“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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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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GARA 2016

3rd Annual GARA Scientific Workshop

The Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance is holding its 3rd annual conference in Ploufragan, France from 6-8 September, 2016. Purpose of the Workshop The main objective of the scientific workshop will be to review accomplishments made towards the gaps identified during the previous workshops on Plum Island and Pretoria. The Scientific Committee will be developing the agenda for the workshop shortly. It is expected that the topics will focus on virology and pathogenesis, epidemiology (Africa / Europe), vaccines and immune responses, molecular epidemiology and diagnosis, legislation and reporting in different countries , use of genome editing to understand virus and host interaction. Participants Target audience is approximately 100 participants from previous GARA workshops on Plum Island and South Africa as well as GARA partners and collaborators and [...]

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IVIS 2016

IVIS 2016 – Veterinary Immunology: Connecting animals, humans and the land

The IVIS 2016 promises to be a remarkable experience. Research in Veterinary Immunology is growing rapidly, with new developments and exciting research breakthroughs. This conference aims to bring together researchers in the field of Veterinary Immunology, uniting the areas of immunology and animal health, as well as the issues around clinical treatments. For the full programme and to register visit  http://www.ivis2016.org/

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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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