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Podgy ponies and corpulent cobs; insights into equine obesity

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The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Easter Bush Campus

Midlothian

EH25 9RG

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'Let's Talk About Health' is all about advancing our knowledge of normal human and animal biology, and what goes wrong in disease.

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Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment of both humans and animals. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks at Edinburgh BioQuarter, or participate in a workshop before talks at Easter Bush. We look forward to seeing you there!

Podgy ponies and corpulent cobs; insights into the growing problem of equine obesity

John Keen and Ruth Morgan, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The statement ‘obesity is a growing problem’ may seem trite, but the World Health Organisation estimates that the prevalence of obesity has trebled in the last 40 years. Obesity now contributes to 2.8 million human deaths per year, from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Obesity also affects domestic animals and, in the UK, almost 59% of dogs, 50% of cats and 40% of horses and ponies (0.5 million) are classified as overweight or obese. The main disease associated with obesity in horses is laminitis, a destructive condition of the horse’s hoof that causes severe pain and debilitation, often resulting in long-term disease and/or euthanasia.

Join us to hear about what horses can teach us about the hormonal problems linked to obesity in humans. Hear how we investigate horses and ponies with obesity, from the stable to the laboratory, as we try to unpick the processes that cause obesity and contribute to laminitis.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.

Lab tours and/or workshops offered to S4-S6 school pupils (first-come-first-served) from 4.30pm -5.25pm.

Refreshments available after event.

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