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

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GFRA Newsletter issue 5

GFRA Newsletter May 2016

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IRC Launch

Launch of the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium (IRC) on Animal Health

Animal diseases can cause serious social, economic and environmental damage, impact on animal welfare and in some cases directly threaten human health. These diseases ignore borders. Livestock provides one third of human protein intake so working together to develop new control methods for the disease problems that are common to countries around the world is essential to protect food security and the livestock industries. Sixteen organisations from twelve countries have so far committed to jointly invest around EUR 2 billion in the next five years through a new international research consortium on animal health. A launch event took place on 27 January in Brussels. An exciting initiative to coordinate animal health research globally was launched in Brussels in January with talks from Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for [...]

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GFRA Newsletter June 2015

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New UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network

BBSRC has funded a new multidisciplinary network of veterinary vaccinology experts to help in the fight against animal diseases, some of which have the potential to spread to humans. The UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network will draw together major UK research players to enhance the uptake of new technologies in order to design, develop and deliver safe and effective next-generation vaccines against new and (re)-emerging diseases. Vaccines represent one of the most cost effective ways of preventing and eradicating diseases and they are an important tool in the armoury against infectious diseases. With approximately 60% of animal diseases having the potential to cause human infections, these vaccines protect public health as well as enhancing animal welfare and sustainably improving livestock production to meet growing food demands. While vaccination campaigns [...]

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ISAH 2017

ISAH – 18th International Congress on Animal Hygiene

This year the Congress is focused on one health, a concept supported by the World Organization for Animal Health and the World Health Organization that allows to globally, collaboratively and integrally broach animal health and public health. Animal hygiene is a pillar to both, producing food without considering these factors would be senseless. Since such a concept identifies the synergy among animals, humans and environment, it is a constant within these congresses, which give continuity to international collaborations that have been periodically taking place. And is precisely this continuity that has laid the foundations to establish new paradigms at the national level. Dominant animal production methods have widely contributed to global warming and they have also led to the use and abuse of antibiotics and hormones, causing one [...]

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ATA 2016

Alternatives to Antibiotics: 2nd International Symposium

Objectives In view of the continuing global concerns with antibiotic resistance, there is a pressing need to have a scientific forum to assess the scientific advancements made since the 1st International Symposium on Alternatives to Antibiotics held in 2012. The objectives of this 2nd International Symposium are to highlight promising research results and novel technologies that provide alternatives to antibiotics for use in animal health and production, assess challenges associated with their commercialization and use, and provide actionable strategies to support their development. The symposium will focus on five product categories that could reduce the use of medically important antibiotics in animal health and production: 1) vaccines; 2) microbial-derived products; 3) phytochemicals; 4) immune-derived products; and 5) chemicals. Issues Concerns over antibiotic resistance are driving policies to restrict [...]

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OneHealth EcoHealth

4th International Congress on One Health and the 6th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health

4th International Congress on One Health and the 6th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health This will be the first Congress to bring together the global One Health and EcoHealth communities for One Health EcoHealth 2016. The program is now 90% complete and avaiable at www.oheh2016.org/program The following is a welcome message from the organisers: Our Congress will be a ‘meeting of the minds’ for researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are working towards more integrated approaches and effective responses to complex global health challenges. We think our program brings together a formidable array of outstanding science, knowledge and expertise and will excite anyone committed to innovation and better ways of working in global health management. We have attracted prominent speakers from diverse scientific [...]

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World Veterinary Vaccine Congress

World Veterinary Vaccine Congress 2016

Building on the success of the first, the 2nd annual World Veterinary Vaccine Congress will take place from 10 – 12th October in Barcelona. The meeting brings together the global animal health industry to discuss scientific, regulatory and commercial issues from new innovative vaccine technologies to emerging disease as well as: PRE-CONGRESS WORKSHOP: HOW TO CHOOSE WHICH PLATFORM IS MOST SUITABLE TO DEVELOP A NEW VACCINE FOR AN EMERGING DISEASE Find out how to tackle the problems associated with identification of new threats and the turnaround time to producing vaccines. Discuss how the industry can readjust the risk assessment when responding to a new outbreak. NEW VACCINE TECHNOLOGY AND PLATFORMS Focused on R&D innovations, this congress will update you of the progression made in vaccine R&D challenges when developing [...]

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ATF Conference 2016

EU-PLF – Bright Farm by Precision Livestock Farming

The EU-PLF consortium and the Animal Task Force are pleased to announce the final conference of the 4 year “EU-PLF” project: “Bright Farm by Precision Livestock Farming.” The programme brings together many key aspects of the project including: • results and experiences with Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technology in dairy, broiler and pig farms; • visions on how to implement PLF • testimonies of farmers and high tech start-ups in PLF; and • results of the research on value creation of PLF. We encourage you to participate actively in a panel discussion with researchers, farmers, industry & policy makers. Simultaneous translations are foreseen in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Registration is now open at http://www.eaap.org/index.php/registration-conference-eu-plf-project/

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EID 2016

Emerging Infectious Diseases of Animals: Strategies in Surveillance, Control and Eradication

Emerging infectious diseases (EID) challenge the health of domestic and wild animals and humans. EID may spread easily, irrespective of political and geographic borders. Uncontrolled spread is fostered by the increased global movement of domestic animals and food produced from animals, as well as by vectors such as humans, wild animals, intermediate hosts, and contaminated materials of all kind. Other factors, such as climate change, might also play a role. Outbreaks of diseases in livestock have a significant impact on national economies, individual’s livelihood and quality of life, as well as on the global safety and security of food products. Although there is significant progress being made in developing new vaccines against a wide range of animal diseases, emerging infections and transboundary spread still pose specific challenges in [...]

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