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
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.
Wiki-website for vaccine effectiveness in the field
A wiki-website has been developed by researchers from the Roslin Institute as part of Saphir WP16 that lists and outlines diverse factors affecting vaccine effectiveness in the field.