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
47th Annual Meeting of German Society for Immunology
The 47th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Immunology will take place from 12-15th of September in Erlangen, Germany. Read more.
5th Symposium on Poultry Intestinal Health
The Intestinal Health Scientific Interest Group (IHSIG) organizes its 5th Symposium on Poultry Intestinal Health. The symposium will be held at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club - Polo Club from October 11-12, 2017. IHSIG aims to promote health and welfare in poultry production by provoking debate between the scientific community, poultry producers, regulatory authorities, nutritionists and poultry veterinarians. Read more.
World Veterinary Vaccine Congress
The World Veterinary Vaccine Congress will take place from 10-12 October 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. This years congress will be colocated with the 18th annual World Vaccine Congress and the Immune Profiling World Congress. Science, new technologies and strategies for the veterinary vaccine sector will be discussed. Read more.
Domestic Animal Immunology meeting
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 contact
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.
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