Wednesday 22nd March 2023, Manchester Central

BVNS Symposium Programme 2023
"Microbiome and the brain"


8:30-9:15 - Registration & Coffee

09:15-9:30 - BVNS President - Welcome & Introduction

09:30-10:30 - Professor Fulvio D'Acquisto, University of Roehampton, London. Honorary Professor of Immunopharmacology, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
“The immunological side of emotions and feelings. What’s s..t got to do with it?”

10:30-11:15 - Dr Karen Scott, Senior Research Fellow, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, UK.“Investigating the role of the gut microbiota in Alzheimer’s Dementia, a case study”

11:15-11:45 - COFFEE BREAK

11:45-12:30 - Professor Stephen Sawcer, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, UK.
“Multiple sclerosis: MUA in humans?”

12:30-13:15 - Professor Nick Jeffery, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, USA.
“Microbiome and MUO”

13:15-14:15 - LUNCH

14:15-15:00 - Professor Holger Volk. Department for Small Animal Diseases, Small Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany.
“Gut microbiome as a natural bioreactor to battle epilepsy”

15:00-16:30 - Clinical Research Abstracts

  • Faye Rawson: GENETIC ANALYSES REVEAL MECR AND ATG4D VARIANTS IN EURASIER DOGS
    WITH A PRESUMED POLIOENCEPHALOPATHY
  • Fien Verdoodt: FAECAL MICROBIAL TRANSPLANTATION IN A CAVALIER KING CHARLES
    SPANIEL WITH DRUG-RESISTANT IDIOPATHIC EPILEPSY
  • Theofanis Liatis: JUGULAR FORAMEN (VERNET’S) SYNDROME IN DOGS: 8 CASES (2016-
    2023)
  • Tomas Elvira: UNUSUAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING FINDINGS IN 6 DOGS WITH
    DEGENERATIVE LUMBOSACRAL STENOSIS
  • Ana Fernandez Cid: VENTRICULOPERITONEAL SHUNT FOR SYRINGOMYELIA AND CHIARI-LIKE
    MALFORAMTION IN A CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL
  • Alice Prodger: EPILEPSY IN BRACHYCEPHALIC DOGS: CAN WE CONSIDER BRACHYCEPHALIC
    BREEDS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE TASK FORCE GUIDELINES?
  • Magdalena Dyrka: CONGENITAL CERVICAL (C2-C3) VERTEBRAL MALFORMATIONS IN
    SIBERIAN HUSKY DOGS.
  • Sergio Sánchez Briones: SEVERE HYPERAESTHETIC EPISODES CAUSED BY A HISTIOCYTIC
    SACRAL VERTEBRAL NEOPLASM IN A CAT.
  • Thomas Heaselgrave: COMBINED SURGICAL APPROACH OF DUROTOMY, EXPANSILE
    DURAPLASTY, SHUNT PLACEMENT AND VERTEBRAL STABILISATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF
    A SUBARACHNOID DIVERTICULUM IN A PUG.

16:30-17:00 - Closing remarks and AGM

Past program of the Symposium


Registration:

Please complete the Registration form and forward it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Please note: This is an In-Person event and not available online

‘Early bird fee’ with payment received BY 1st March)

• BVNS symposium fee + annual membership (payment received by 7th March): £150
• Veterinary student BVNS symposium only fee (payment received by 7th March): £40

We kindly ask to ensure funds are received in our bank by 1st March to qualify for early bird.

Fees with payment received AFTER 1st March)

• BVNS symposium fee + annual membership (payment received AFTER 7th March): £200


Abstract Submission

Abstract Format

Submission guidelines for all abstracts:

Papers, reports or articles containing the work submitted in the abstract must NOT have been submitted or accepted for publication prior to submission of the abstract. Abstracts must NOT have been presented elsewhere prior to presentation at the BVNS meeting.

  • Submit the abstract as an MS Word file (.doc or .docx)
  • Indicate whether ethical approval was obtained for the study
  • Font: Times New Roman, size 12
  • Paragraphs: 1.5 spacing and fully justified
  • Indent each paragraph three spaces
  • The abstract should be a maximum of 500 words
  • The first line should contain the title in capitals; the second line all author(s); the third the institution(s) the author(s) are affiliated with
  • Organise the body of the abstract as follows:
    • A statement of the purpose of the study
    • A statement of the methods used
    • A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions
    • A statement of the conclusions reached
    • Do not use subheadings (e.g. methods, results)

Please e-mail submissions to Paul Freeman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for abstract submission is the 20th February 2023 at 9pm. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the Symposium Proceedings. Authors of accepted abstracts will receive a voucher for free registration to the 2024 BVNS Symposium.