Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Re-writing the book on Chronic Laminitis

     It has been some time since I last posted to this blog and I apologize to my followers. I have been working on my new book "Chronic Laminitis" and my research has taken me to distant shores and far away places in the virtual world of academia. The title of this blog post is Re-writing the book on Chronic Laminitis and that is precisely what I have been tasked with. I recently presented glimpses of my work during a lecture I presented at the University of Paris. In that talk I call for a change in perspective and a shift in paradigm. I suggested that research into the causes of chronic laminitis may be flawed because of the model that researchers subscribe to. The model that I am referring to is that of suspension. For decades research has been done following the premise that the lamellae attachment and subsequent loss of suspension of the distal phalanx was due to this tissue's degradation and that this loss defined the disease.
      Entertaining a new model for the suspension of the distal phalanx is.... A real game changer!
Over the past fifteen years we have proposed that the lamellae in and by themselves are not capable of suspension, this due to the fact that they have little to no elastic potential. It was back in 2002 that we conducted a study to define a hoof model that we have since used for research and teaching at the Institute, ultimately allowing us to literally re-write the book on chronic laminitis.
Adopting a new model for suspension has allowed us to develop studies that have provided evidence to support exploration of new treatments, both pharmacological and practical.
Our latest study, a histological comparison study has opened up new possibilities and shows great promise in helping to change the focus of current research.
If you have not viewed this latest lecture please take the time to do so. It is posted on our Facebook school page
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