Leading experts on Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) research in equestrian sport will address the FEI Congress on NSAID Usage and Medication in the Equine Athlete in Lausanne, Switzerland this summer. Dr Wayne McIlwraith (USA), Professor Pierre-Louis Toutain (FRA) and Professor Ken Hinchcliffe (AUS) will be part of a high-level panel of speakers at the Congress, which will be held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland on 16/17 August 2010.
Dr. McIlwraith will speak on the effectiveness of NSAIDs in pain control, Professor Toutain on determining effective levels and Professor Hinchcliffe on the effects NSAIDs may have on equine performance.
In order to bring together the various aspects of this important debate, speakers on the non-scientific perspective will also be involved in panel discussions. This will allow for the presentation of important non-scientific aspects, including the legal status in certain countries, and the media and sponsors’ perspective, enabling a full overview of the subject.
Registration for the Congress is now open to representatives from all stakeholder groups, including National Federations, Vets, Officials, Riders Clubs, Organisers, FEI Laboratories, racing and breeding authorities, sponsors, the IOC and the media.
Booking information is available here and there is a discounted rate for early registration. Other speakers will be announced at a later date. A finalised timetable will be published shortly. Please check www.fei.org for updates.
All interested parties are advised to register for the Congress early to book their places and ensure that their voices are heard in this important debate. The vote on the use of NSAIDs in competition will not be taken until the FEI General Assembly in Chinese Taipei, 1-6 November 2010.