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

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Marek’s disease: new gene editing technique aids vaccine development.

New approach offers a simple and efficient method to manipulate the Turkey herpesvirus genome for rapid development of recombinant vaccines. Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have used genetic engineering to develop a more efficient and effective vaccine for Marek’s disease, which could pave the way for a new generation of poultry disease vaccines. Marek’s disease virus (MDV) is currently controlled by vaccination and over 20 billion vaccine doses are administered worldwide each year. Herpesvirus of turkeys (HVT) or Meleagrid herpesvirus 1 is widely used in the development of avian vaccines as a method of delivering elements of avian pathogens into birds to create the immune response that protects them against disease. The technologies currently available for creating HVT recombinant vaccines are difficult and time consuming to use. In the case [...]

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Vaccinating against East Coast fever increases income of pastoralist households

Households directed the increased income resulting from East Coast fever vaccination into childhood education and food purchase. A study of Kenyan pastoralist households, has found that vaccination against East Coast fever provides significant net income benefits from reduction in livestock mortality, increased milk production, and savings by reducing antibiotic and acaricide treatments. Households spent the additional money on food and education. The researchers found that when fewer cattle died from the disease, girls were more likely to attend secondary school. They report their findings in Science Advances. “When households vaccinate, it increases their wealth and income and sets them on a trajectory to provide education for their children,” said lead author Tom Marsh, at Washington State University. “Vaccinating is a way for households to pull themselves out of [...]

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GFRA Newsletter issue 5

GFRA Newsletter May 2016

Download the latest newsletter from the GFRA – Global Foot and Mouth Disease Research Alliance.

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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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Regional Meeting for OIE Reference Centres for Asia and the Pacific

The global network of OIE Reference Centre is the central core of the OIE’s scientific excellence. In 2016, OIE has a global network of Reference Centers consisting of 260 Reference Laboratories, covering 119 Diseases or Topics in 39 Countries, and 51 Collaborating Centers covering 46 Topic in 26 countries.  In Asia and the Pacific region, there are 51 Reference Laboratories and 11 Collaborating Centers. These Reference Centres have been playing important roles for the improvement of animal health and welfare in the region. The objectives of the meeting are designed: -    To identify and share challenges in key activities of OIE Reference Centres and to discuss ways forward to improve their service. -    To promote networking and cooperation among OIE Reference Centres To encourage the participation in OIE [...]

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22nd Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Africa

- http://www.oie.int/securise/rr/2017/Namibia/img/Provisional%20timetable_Regional_Conference.pdf

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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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Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, Livestock Research Group

http://globalresearchalliance.org/updates/ Contact:   secretariat@globalresearchalliance.org

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8th International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses

8th International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses with an emphasis on Emerging and Transboundary Infectious Diseases, which will take place in Manhattan, Kansas, May 7 – 10, 2017. There is a significantly raised awareness that zoonoses and transboundary diseases threaten both human and animal health. Therefore, research and policy should focus on a “One Health” perspective in local, national, and international environments. To properly address these issues, the conference plans to have special workshops which will be organized by experts in their fields. Potential topics might include:  the ecology of emerging zoonotic and transboundary diseases; the role of wildlife in emerging zoonoses and transboundary diseases; cross-species transmission of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens; emerging and neglected influenza viruses; hemorrhagic fever viruses; emerging and transboundary bacterial diseases; outbreak responses to zoonotic [...]

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American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AAVPT) 2oth Biennial Symposium

The theme for this year’s AAVPT biennial meeting is “The Role of Veterinary Pharmacology in One Health.” It explore the multifaceted challenges faced as veterinary pharmacologists seek to meet the therapeutic needs associated with veterinary species while engaging in efforts to better understand the commonality in physiology, pharmacokinetics, and disease targets that define our One World Health. www.aavpt.org/page/20Biennial

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