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

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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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World Bank climate-sensitive disease risks

Reducing Climate-Sensitive Disease Risks

A discussion paper produced by the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department of the World Bank. “This study focuses on livestock diseases that are “sensitive” to climate change, with a view to help practitioners reduce the risks of key climate-sensitive infectious diseases by strengthening risk management systems for disease outbreaks. The three diseases chosen for the study—Rift Valley fever, Bluetongue, and East Coast fever—spread through “vectors” such as insects and parasites, the prevalence of which fluctuates depending on key weather and climate variables such as temperature and humidity. As the symptoms of climate change continue, the frequency and extent of these diseases are expected to escalate.” Dr. Juergen Voegele [SOURCE: World Bank, April 2014]  

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Meeting Future Research Needs on Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonoses – A Global Foresight Exercise

STAR-IDAZ has conducted foresight studies as part of its objective to improve coordination of research activities on the major infectious diseases of animals (including zoonoses) to hasten the delivery of improved control methods. The aim of these studies was to identify the scientific and technological needs, including research capacity and support structures to prevent, control or mitigate animal health and zoonotic challenges for 2030 and beyond. Foresight workshops were initially conducted in the Americas involving consideration of scenarios developed in Canada, Asia and Australasia based on the seven questions method, and in Europe involving scenario building and back-casting.  Following these regional exercises, critical drivers already identified in a range of other related foresight projects were classified under eight categories and the top 3 – 5 drivers in each [...]

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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

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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XVII ISAH Congress, 2015

The Slovak Organizing Committee is pleased to welcome you to the XVII ISAH 2015 Congress in Košice. The congress is a unique opportunity for agriculture and scientists to meet and acquire new knowledge as well as to exchange experiences within animal science. The meeting will take place in Košice from 7th to 11th June 2015. A main theme of the congress will be “Animal hygiene in livestock production – the first step to food hygiene” dealing with product quality as well as resource efficiency, sustainability, animal welfare and agro-ecology. The program will cover various thematic topics such as livestock farming systems, animal nutrition, animal management and health and also cattle, sheep and poultry, goat, pig and horse production. More than 300 delegates from 57 countries are expected During [...]

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3rd One Health Conference

3rd International One Health Congress

IOHC2015 brings science and policy together aiming at the early recognition and control of emerging (infectious) diseases, now and in the years to come. Prevention at the source is the overall congress theme, as this is key in controlling (infectious) diseases that have a growing impact on humans, animals and their ecosystems. The 3rd International One Health Congress focuses on multidisciplinary collaboration involving human, veterinary and eco-health disciplines, other life sciences, social sciences, and informatics. The One Health approach is needed to ensure an improved and sustainable human and animal health and is key to improve monitoring, analysis and prevention of novel global threats posed by re-emerging(infectious) diseases and food safety hazards. The scientific focus of the 3rd International One Health Congress will be on how science can [...]

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Annual workshop of the Animal Health and GHG Emissions Intensity Network – 15 March 2015

The Animal Health and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Intensity Network of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (www.globalresearchalliance.org/) aims to bring together researchers from across the world to investigate links and synergies between efforts to reduce animal disease and reducing GHG emissions intensity. The second annual Network workshop will be held on Sunday 15th March 2015 (09.30-16.00) in the margins of Climate-Smart Agriculture 2015 Global Science Conference at Le Corum, Montpellier, France. The workshop will bring together relevant researchers (e.g. animal scientists, veterinary scientists, epidemiologists, economists, GHG researchers) and research funders to develop international links, share information on current research and discuss opportunities to build upon this research, and identify data requirements and expertise needed to progress work on animal health and GHG’s. If you are [...]

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The 1st UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference

The 1st Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference will be held in Birmingham on focuses on 16-17 February, 2015. The four network themes: Epidemiology and Economics, Novel Tools and Technologies, Protective Immunity and Immunogen Design. The conference will include plenary presentations, further presentations and interactive case studies for each theme. The aim of the case studies is to discuss novel vaccine advancement in the relevant themes, providing a forum for innovative vaccine research. Drawing innovative research together using multi-disciplinary collaborations based on the OneHealth approach. The Case Studies will bring together established key scientists, with policymakers, those who work in industry, funders, and International organizations with the aim to discuss Veterinary Vaccinology topics. The focus in these interactive discussions will be on the development of innovative research in the Veterinary [...]

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