European Veterinary Vaccinology Workshop 2018
Together with H2020 PARAGONE and the UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network, SAPHIR hosted the European Veterinary Vaccinology (VetVac) Workshop on 21-22 May 2018. The VetVac took place at The Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland UK. 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. The workshop was chaired by Isabelle Schwartz (SAPHIR), Jacqui Matthews (PARAGONE) and Bryan Charleston and Madeleine Clark from the UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network.
Fruitful discussions arose during the workshop between attendees and experts. It was clear that developing a vaccine is a complex process and lots of gaps remain in the understanding of the mechanisms involved in vaccine response. Therefore, in order to achieve a successful veterinary vaccine development, the involvement of both researchers and industries are needed.
It was concluded that for some vaccines that already exist on the market, there’s a crucial need to identify new protective agents, efficient delivery systems and adjuvants. To improve such vaccine development, it’s crucial to find financial instruments since cost assessment of endemic animal diseases is a key to rise proportionate financial supporters.
At the end of the workshop all participants were asked to provide their feedback to the speakers and organisers. Participants especially appreciated the discussions, diversity of the speakers, the case studies and the global vision of vaccinology. Suggestions for future events were to have a specific session for PhD students and poster talks, inviting scientists from other fields and vaccine development specialists and to include talks about logistics, vaccine distribution chains and the vaccine market.
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