Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and UAB School of Medicine, where she teaches neurosurgical residents and medical and nursing students. She is a strong proponent of the One Health Initiative, an effort to improve animal and public health worldwide and strengthen medicine by working together.


Additional Information

Full refunds are available for cancellations made by 5:00 p.m., 10 days prior to the beginning of your event. If a course is cancelled for any reason, the CVM will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.

COVID-19: The health and wellbeing of all students and community members remains our top priority. We will continue to monitor and adhere to all safety and social distancing guidelines provided by university and state health officials. Programs and events will only be conducted if deemed safe to do so by officials. We will continue to communicate any program changes or cancellations due to COVID-19. (Updated August 9, 2021)

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