Welcome to the September 2020 edition of the IVVN Newsletter!

Webinar: One Health, COVID-19 and veterinary vaccination

The first IVVN Webinar, given by Dr Michael Francis, will be taking place on Wednesday – and now is your last chance to register if you haven't already. More details and registration here.


This webinar will explore the link between the ‘One Health’ agenda, veterinary vaccination and COVID-19 control. It will review the relevant observations from five existing animal health coronavirus vaccines and discuss how these may provide useful data for the development of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 infection. The use of novel vaccine ‘platform’ technologies within veterinary medicine will be reviewed and examples of how a One Health approach can be applied to vaccination will be presented. Finally, a brief update will be provided on the current status of COVID-19 vaccine development and a summary of the lessons to be aware of from the work on existing veterinary coronavirus vaccines will be discussed.


When: Wednesday 30 September, 13.00−13.45 BST
Where: Online
Registration: Free

IVVN African Schools Outreach Programme shortlisted for Nature award

The IVVN African Schools Outreach Programme has been shortlisted for a 2020 Nature Research Award for Inspiring & Innovating Science, in the Scientific Outreach category. The programme is a collaboration involving partners in the UK and Africa, and aims to equip a network of African scientists with the knowledge and tools to host outreach workshops in their local schools, with the ultimate goal of inspiring young girls to be the next generation of scientists. Read more about the programme and the award here.

Timeline of the Outreach Programme’s work

You can find a full timeline of the African Schools Outreach Programme since its launch in 2019 in our 2020 Annual Report. The full report, along with a video summarising what we've been up to over the past 12 months, is available here.


African Vaccinology Network (AfVANET): an African network by African scientists

Lazarus DD, Afolayan FID, Mamo G, Dinga JN, Akinbobola J, Duedu KO, Tshifhiwa N, Kassa T, Nene1 V, Dieye11 Y, Oumouna M
Pan-African Medical Journal, 16 September 2020

Nine zoonotic diseases that changed the world

The Guardian, 15 September 2020
Tom Levitt examines the major zoonotic outbreaks of the past two centuries.


6th World One Health Congress – virtual edition

30 October to 3 November 2020

The organisers of the World One Health Congress have decided to move this year's congress to an online event.

British Society for Immunology virtual conference

1 to 2 December 2020

‘Connecting immunology in the time of COVID-19’ is the BSI’s first two-day virtual scientific conference offering.

Job vacancies closing soon

Postdoctoral Researcher (bovine RSV),
The Pirbright Institute, UK

Closing date: 20 October 2020
Salary: £32,684 up to £35,104

Postdoctoral Scientist (peste des petits ruminants),
The Pirbright Institute, UK

Closing date: 21 October 2020
Salary: £32,684 to £35,104

Click here to view all job opportunities


Bidart J, Kornuta C, Gammella M, Gnazzo V, Soria I, Langellotti C, Mongini C, Galarza R, Calvinho L, Lupi G, Quattrocchi V, Marcipar I and Zamorano P (2020) A new cage-like particle adjuvant enhances protection of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 7:396. doi:10.3389/fvets.2020.00396.

Blome S, Franzke K and Beer M (2020) African swine fever: a review of current knowledge. Virus Research 287:198099. doi:10.1016/j.virusres.2020.198099.

Cañas-Arranz R, de León P, Forner M, Defaus S, Bustos MJ, Torres E, Andreu D, Blanco E and Sobrino F (2020) Immunogenicity of a dendrimer B2T peptide harboring a T-cell epitope from FMDV non-structural protein 3D. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 7:498. doi:10.3389/fvets.2020.00498.

Chieng CCY, Daud HM, Yusoff FM, Thompson KD and Abdullah M (2020) Mucosal responses of brown-marbled grouper Epinephelus fuscoguttatus (Forsskål, 1775) following intraperitoneal infection with Vibrio harveyi. Journal of Fish Diseases 43:1249-1258. doi:10.1111/jfd.13222.

Choe S, Shin J, Kim KS, Song S, Cha RM, Jung BI, Hyun BH, Park BK and An DJ (2020) Protection of piglets with maternally derived antibodies from sows inoculated with an attenuated live marker classical swine fever vaccine (Flc-LOM-BErns). Pathogens 9(8):608. doi:10.3390/pathogens9080608.

