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Saturday 26th June 2021 
15:30- 16:00 GMT+1 Purina Institute: Human allergy to cats – Essential information for veterinarians Andy Sparks
16:00- 16:30 GMT+1 Purina Pro Plan: How to help cats hydration in health & disease Jessica Quimby
On-demand: Available from 12:00 GMT+1 Purina Institute: Keep the cat, change the care pathway  “a transformational approach to managing Fel d 1, the major cat allergen” Ebenezer Satyaraj
On-demand: Available from 12:00 GMT+1 Purina Institute: Testimonials on managing cats’ allergens
On-demand: Available from 12:00 GMT+1 Purina Pro Plan: Practical uses of probiotics in cats Silke Salavati

Dr Andrew H Sparkes 

After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College (London), Andrew spent four years in general practice before undertaking a feline residency followed by a PhD at the University of Bristol.  Andrew was subsequently appointed to a lectureship and senior lectureship in feline medicine at Bristol University which was followed by a move to the Animal Health Trust where he became Head of Small Animal Studies. In 2012, Andrew was appointed as the Veterinary Director of International Cat Care and its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), and from 2019 Andrew became an independent consultant.  Andrew has spoken and published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a diplomate of the ECVIM and is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery – the official journal of the ISFM and the AAFP.

Jessica M. Quimby

Dr. Quimby received her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a small animal rotating internship in Sacramento, CA. She subsequently spent two years in feline practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving on to Colorado State University for a combined small animal internal medicine residency and PhD program. She completed a PhD focusing on feline CKD in 2012 and was faculty at Colorado State until 2017. Dr. Quimby is now a faculty member at the Ohio State University. Her research continues to focus on chronic kidney disease in cats. Current research areas include the study of renal aging, telomere length and cellular senescence, novel treatment strategies and evidence-based supportive care strategies. She has an interest in clinical trials and feline clinical pharmacology which is aimed at improving supportive care and quality of life in cats with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Quimby has received the International Renal Interest Society Award and the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award for her contributions to nephrology and feline medicine.

Ebenezer Satyaraj

Dr. Satyaraj earned his PhD in Immunology from the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India and completed a Fellowship in Molecular Immunology at the University of Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Satyaraj subsequently accepted an Instructor’s position at the Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, where he taught Immunology and conducted research in the area of autoimmunity.  In 2001 he joined Molecular Staging Inc. New Haven, Connecticut, a biotech company started with technology from Yale, working in the area of cytokines and disease biomarkers, where he lead research collaborations with universities and  industry resulting in two seminal publications: predictive biomarkers for cerebral palsy & biomarkers for inflammatory bowel diseases.  Dr. Satyaraj joined Nestle Purina in 2003, as part of the Nestlé Research Center in St Louis, MO, establishing a nutritional immunology research program, helping launch several products globally, including ProPlan Optistart Puppy & Kitten. He implemented models for evaluating nutritional impact on the immune system and pioneered the development of the first multiplex assay panels capable of measuring canine & feline cytokines.  He currently serves as Director of Molecular Nutrition at Nestlé Research Center in St Louis, MO. Dr. Satyaraj has authored numerous scientific papers in the areas of cellular / molecular immunology and cytokine biology, including a recent publication in the journal Science that explains size variations in dogs and a book chapter describing the interplay of nutrition & immune system in infectious diseases. Dr. Satyaraj is a member of the American Association of Immunologist and the American Veterinary Immunology Association, is a reviewer for several journals including British Journal of Nutrition, Arthritis & Rheumatism.  Dr. Satyaraj is a Fellow of the Academy of Science, St Louis, MO.

Silke Salavati

Silke Salavati graduated from the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen (Germany), where she subsequently completed her first doctoral thesis ( in canine gastroenterology. She did a rotating internship and a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the same university. Apart from being a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, she has also been actively involved with the ECVIM in different roles (e.g. exam and education committee member; ESCG president). She was awarded a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College, London, investigating clinical and immunological effects of a single-strain probiotic in canine IBD. She is currently a Senior lecturer for Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Sciences in Edinburgh.

She continues to have a great interest in canine and feline gastroenterology, and has over 30 publications around these topics, as well as written several book chapters in relevant textbooks. She has presented her work a numerous conferences throughout the years and held a large number of CPD events in various countries. She is equally passionate about teaching and mentoring future veterinarians and small animal specialists, and holds a post-graduate certificate in academic practice (PGAP) as well as a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).