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AKC CHF Releases Webinar on Regenerative Medicine Therapy

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 25, 2013) – Today the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is pleased to announce the release of its new webinar, “Regenerative Medicine for Canine Orthopedic Concerns” featuring internationally recognized veterinary orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sherman Canapp. CHF’s webinar series focuses on different aspects of canine health and canine health research, and this new release reflects CHF’s commitment to the health concerns of active dogs.

In this free, 40-minute webinar, Dr. Canapp discusses the recent progress in the use of regenerative medicine to treat orthopedic injuries in dogs and also identifies areas where further research is needed. Designed for both lay and scientific audiences, Dr. Canapp explains the different types of therapy that fall under the category of regenerative medicine, while presenting the stories of three canine clients whose lives were drastically improved through this exciting and innovative treatment.

“Regenerative medicine has extraordinary potential to change the way we treat both acute injury and chronic disease in dogs. Early evidence shows these techniques have real promise in helping canine patients recover from injury. Our job as a foundation is to fund research that will provide owners and veterinarians with solid evidence-based medicine,” said Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer. “We are pleased to partner with Dr. Canapp to share the emerging technology available to dog lovers throughout the world, and we look forward to a long-term research partnership with Dr. Canapp and collaborators to firmly establish best practices with regenerative medicine technology.”

For the two week period following the release of the webinar, CHF will be compiling viewer questions which will be answered by Dr. Canapp and posted to the website.

In 2012, CHF established the Canine Athlete Initiative (CAI) which focuses on the health needs of active dogs. The CAI fund provides grants for cutting-edge research into orthopedic concerns, proper nutrition and conditioning to achieve maximum performance while preventing injury, and innovative rehabilitation techniques. Through the CAI, the foundation also educates the public on the joys of participating in canine athletic events, as well as the value of preventive examinations and optimal nutrition to keep all dogs at the top of their game.

Dr. Canapp completed a combined DVM and Masters of Clinical Science in Surgery at Kansas State University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is certified in Canine Rehabilitation, stem cell therapy and tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy or TPLO surgery. To date, he has performed more than 2000 TPLO procedures to stabilize the stifle joint after ruptures of the cranial cruciate ligament. Dr. Canapp has been named a charter Diplomate in the newly recognized American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR).

CHF HealthE-Barks webinars are released several times each year and feature key opinion leaders in various fields of canine health. To download the free webinar “Regenerative Medicine for Canine Orthopedic Conditions” visit www.akcchf.org/webinars, or to make a donation to support this and other canine health research visit www.akcchf.org/donate.

CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information about the Foundation. Like CHF on Facebook, follow CHF on Twitter @CanineHealthFnd, or connect with CHF on LinkedIn.

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About CHF
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound, scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis, dog clubs, and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $35 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.

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