Das PK and Salinas I (2020) Fish nasal immunity: from mucosal vaccines to neuroimmunology . Fish & Shellfish Immunology 104:165-171. doi:10.1016/j.fsi.2020.05.076.

Hove P, Brayton KA, Liebenberg J, Pretorius A, Oosthuizen MC, Noh SM and Collins NE (2020) Anaplasma marginale outer membrane protein vaccine candidates are conserved in North American and South African strains. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 11:101444. doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2020.101444.

Jacob SS, Sengupta PP, Paramanandham K, Suresh KP, Chamuah JK, Rudramurthy GR and Roy P (2020) Bovine babesiosis: an insight into the global perspective on the disease distribution by systematic review and meta-analysis. Veterinary Parasitology 283:109136. doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2020.109136.

Keep S, Stevenson-Leggett P, Steyn A, Oade MS, Webb I, Stuart J, Vervelde L, Britton P, Maier HJ and Bickerton E (2020) Temperature sensitivity: a potential method for the generation of vaccines against the avian coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus. Viruses 12(7):754. doi:10.3390/v12070754.

Klement E, Broglia A, Antoniou SE, Tsiamadis V, Plevraki E, Petrović T, Polaček V, Debeljak Z, Miteva A, Alexandrov T, Marojevic D, Pite L, Kondratenko V, Atanasov Z, Gubbins S, Stegeman A, Abrahantes JC (2020) Neethling vaccine proved highly effective in controlling lumpy skin disease epidemics in the Balkans. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 181:104595. doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.12.001.

Lesellier S, Birch CPD, Davé D, Dalley D, Gowtage S, Palmer S, McKenna C, Williams GA, Ashford R, Weyer U, Beatham S, Coats J, Nunez A, Sanchez-Cordon P, Spiropoulos J, Powell S, Sawyer J, Pascoe J, Hendon-Dunn C, Bacon J and Chambers MA (2020) Bioreactor-grown Bacillus of Calmette and Guérin (BCG) vaccine protects badgers against virulent Mycobacterium bovis when administered orally: identifying limitations in baited vaccine delivery. Pharmaceutics 12(8):782. doi:10.3390/pharmaceutics12080782.

Lundberg SS, McNeilly TN, McAnulty RW and Greer AW (2020) Attempts to induce tolerance to Trichostrongylus colubriformis infection in sheep. Parasite Immunology 2020:e12776. doi:10.1111/pim.12776.

Ndawula C Jr, Amaral Xavier M, Villavicencio B, Cortez Lopes F, Juliano MA, Parizi LF, Verli H, Vaz Jr I and Ligabue-Braun R (2020) Prediction, mapping and validation of tick glutathione S-transferase B-cell epitopes. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 11:101445. doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2020.101445.

Srinivasan S, Subramanian S, Shankar Balakrishnan S, Ramaiyan Selvaraju K, Manomohan V, Selladurai S, Jothivelu M, Kandasamy S, Gopal DR, Kathaperumal K, Conlan AJK, Veerasami M, Bakker D, Vordermeier M and Kapur V (2020) A defined antigen skin test that enables implementation of BCG vaccination for control of bovine tuberculosis: proof of concept. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 7:391. doi:10.3389/fvets.2020.00391.

Vizcaíno N, Pérez-Etayo L, Conde-Álvarez R, Iriarte M, Moriyón I, Zúñiga-Ripa A (2020) Disruption of pyruvate phosphate dikinase in Brucella ovis PA CO2-dependent and independent strains generates attenuation in the mouse model. Veterinary Research 51:101. doi:10.1186/s13567-020-00824-7.

Wang L, Madera R, Li Y, McVey DS, Drolet BS, Shi J (2020) Recent advances in the diagnosis of classical swine fever and future perspectives. Pathogens 9(8):658. doi:10.3390/pathogens9080658.

Zhang HP, Chen MY, Xu YX, Xu GY, Chen JR, Wang YM, Kang YH, Shan XF, Kong LC and Ma HX (2020) An effective live attenuated vaccine against Aeromonas veronii infection in the loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus). Fish & Shellfish Immunology 104:269-278. doi:10.1016/j.fsi.2020.05.027.

Zhang T, Liu Y, Chen Y, Wang A, Feng H, Wei Q, Zhou E and Zhang G (2020) A single dose glycoprotein D-based subunit vaccine against pseudorabies virus infection. Vaccine 38:6153-6161. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.07.025.

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