Strengthening Animal Production and Health
through the Immune Response
The European research project SAPHIR aims to develop innovative, safe, affordable and effective vaccine strategies effective against endemic pathogens responsible for high economic losses in livestock.
By generating vaccine strategies for these pathogens in pigs, poultry and ruminants, SAPHIR will aid in strengthening the profitability of food animal systems, improve animal welfare and reduce xenobiotic usage in farming with a ‘One Health’ perspective.
SAPHIR brings together interdisciplinary expertise from fourteen academic institutes including a Chinese partner, five SMEs, one pharmaceutical companies and a forum of animal breeders.
SAPHIR has selected two representative pathogens of pigs (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae), chickens (Eimeria and Clostridium perfringens) and cattle (Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV), Mycoplasma bovis) to develop generic vaccine approaches applicable to other pathogens.
Moving image of BRSV Nring
Image provided by J.F.Eleouet, INRA
ADVAC: Advanced Course of Vaccinology
A two-week training programme for decision-makers in all fields related to vaccines and vaccination. ADVAC 18 will be from 8 to 19 May 2017. Applications for ADVAC 2017 will be open from 1 July 2016 until 15 November 2016. Read more
Institut Pasteur Vaccinology course
10th edition of the Institut Pasteur Vaccinology Course will take place from 24 to 27 March 2017. This course is dedicated to candidates with a medical or scientific training background who are interested in all aspects of vaccinology. Registration before October, 27, 2016. Read more
10th Symposium of Vaccinology
The Vaccinology Club of the French Society for Immunology is organising the 10th Symposium of Vaccinology on March 20-21, 2017 in Lyon, France. Read more
UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference 2017
Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference 2017 will be held on 16-17 January 2017 in Belfast, UK. Read more
Vacancy on Avian myeloid C-type lectin receptors – characterization and targeting for vaccine development
Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Animal Science programme. The position is available from 1 February 2017.
Vacancies in projects on host-bacterium interactions in animals
At the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium, we are looking for enthusiastic candidates for different vacancies at the Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases. The group is focusing on host-bacterium interactions at the intestinal mucosa and aims to unravel the molecular pathogenesis of infections and to develop control methods, including vaccines.
For more information visit the Vacancies page.
WP2 - Sociological approach to understanding livestock producers’ practices and attitudes
SAPHIR Stakeholder Meeting was organised as a Satellite Workshop at the 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science on 31 August 2016, in Belfast, UK. The workshop provided a platform for the scientists to meet with food animal stakeholders, policy makers, food industry and consumer representatives.
SAPHIR Partner The Roslin Institute presented SAPHIR at the AIRG 2016.
New Vaccines Are Essential to Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), where the ability of a drug to treat an infection is compromised, reached the highest political level last week with the convening of a UN General Assembly meeting dedicated to the threat.
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