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Keynote Speakers

Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ECVN, MRCVS
RCVS Recognized Specialist of Veterinary Neurology

Professor of Neurology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia         

Education and Employment:

Dr. Simon Platt received his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1992, following which he undertook an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and a 2 year period in private practice in the England. Dr. Platt completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery in 1998 at the University of Florida and afterwards spent 2 years as an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Georgia. In 2000, Dr. Platt returned to the UK where he was Head of the Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Health Trust until 2006, from which time he has been at the Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia where is currently a Professor.  Dr. Platt received the AAVC National resident of the year award in 1998, the BSAVA Blaine award for outstanding contributions to small animal medicine and surgery in 2005, the UGA Clinical Research Award in 2010 and the David Tyler Award for Innovative Teaching in 2012. Dr. Platt has authored or co-authored over 180 journal articles and 50 book chapters and is the co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology and the Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies. Dr. Platt is Past-President of the ACVIM Neurology Specialty and Founder member of the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology (SEVEN) group in the USA. Currently, Simon serves as Editor in Chief of the NAVC journal Today’s Veterinary Practice.

Peter J. Dickinson BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

Professor of Neurology/Neurosurgery, UC Davis Veterinary University School

Education and Employment:

Peter Dickinson graduated from Liverpool University Veterinary School in 1989. Following 1 year in mixed general practice he completed a 2 year surgery/anesthesia  internship at Glasgow University Veterinary School. He received his PhD in developmental neuroscience in 1995, also at Glasgow University, before completing a Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at the University of California, Davisin 2000. He is currently Professor of Neurology/Neurosurgery at UC Davis Veterinary School and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine (Neurology). His clinical and research interest has been in the field of neurooncology and he is director of the Petersen Foundation Brain Tumor Laboratory.

Troels Wesenberg Kjær, MD, PhD, Chief Physician

Professor at the Department Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen 

Education and Employment:

Troels Wesenberg Kjær, MD, PhD, Board certified Clinical Neurologist Neurophysiology graduated from University of Copenhagen as an MD in 1992. From 1992-1994 he worked as a post doc at NIH, USA, where after he obtained a PhD degree from University of Copenhagen in 1996. Troels is presently Chief Physician in charge of clinical neurophysiology and Head of research at Department of Neurology, Zealand University Hospital and furthermore Professor, Dept of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen and Medical consultant DGM for the national board of health.

Troels is nationally and internationally highly recognized for his research and numerous popular presentations on brain issues in national TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.

Poul Hyttel, DVM, PhD, Dr. Med. Vet. Sci.

Professor of Anatomy, University of Copenhagen 

Education and Employment:

Prof. Poul Hyttel graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in 1979, received his PhD degree in 1982 and defended his Doctor of Veterinary Science degree on bovine fertilization in 1988. Since 1990, he has been the Professor of Anatomy, and in 2015 he became director of the Stem Cell Center of Excellence in Neurology, BrainStem. The Center focuses on derivation of human patient-specific neural in vitro cell models for neurodegenerative disorders by the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). In 2016, a parallel and comparative project on canine cognitive dysfunction was launched with the aim of establishing iPSC-derived neural in vitro cell models in the dog. 


Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK

Education and Employment: 

Holger is the Head of Department of the Clinical Science and Services at the Royal Veterinary College, Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Past-President of the European College of Veterinary Neurology. He graduated from the Veterinary School of Hanover in 2001, where he also did his PhD in Neuropharmacology studying basic mechanisms of drug-resistant epilepsy. He then completed his specialist clinical education doing an internship and a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the RVC. Holger is internationally known for his work in the field of Chiari-like malformation/syringomyelia and epilepsy. Holger has been chairing the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force, which published recently seven consensus statements for canine and feline epilepsy and was a co-chair of the recent published ACVIM consensus statement about medical treatment of epilepsy. He has been a recipient of several Jim Bee educator excellent in teaching awards, the prestigious Bourgelat Award from BSAVA and the International Canine Health Award from the Kennel Club. He has published multiple books and book chapters, >180 articles, >120 conference abstracts, and is a frequent flyer on the international conference circuit.