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.
"Disease prevention is better than cure, but integrating different preventing and control measures is even BETTER!"
The page of Integrated Health Management Strategies provides an overall view of the whole understanding which lies underneath the SAPHIR project and is now available in English, French and German. Visit the page to learn more!
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
11th Symposium of the French Domestic Animal Immunology Network
The next Domestic Animal Immunology meeting, organized by the French network, will take place on March 26-27th 2018 in Tours, France. This meeting will focus on microbiota and food on immunity, anti-infectious immunity, 3R models to study immunity, vaccines and comparative immunology. For more information or to register please visit the symposium webpage.
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.
VetBioNet - Advanced research on epizootic and zoonotic diseases
"VetBioNet is a new infrastructure project - funded by the European Commission in the context of Horizon 2020!"
VetBioNet aims to establish and maintain a comprehensive network of pre-eminent high-containment (BSL3) research facilities, academic institutes, international organisations and industry partners and is dedicated to catalyse research on epizootic and zoonotic diseases and to promote technological developments in Europe. Further details of the project can be found here: http://www.vetbionet.eu/
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