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DENVER/October 6, 2021 – New ideas are needed more than ever, and through a collaboration with the producers of TEDxMileHigh, Morris Animal Foundation will be sharing new ideas focused on the science of animal health. The first three of 12 free, virtual talks are scheduled for Oct. 13, 20, and 27 and highlight saving shelter cats, protecting dogs from environmental toxins and arthritis in our pets.

Register for each event individually and join us for some amazing talks!

How we saved over 3.4 million shelter cats
Wednesday, October 13, 6-7 p.m. MT
Free + Virtual

Save Your Spot

How environmental toxins impact your dog
Wednesday, October 20, 6-7 p.m. MT
Free + Virtual

Save Your Spot

Why dogs get arthritis and how to prevent it
Wednesday, October 27, 6-7 p.m. MT
Free + Virtual

Save Your Spot

“The strong alignment between the two organizations is what is driving our partnership,” said Carol Borchert, Chief Marketing Officer at Morris Animal Foundation. “Our mission to advance the science of animal health, and TEDxMileHigh’s expertise in spreading big ideas will help bring the work we do to a larger audience and increase awareness and understanding of the challenges facing our animal kin around the world.”

The producers of TEDxMileHigh will be working with each speaker to develop their story and message, as well as provide coaching and training on presentation style. For the speakers, the opportunity will help them share their work in an exciting way with a global audience and expand the impact of their research.

Additional speakers for the first year are:*

  • Josh Stern, University of California, Davis – personalized feline medicine
  • Louisa Shobhini Ponnampalam, MareCet Research Organization  – dolphin communication in the noisy seas
  • Susan Kutz, University of Calgary – saving the muskoxen herds of the Arctic
  • Valerie McKenzie, University of Colorado, Boulder – existential threat to amphibians
  • Gregg Dean, Colorado State University – FIP research informing COVID-19 vaccines
  • Rod Page, Colorado State University – Golden Retriever Lifetime Study
  • Budhan Pukazhenthi, Smithsonian Institute – saving endangered species
  • Lauren Schnabel, North Carolina State University – new ways to treat infections in horses
  • Molly McCue, University of Minnesota – the threat of equine metabolic syndrome

*As of October 2021

When finalized, future times and dates of presentations will be found on both the Morris Animal Foundation and TEDxMileHigh websites.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $142 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at