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First 2017 WSAVA award winner announced

Published: 6/8/2017

Pioneering Work on Heart Disease Earns Swedish Veterinarian the 2017 WSAVA Award for Scientific Achievement.

We are proud to announce that Professor Jens Häggström, Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, is the recipient of the 2017 WSAVA Award for Scientific Achievement in recognition of his research to understand and treat heart disease in dogs and cats.

Professor Häggström’s studies have led to significant advances in the treatment of many types of heart disease. His research into myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) in dogs confirmed its status as an inherited condition and led to the development of breeding program aimed at reducing the prevalence of the disease in affected breeds, including Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. He also played a key role in an EU-funded project, LUPA, aimed at unravelling the genetic background to disease in dogs.

Professor Gad Baneth, Chair of the WSAVA’s Scientific Advisory Committee, says: “Professor Häggström has made outstanding contributions to the understanding and treatment of veterinary heart diseases and influenced both the science and practice of veterinary cardiology worldwide.”

Professor Häggström says: “I am most grateful for this recognition of the work that I have carried out with my colleagues for more than 20 years to help to improve the health of dogs and cats. I am deeply honoured to receive this WSAVA Award and I dedicate it to my colleagues and family.”

The Award will be presented to Professor Häggström during WSAVA World Congress in Copenhagen in September.

Professor Häggström will give one of a series of Award Winner Lectures during World Congress. His lecture is entitled: ‘Does it really matter?'