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

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NEWS

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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Study explores how African swine fever spreads in backyard production systems

Researchers at the University of California, Davis’ Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) and FAO examined the pig trade structure of four pig-rearing regions of Georgia, a country with predominant backyard production systems, whose pig production was recently devastated as a consequence of African swine fever (ASF) epidemics. Their findings are reported in PLoS ONE. Endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, ASF is re-emerging in new areas and is a major threat to pork production worldwide, both through direct losses and the effects of culling, trade sanctions and export restrictions imposed by countries to stop its spread. Georgia first reported ASF in 2007; from there the disease spread to the Caucasus region, Russian Federation and Eastern Europe, where it is still actively spreading today. Esther Kukielka, graduate student at CADMS, [...]

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EVENTS

One Health: 9th Tick and Tick-borne Pathogen Conference & 1st Asia Pacific Rickettsia Conference

Ticks and tick-borne pathogens, including rickettsiae, are important causes of ill health in animals and humans in the Asia-Pacific region. This conference is of interest to veterinarians, medical doctors, public health professionals, epidemiologists, acarologists, diagnostic laboratory personnel, and vaccine producers. Conference themes are: One health [conference theme] Genetics/genomics Epidemiology, Ecology & Modelling Diagnostics & Treatment Immunity & Vaccines Infection & Pathogenesis Taxonomy & Evolution Zoonoses Conference Organising Committee A/Prof Ala Lew-Tabor (Chairperson, Convenor TTP9) Prof. Stephen Graves (Convenor APRC1) A/Prof John Stenos (Convenor APRC1) Dr Manuel Rodriguez Valle (Convenor TTP9) http://www.ttp9-aprc1.com/  

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33rd World Veterinary Congress, Incheon, Korea (South)

The 33rd World Veterinary Congress is aimed at promoting and raising awareness about One Health, an emerging concept that encompasses the health of humans, animals and their environment, across the globe as well as sharing New Wave of the New Technologies in all disciplines of clinical veterinary medicine and creating a new trend in the field. www.wvc2017korea.com

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26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP)

In conjunction with the 53rd Malaysian Society of the Parasitology & Tropical Medicine (MSPTM) Annual Conference. http://www.waavp2017kl.org  

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11th Annual Meeting EPIZONE ‘Crossing barriers’

The European Research Group for Epizootic Disease Diagnosis and Control: a stimulating scientific programme provided by invited speakers and selected oral and poster presentations on epizootic diseases of cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, fish and horses. Hosted by ANSES at the Cite des sciences in Paris

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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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