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Immunity to Veterinary Pathogens: Informing Vaccine Development (A3)

Organizer(s) William T. Golde, Wendy C. Brown and Ivan Morrison
January 20—25, 2015
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Sep 29, 2014
Abstract Deadline: Oct 21, 2014
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 29, 2014
Discounted Registration Deadline: Nov 19, 2014

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
The need for more effective vaccines to protect food animals against infectious diseases has never been greater. Pressures on food sources are predicted to reach a critical state in a few decades, resulting in food shortages, especially in the developing world. While there is a long history of using vaccination to control animal diseases, the most notable success being the eradication of rinderpest, there are many important diseases for which no effective vaccines are available. Advances in genomic technologies, coupled with improved knowledge of the cellular and molecular events involved in the immune response, provide exciting new opportunities for vaccine development. However, effective exploitation of these advances needs to be based on an understanding of the immune responses that mediate effective immunity against the target pathogens. While laboratory animal models have proved invaluable in elucidating fundamental immunological principles, the results of vaccination studies have often failed to translate to larger animal species and humans. Hence, there is a need to study the target diseases in their natural hosts. Animals also provide valuable experimental models for studies of zoonotic pathogens that cause disease in both animals and humans (e.g., TB and influenza), as well as closely related pathogens that cause similar diseases in animals and humans. This meeting seeks to highlight the value of studying immune responses to infectious disease in animals not only to develop control measures for animal diseases but also to advance knowledge that may be more widely applicable for vaccine development. Understanding the immune response in veterinary species holds the promise of accelerating vaccine development for food animals, companion pets and clearly humans, directly addressing the One World, One Health concept emerging in vaccine research.

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US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Scholarship Recipients

Shakif-Ul Azam
Monash University, Australia

Hannah J. Barbian
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Bianca Libanori Artiaga
University of Florida, USA

Heidi Mikkelsen
National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Simon Welner
National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark