The 5th DogRisk Seminar (2023)

The 5th DogRisk seminar - Associations between diet and disease - was held 15-16th Septempber 2023.

After four successful events, the DogRisk Evidence Based Raw Food Seminar welcomes you to another 2 days filled with the newest research on dogs’ diets. There is evidence that diet really matters – come and listen to the latest within healthy dog nutrition. We have excellent researchers and lecturers coming sharing their knowledge. This is as interesting for people that care about dogs’ health, disease, or diets.


Friday 15th September 2023

8.00-9.00 Registration and coffee: Lecture hall “Pieni Juhlasali”, University of Helsinki main building

9.00-9.10    Program, welcome - Anna Hielm-Björkman, DVM, PhD, Docent, PI, Leader of the DogRisk research group; Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki (UoH)

9.10-9.40 Vets talk about a disease, we think it’s a symptom – and diet might help! – Anna Hielm-Björkman, UoH

9.40-10.25 Is there an Anti-inflammatory Diet for Pets? – Susan Wynn DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition), Senior Director of Scientific Affairs, Instinct Pet Food, USA

10.25-10.45 Coffee and interaction

10.45-11.45 How the dog’s diet impacts their behavior – Conor Brady, PhD, Animal nutrition, Ireland

11.45-12.15 The speakers panel will discuss and answer questions on this morning’s topics.

12.15-13.15 Lunch (find your own lunch place nearby or BYO)

13.15-14.00 Inactivation of pathogens in raw pet food using High Pressure Processing – Susy Tejayadi, Ph.D., Consultant.

14.00–14.30 Do we find trace element deficiencies or excess of heavy metals when analyzing canine hair and blood samples? – Sarah Rosendahl, PhD student, DogRisk, UoH

14.30-14.50 Coffee and interaction

14.50-15.20 Obesity and mammary cancer: The Dog as a Model for translational research on Humans - Alessandra Estrela-Lima, Ass.Professor (Veterinary Pathology), Research Center on Mammary Oncology, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. (via ZOOM)

15.20-15.40 Mammary cancer and diet metabolomics - Robin Moore, PhD student at DogRisk.

15.40–16.35 The UK Pet Food’s Raw Certification Scheme – the new global standard? – Greg van Praagh, Chairman of the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) and Michael Bellingham, Chief Executive UK Pet food

16.30-17.00 The speakers panel will discuss and answer questions on this afternoon’s topics.

17.30-18.45 Wine and salty in a park, weather permitting, when walking to the buffet

19.00 Dinner for all interested (Not included in the price, registration please!)

Saturday 16th September 2023

8.00-9.00 Registration and coffee: Lecture hall “Pieni Juhlasali”, University of Helsinki main building

9.00-9.10 Program, welcome, etc. – Anna Hielm-Björkman, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH 

9.10-10.05 Food is Not Just Food: Your Dog and Nutrition - Dr Nick Thompson BSc (Hons) Path Sci., BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS.

10.05-10.50 The story of Newton - How diet helped a dog with laryngeal paralysis – Karen Read - BCCS Dip.HthNut, Ireland.

10.50-11.10 Coffee and interaction

11.10-11.40 Diet matters – Puppies’ and dams’ diets associate with adult tartar – Manal Hemida, DVM, Ph.D. (animal nutrition), Post Doc, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH

11.40-12.10 The panel will discuss and answer questions on this morning’s topics

12.10-13.10 Lunch (find your own lunch place nearby or BYO)

13.10-13.55 Platogram – How to use AI in nutrition research? – Jere Vento, Serial entrepreneur, ex-dog parent & Bookworm, Finland.

13.55-14.40 How to start talking about non-highly processed diets with vet or owner, we already have scientific evidence.  Barbara Royal, DVM, Chicago, USA. The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, Co-founder Royal Animal Health University, Adjunct Prof. California State University, CEO of College of Integrated Veterinary Therapies & co-owner of the Animal Diet Formulator.

14.40-15.00 Coffee and interaction

15.00–15.45 Choosing the nutritionally best fresh meat-based foods and recipes for your dog- Via Zoom – Dr. Susan Recker and Steve Brown, Author of the ancestral diet and creator of the ADF, USA. (Via ZOOM)

15.45-16.10 Unleashing the Secrets of Longevity: Lessons from Bobi, the Oldest Living Dog, 31 years old – Cristina Nistor, veterinary student, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden.

16.10-16.40 The panel will discuss and answer questions on this afternoon´s topics

16.40-16.50 Raffle for those present: Chance to win some books, a ticket to next year’s Dogrisk seminar and free memberships for the pet health web-app Pawesomer/TassuApu! Enter the raffle here: 

16.50-17.00 Thank you and see you soon again! – Anna Hielm-Björkman