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13 October 2014

Cats

MSD European endocrinology award goes to British researcher
Paper compares genetics of human and feline acromegaly

Each year, MSD Animal Health awards a prize to the best abstract presented by a researcher under 35 years of age at The European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (ESVE). The award supports attendance of the selected researcher at The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Annual Forum.

The latest recipient is Christopher Scudder from the Royal Veterinary College of The University of London. This, the 13th award, was announced during the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Companion Animal congress in Mainz, Germany.

Scudder’s award-winning oral research abstract titled “The Feline AIP Gene: The Key to Hypersomatotropism Tumorigenesis?” addressed hypersomatotropism and its direct relation to a condition known as acromegaly, the cause of progressive enlargement of the feet and face in cats. Acromegaly also has a significant effect on metabolism and may be present in more than 20% of diabetic cats. This is important because cats suffering from this condition often need excessive amounts of insulin.

Scudder’s research compared whether gene mutations found in human familial acromegaly may also be associated with acromegaly in cats. The study showed that there is a mutation in some cats with acromegaly that has not been recognized in human familial acromegaly and Scudder will soon conduct a larger study for more information on acromegaly in cats.