The third 2-day DogRisk seminar at the University of Helsinki, Finland the 6-7th Sept. 2019is now here!

Evidence based unprocessed or raw feeding for dogs, cats and humans Associations between diet and disease

After the last two year’s successful events, the DogRisk

Evidence Based Raw Food Seminar will again be held in Helsinki!
Helsinki is a beautiful place to be in and getting here is not hard

either. So, once again, we welcome you to another 2 days filled with
the newest research. There is evidence that humans can help both their
pets, and themselves, by eating and
drinking better.

Also this time we have excellent researchers and lecturers
(see the program below) sharing their knowledge. This should be as
interesting for all people feeding their dogs or eating themselves:
students, faculty or practitioners of nutrition, clinical

nutrition, human or veterinary medicine, pet owners, parents,
nurses…The DogRisk research group at the Department of Equine and small
Animal Medicine, Veterinary Sciences at the University of Helsinki,
welcomes you all to join!


Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, 2019.


The University of Helsinki main building is under renovation so we had to move out to Poliisien kesämaja, Länsiulapanniemi 6, Lauttasaari, Helsinki 00200. A wonderful house near the beach but inside Helsinki.

For whom?

Veterinary and human health practitioners and nutritionists, nurses,
students, dog and cat owners. Anybody with an interest in
multidisciplinary research on the relationships between diet and
disease, in humans and pets.

Language: English.

Registration is open at:

In English:

In Finnish:

Please, only one name per registration, with name, e-mail, telephone etc. and which day/days each of you will participate. If you want to register several, please fill in as many registrations as persons attending as all have different names, titles, dietary info etc.

Cost: If you are not faculty or a HY
student: The University is hopelessly slow so you will probably not get
your invoice before the seminar, but after. This is not our fault and we
invite you to come anyway and then just pay after the seminar, when you
get the invoice. Sorry for the inconvenience. Our seminar fee pays for
the lecturer, the lecture hall, the lunch, the coffees we never
make a profit. But in case we someday would, all extra revenues would go
to sponsoring the nutrition research done by the DogRisk research group
at the University of Helsinki. The fee does not cover TRAVELING,

The organized drinks and dinner on Friday we try to get partly sponsored, and charge you only 30 €. Please enter this in the registration form when you register through the links above – it is not full!

For more info: Please contact Anna Hielm-Björkman,Tel:-358-(0)44-3270462; or

The program (below) may still be up to small changes).


Friday 6th September 2019:

8.00-9.00 Registration: Poliisien kesäkoti, Länsiulapanniemi 6,

00200, Lauttasaari, Helsinki

9.00-9.15 Welcome - Anna Hielm-Björkman, DVM,
PhD, Docent, PI, Leader of the DogRisk and WiseNose research groups;
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki (UoH)

9.15-10.00 The Processing of raw and dry dog foods Conor Brady, BSc. PhD. Anim. Behav. Ireland.

10.00-10.45 The relationship between the processing of diets and risk for chronic disease in humans – results from the large NutriNet-Sante´ data – Dr Bernard Srour, PharmD, MPH PhD Fellow. From EREN, CRESS at Universite´de Paris, France

10.45-11.15 Coffee and interaction

11.15-12.00 Is there a relationship between fatty acid intake and cancer? – Dr Bernard Srour, PharmD, MPH PhD Fellow. From EREN, CRESS at Universite´de Paris, France

12.00-12.45 How raw diets and different fats affect the risk of epilepsy in dogs – Anna Hielm-Björkman, Docent, DVM PhD, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.45–14.15 What’s new with raw pet foods? - Greg Van Praagh, Vice-Chairman of Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA)

and Michael Bellingham, Chief Executive PFMA

14.15-15.00 Why raw - the emerging science of raw
Susan G. Wynn, DVM, DACVN, Tailored Veterinary Nutrition, BluePearl
Veterinary Specialists, Assistant Professor Affiliate, Auburn
University, Director of Scientific Affairs Nature’s Variety, Inc. Saint
Louis, MO

15.00-15.30 Coffee and interaction

15.30–16.30 Where is the evidence: How high fat and the high carb diets affect muscles, blood vessels, brain and inner organs – Dr. Olli Sovijärvi, M.D., CEO of Biohacker Center, head author of Biohacker’s Handbook, Medical Director of HealthDx

16.30-17.00 Small walk around the area, mölkky (a garden game) or just digesting all the new info!

17.00-18.00 Wine and talk: Mingling with the lecturers. 18.00 Dinner for all interested (registration please!) will be organized at the same site.


Saturday 7th September:8.30-9.00 Registration: Poliisien kesäkoti, Länsiulapanniemi 6, 00200, Lauttasaari, Helsinki

9.00-9.15 Program, welcome, etc.- Anna Hielm-Björkman, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH

9.15-10.00 Plant versus animal-derived fibre sources and their effect on the feline faecal microbiome - Christina Butowski, PhD student (animal nutrition), Massey University, New Zealand.

10.00-10.45 Protein in dog foods – how much and processed or not? - Conor Brady, BSc. PhD. (anim.behav.) Ireland.

10.45-11.15 Coffee and interaction

11.15-12.00 Nutritional epidemiology: What environmental and nutritional factors at the period around birth associate with a lower risk of canine atopy? – Manal Hemida, DVM, Ph.D. (animal nutrition), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH

12.00-12.45 What too much processed carbs do to us - and our

- Ann Fernholm, PhD (molecular biology), science writer.


13.45-14.30 The association between diet, the mother’s disease history, environmental factors, and risk of hip dysplasia in dogs – Siru Salin, PhD Student (animal nurition), Faculty of VeterinaryMedicine, UoH.

14.30-15.00 What nutritional deficiencies or diseases can you analyze from a dog’s hair sample? – Sarah Rosendahl, DVM, PhD student, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH

15.00-15.30 Coffee and interaction

15.30–16.15 How do you calculate a balanced
diet for dogs? –Johanna
Anturaniemi, PhD (animal nutrition), DVM student, dog nutrition clinic
Facultyof Veterinary Medicine, UoH, private feeding
consultant, Finland

16.15–16.30 Thank You and good bye…


Cancellation free till 1st of September, after that no refund.

For more info: Please contact Anna Hielm-Björkman,

Docent, DVM, CVA, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dep. of Clinical
Veterinary Sciences, Surgery, P.O.Box 57, 00014, University of Helsinki
(UoH), FINLAND ; Tel:-358-(0)44-3270462;