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

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STAR-IDAZ IRC Newsletter

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VetBioNet First Newsletter

The first newsletter from VetBioNet is now available  and the newsletter can be downloaded here. VetBioNet is the  EU-funded ‘Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectiology research and experimentation’, an infrastructure project to establish a comprehensive network of  high-containment (BSL3) research facilities, academic institutes, international organisations and industry partners. More information on VetBioNet can be found at www.vetbionet.eu.

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FMDV protein could be used for disease detection

Dr Stephen Berryman and Dr Toby Tuthill from The Pirbright Institute have collaborated with the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and other research institutes to uncover a system used by foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) to prevent antiviral signalling of infected cells. The discovery could allow scientists to detect animals that have been infected with FMDV and distinguish them from those that have been vaccinated. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a novel process that FMDV uses to counter the antiviral protein ISG15, which is produced by infected cells and attaches to the virus proteins to stop replication. The scientists discovered that FMDV encodes a protein called Lbpro which deactivates ISG15 by cutting it into distinctive pieces, allowing the virus to continue replicating [...]

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DISCONTOOLS launches new website

DISCONTOOLS, the open-access database identifying research gaps to improve the control and management of more than 50 infectious diseases in animals – has just launched a new website with updated info for a majority of the prioritised diseases: www.discontools.eu An important resource for public and private funders of animal health research, DISCONTOOLS aims to help speed up the development of new DISease CONtrol TOOLS including diagnostics, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals to help reduce the occurrence and burden of animal diseases. The new website includes a more user-friendly interface for the database, making retrieval of information both easier and more flexible. Customisable searches allow for a more in-depth review of the data available. Research bodies can select their topics of interest, compare the selected topics across diseases and then prioritise these [...]

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World Vaccine Conference 2018, Washington DC, USA

Research, Development and Strategic Partnering for the Global Vaccine Industry

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4th Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance (GARA) Scientific Workshop

https://www.ars.usda.gov/GARA/ GARA exists to establish and sustain global research partnerships that will generate scientific knowledge and tools to contribute to the successful prevention, control and where feasible eradication of African Swine Fever (ASF). Its vision is a coordinated global research alliance enabling the progressive control and eradication of ASF.

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10th International Symposium on Avian Influenza

https://science.vla.gov.uk/flu-lab-net/isai2018/index.html The conference provides an opportunity for scientists, biologists, medics, veterinarians and government regulators from all over the world to exchange and discuss current scientific information on avian influenza (AI).

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34th World Veterinary Association Congress

http://wvac2018.org The World Veterinary Congress provides a unique opportunity for veterinarians in all branches of the profession globally to come together to explore the challenges that face animal health and welfare, to find solutions where possible and to demonstrate the value of the profession for the public good in a changing world. Three main tracks will underpin the congress programme comprising veterinary public health, academia and research and clinical medicine across all domestic species. The conference will host leading speakers from around the world to discuss ongoing issues of concern and to explore new horizons in the treatment and prevention of animal diseases and conditions.

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10th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management

http://www.esphm2018.org/ ESPHM is a joint collaboration among three parties including the European College of Porcine Health Management (ECPHM), the European Association of Porcine Health Management (EAPHM) and, for the ESPHM 2018, the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) at Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA) as Local Organizing Committee.

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The 5th International One Health Congress


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