Join the VAF’s Canine Glaucoma Consortium for a Webinar on June 22nd!

This event is free and open to all veterinarians, but registration is required.  To sign up click here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Primary glaucomas are a leading cause of irreversible and incurable vision loss in dogs. Several genetic defects and risk loci have been identified for a few breed-specific forms of canine glaucoma, but much more work is needed. Gaining knowledge about genetic mutations is critical in our battle against canine glaucoma as this will not only allow us to decrease disease prevalence through DNA testing and selective breeding, but it will also aid in early diagnosis and in the development of more effective therapies and potential cures.

In this webinar, Dr. McLellan will review the current status of canine glaucoma genetics, including available genetic testing, and elaborate on ongoing and future research strategies that will benefit from the support of veterinary ophthalmologists.

Dr. McLellan’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. We encourage participants to contribute with questions and ideas.

Gillian J McLellan BVMS, PhD, DVOphthal, DECVO, DACVO, MRCVS is a veterinary clinician-scientist who was awarded her veterinary degree by the University of Glasgow and completed a PhD and residency training in cell biology and comparative ophthalmology at the Royal Veterinary College in the UK.  She is an Associate Professor with tenure in both the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she holds the Tim and Nancy Speaker Chair in Canine Health.  Gill has authored over 50 peer reviewed papers, as well as several book Chapters and has co-authored two textbooks (the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Ophthalmology and Veterinary Ocular Pathology).  She   serves on the editorial boards of the journals Veterinary Ophthalmology and eLife and is current Chair of the Animals in Research Committee of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.  Her main research interests are in comparative glaucoma and diseases of the optic nerve, retina and brain and she has worked extensively with a number of breed clubs, including ongoing studies of the genetics of primary angle closure glaucoma in the Siberian Husky and Entlebucher Mountain dog.  Her work has received funding from diverse sources, including major grants from the National Institutes of Health, BrightFocus Foundation, Fight for Sight, The Marfan Foundation and Research to Prevent Blindness, as well as a current Oak Grant from the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation.