International Symposium on Syringomyelia

October 2007, Rugby, England

During this four day international symposium on human SM, a special meeting was set up with syringomyelia experts to discuss SM in canines, most specifically, in cavaliers. Several of the leading researchers were there to speak and participate in a panel discussion with questions from the public.

You can listen to Dr Clare Rusbridge's opening talk, a basic introduction to CM/SM in cavaliers, here.

An audio CD of all five talks will be available shortly with all proceeds going to the genome research project based a the University of Montreal under Dr Guy Rouleau.

Below is the general information for the day's event.

Veterinary Satellite Meeting

For breeders, dog owners, veterinary surgeons & nurses
1700 – 2100hs Friday 26th October 2007

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the historic town of
Rugby, to join a meeting of specialists in syringomyelia, at an
international Symposium arranged by the Ann Conroy Trust, in association
with the University of Birmingham, the Society of British Neurological
Surgeons, the Spine Society of Europe and the Kennel Club.

Syringomyelia is one of the most common spinal cord disorders of toy
breed dogs and has been reported in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,
King Charles Spaniel, Griffon Bruxellois, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese
Terrier, Chihuahua, Miniature Dachshund, Miniature &Toy Poodle, Bichon
Frise, Pug, Shih Tzu, Pomeranian, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Boston
Terrier, Pekingese, Miniature Pinscher, and French Bulldog. The most
common clinical signs are pain, scratching at the neck and shoulders and
walking difficulty.


Canine syringomyelia
Dr. Clare Rusbridge, Stone Lion Veterinary Centre

Human chiari malformation and syringomyelia
Mr. Graham Flint, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

The search for the gene(s) predisposing to chiari I malformation with
Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director, Center for the Study of Brain Diseases,
University of Montreal

Breeding for health in pedigree dogs: optimisation of breeding
strategies to reduce inherited disease
Dr Sarah Blott, Animal Health Trust – sponsored by Hills

Experiences in surgery for canine syringomyelia
Dr. Dominic Marino, Long Island Veterinary Specialists – sponsored by

Syringomyelia Question Time – Ask the Experts
Chaired by Dr. Bruce Fogle and sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health

Venue: Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire