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

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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

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

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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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OFFLU Global Animal Influenza Research Agenda

OFFLU and STAR-IDAZ have partnered to develop a strategic agenda for animal influenza research. The initiative takes a global perspective and aligns the priorities of key stakeholders with interests in funding research, conducting research, and benefitting from the outputs of research. Paris, 8-9 April 2014 – OFFLU and STAR-IDAZ convened a group of 60 key contributors to the field of influenza including animal health and public health scientists; representatives from animal production and trade (poultry, egg, and pork); the pharmaceutical sector; equine sports; policy advisers; and representatives from research funding bodies. By way of structured group work and using feedback from a survey sent out prior to the consultation, the experts developed their vision for animal influenza research and identified areas of research which are currently of highest [...]

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Symposium: New Approaches to Vaccines for Human and Veterinary Tropical Diseases

Human and livestock vaccines can contribute to improved human welfare and income generation by maintaining human health and meeting the demand for meat, milk and fish in developing countries. All of these factors contribute to the growing importance of improving food safety, availability and nutritional security. An important component of this Keystone Symposia meeting will be to stimulate crosstalk between the human and veterinary vaccine communities by highlighting cross-cutting technical advances and new science and knowledge from laboratory and field research. The meeting will also provide a rare opportunity for scientists from the Northern and Southern hemispheres to interact and pool resources and knowledge in the common fight against tropical diseases. For further information and to register click here.

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Launch Event for the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium for Animal Health

The official launch of the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium for Animal Health (IRC), an exciting initiative to align research programmes around the world to deliver measurable advancements in the control of animal diseases, will be held on 27 January 2016 in Brussels immediately before the conference “Designing the path: a strategic approach to EU agricultural research & innovation”.  Speaking at this event will be Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Monique Eloit, Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Attendance at the event will be by invitation only for those organisations that have signed the Letter of Intent to participate in the IRC. STAR-IDAZ was an [...]

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WHO/OIE Conference: Global elimination of dog-mediated human rabies – The Time Is Now!

Dog-mediated human rabies causes tens of thousands of human deaths annually despite being 100% preventable. Over 95% of human cases are caused by the bite of a rabies-infected dog and disproportionately affect rural communities, particularly children, from economically disadvantaged areas of Africa and Asia, where awareness of the disease and access to appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis is limited or non-existent. Unlike for many other zoonoses, the appropriate tools to eliminate dog-mediated human rabies already exist. Dog-mediated rabies can be eliminated at the source by vaccinating dogs, in conjunction with dog bite prevention and bite management, raising of public awareness and improved access to timely post-exposure prophylaxis. It is in this context that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in collaboration with the [...]

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ANIHWA Final Conference

ANIHWA is an EU-funded project to coordinate European research funding on animal health and welfare. This two day conference will bring together speakers from important actors in the field of animal health and welfare research with stakeholders and policy makers, as well as with the ANIHWA consortium members. It aims to further assess and disseminate the achievements of the network, while also allowing ample time for long and deep debate on key issues. Attendance is free but registration is mandatory and limited to 100 participants. Please, register here before September 25th, 2015.

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GFRA 2015 Scientific Meeting

The Global Foot and Mouth Disease Research Alliance (GFRA) will hold its 2015 scientific meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam from 20-22 October 2015.  For more information, visit our conference website www.gfra2015.org.  The purpose of this workshop is to bring together experts in the field of disease ecology, epidemiology and transmission with specific focus on the transmission of FMD. We envisage that approximately 70 participants may be interested in attending a two-day symposium to discuss the latest information disease transmission, epidemiology, vaccinology and viral ecology. The attendees would be expected to actively participate in the meeting by bringing knowledge of the most up-to-date research and the latest technology in order to dissect the selected topics or reviews of the literature. On the third day we intend to have a “table [...]

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IFAH-Europe conference 2015: Healthy animals, healthy food, a healthy future

The conference will look at the animal health industry’s contribution to a sustainable future and will bring together a wide range of European animal health and agrifood-chain stakeholders, European and national decision-makers, as well as other experts to increase a common understanding of: •         Europe’s role in the global food security challenge and the affordability of food •         Sustainable animal production and the role of animal health •         The roIe of innovation in animal production and consumer acceptance See further details in the attached programme. The conference will build on the conclusions of IFAH-Europe’s 2012 food chain conference, entitled ‘Healthy animals for a safe, secure and sustainable food supply’. Who should attend •         European animal health and agrifood-chain related organisations, stakeholder platforms and think tanks •         European food [...]

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