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.
Dubrovnik, Croatia. 27-31 August 2018
The 69th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science will be held in the Valamar Resort in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 27-31 August 2018. EAAP provides insights into the latest research results from different areas of animal science. Attending the annual conference is an unique opportunity for scientists and industry to meet and acquire new knowledge and to exchange experiences.
On Thursday 30th of August, SAPHIR and Feed-a-Gene will organize a joint session on 'Multi-disciplinary approaches for improving sustainable livestock production: research needs, opportunities and difficulties. During this session several speakers from both consortia will present their research, followed by presentations from stakeholders about innovations and expectations. Panel discussions will cover opportunities and difficulties of multi-disciplinary and multi-actor approach researches and user application needs. Check out the full program here.
For more information or to register please visit the EAAP2018 website.
ESVV - EPIZONE 2018
Vienna, Austria. 27-30 August 2018
The 11th International Congress for Veterinary Virology – ESVV 2018 will take place at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna from 27 – 30 August 2018. It will be held jointly with the 12th Annual Meeting of EPIZONE. It will be both a scientifically and socially exciting programme, which is covering all aspects of veterinary virology.
For more information or to register please visit their website.
6th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop
Utrecht, the Netherlands. 5-7 September 2018
The European Veterinary Immunology Group (EVIG) and the local organizing committee are hosting the 6th EVIW, EVIW2018 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Plenary and concurrent session topics include:
For more information please visit the EVIW2018 website.
Rennes, France. 11-14 September 2018
SPACE (Salon International des Productions Animales) is an international event for animal productions and will be held in Rennes from 11-14 September 2018. SAPHIR will share a stand together with the Feed-a-Gene project in order to connect and exchange with the industry.
For more information click here.www.space.fr
One Health & Food Safety Congress
Bonn, Germany. 18-19 September 2018
The One Health & Food Safety Congress 2018 will take place on 18-19 September 2018 at the University of Bonn, Germany.
It serves as a platform for dialogue between specialists from different backgrounds. They are currently seeking input from experts and researchers from various fields, such as human medicine, veterinary sciences, agricultural sciences, animal, plant and environmental sciences, quality management, politics and public health.
For more information or to register click here.
Hanover, Germany. 13-16 November 2018
SAPHIR will hold a stand and organize a workshop at EUROTIER, The world's leading trade fair for animal production from 13-16th of November 2018 in Hanover, Germany. It is a great opportunity for knowledge exchange to a wide group of stakeholders, targeting pig, poultry, and cattle producers and breeders.
The workshop will be held from 9:00-13:00 on Wednesday 14th of November.
"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
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.
VetVac recorded presentations now available under 'Videos'
The European Veterinary Vaccinology Workshop took place from 21-22 May at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland UK. The workshop was hosted by SAPHIR, PARAGONE and the UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network. A total of 73 early career and senior scientists and other members of the animal health profession from both public and private organisations participated in the workshop, which was organised to provide integrated and up-to-date knowledge on the challenges facing the development of effective veterinary vaccines.
Click here to watch the recorded presentations.
Don't miss the SAPHIR / Feed-a-Gene joint session during EAAP 2018!
On 30th of August 2018 SAPHIR and Feed-a-Gene organize a joint session during EAAP 2018 on: 'Multi-disciplinary approaches for improving sustainable livestock production: research needs, opportunities and difficulties'
Click here for more information.
*In order to attend this session it's necessary to register for the EAAP conference.
Work in progress: WP7 - Improved vaccine evaluations by novel approaches to investigate safety and protection
By Sara Hägglund , Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet
Bovine and human respiratory syncytial viruses (RSV) are major causes of pneumonia in cattle and children, respectively. In nature, the bovine virus does not infect humans, or vice versa, but the viruses are genetically highly similar and the acute diseases are comparable. At long term, severe infections in calves can cause impaired growth and those in infants can result in child asthma. It has long been suspected that the signs of disease are partly caused by the body’s immune responses against the virus, and that such responses are more elevated in some individuals. Moreover, in the past, exaggerated immune responses were not only induced by the virus itself, but also by vaccination. Children and calves vaccinated with harmful vaccines became sicker than those unvaccinated, when encountering the virus.
Until now, RSV-vaccine safety was mainly evaluated by clinical observations and microscopic analyses of lung tissue in experimentally or naturally infected animals. To complement these regular analyses, SAPHIR researchers aimed to study immune markers that correlate with disease and protection in more detail. Read more
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