“Global Strategic Alliances for the Coordination of Research on the Major Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonoses”

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Veterinary experts meet to advance animal health and productivity for African farmers

Veterinary experts meet to advance animal health and productivity for African farmers  21 September 2017 – Animal health experts from Africa and the Middle East met in Abuja, Nigeria on 12-14th September to agree common research priorities for Africa and explore sharing of resources and facilities to maximise the impact of research in advancing the health and productivity of livestock.  Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the largest livestock populations in the world and has the highest density of impoverished livestock farmers. It is estimated that more than 50% of the people in this region live on less than $1 a day, depend on livestock which provides approximately 45% of the total family income. Livestock are an essential asset to rural communities, and the health of livestock [...]

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International Veterinary Vaccinology Network Meeting 2017

The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) Meeting 2017 will take place at the Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya on the 30-31 October 2017. The meeting aims to: bring together UK and low-and-middle income country partners to form collaborations; introduce other networks that IVVN members should be aware of and bring together academic with industrial and other non-academic partners. The meeting will be composed of 4 themes: Vaccines for Zoonotic Diseases, Veterinary Vaccine Production in Africa, Synthetic Biology in Vaccine Development and Livestock Vaccines Here & Now. The programme for the meeting is: Welcome & Introduction Dr Vish Nene (ILRI) & Dr Bryan Charleston (The Pirbright Institute) The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network Dr Tim Connelley (The Roslin Institute) Theme 1: Vaccines for Zoonotic Diseases Chair: Prof Fiona Tomley Unravelling the pathogenesis of visceral [...]

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Veterinary vaccine nanotechnology: pulmonary and nasal delivery in livestock animals. (9/08/2017)

Nanoparticle (NP) technology has been shown to enhance immune activation by producing higher antibody titers and protection. Although specific mechanisms between NPs and biological membranes are still under investigation, physical parameters such as particle size and shape, as well as biological tissue distribution including mucociliary clearance influence the protection and delivery of antigens to the site of action and uptake by target cells. For respiratory delivery, various biomaterials such as mucoadhesive polymers, lipids, and polysaccharides have shown enhanced antibody production or protection in comparison to antigen alone. This review presents promising NPs administered via the nasal or pulmonary routes for veterinary applications specifically focusing on livestock animals including poultry. https://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13346-017-0400-9

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Study reveals dynamic state of bTB epidemiology in Cameroon

Dr Adrian Muwonge and Professor Mark Bronsvoort from The Roslin Institute and colleagues from the UK, Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad conducted the largest molecular epidemiological study of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in a sub-Saharan African country to understand the incidence and diversity of the disease throughout Cameroon. Their findings are published in Scientific Reports. They collected 499 samples from 380 cattle with and without bTB-like lesions at abattoirs in four different cities across Cameroon. Mycobacterium bovis evolves slowly by losing genetic material, producing a highly clonal population. By exploiting this aspect, the scientists were able to use methodology previously developed for human tuberculosis epidemiology to infer how and to what extent the pathogen was transmitted. They discovered that bTB is rather dynamic in Cameroon, but region specific. The disease [...]

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EVENTS

United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) Annual Meeting

121st USAHA & 60th AAVLD (American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians) Annual Meeting – October 12-18, 2017 Town and Country Hotel ~ San Diego, California

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Rabies in the Americas

The Rabies in the Americas (RITA) meeting is an annual event that has been held since 1990. It has been hosted in many countries across the Americas. For many years, RITA has grown in popularity and prominence with delegates now coming from more than 20 countries across five continents. The meeting provides an opportunity for researchers, health professionals, international, national and local managers of rabies programs, wildlife biologists, laboratory personnel and other people interested in advancing knowledge of rabies surveillance, prevention and control, to meet each other, to share their successes and also to discuss the challenges to be met. http://www.rabiesintheamericas.org/home

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GFRA – Global Foot and Mouth Disease Research Alliance

Scientific Meeting, Seoul, South Korea, 25-27 October, 2017 https://www.ars.usda.gov/GFRA/index.htm

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5th Medical & Veterinary Virus Research Symposium

http://mvvr.org/

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International Veterinary Vaccinology Network Meeting 2017

The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) Meeting 2017 will take place at the Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting aims to: bring together United Kingdom (UK) and low-and-middle income country (LMIC) partners to form collaborations; introduce other networks that IVVN members should be aware of and bring together academic with industrial and other non-academic partners. The meeting will be composed of 4 themes: Vaccines for Zoonotic Diseases, Veterinary Vaccine Production in Africa, Synthetic Biology in Vaccine Development and Livestock Vaccines Here & Now. Please contact IVVN@roslin.ed.ac.uk with any queries regarding the meeting. We look forward to seeing you in Nairobi.

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10th International Leptospirosis Society Meeting

www.ils2017.org.nz/home.html

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