Welcome to the June 2021 edition of the IVVN Newsletter!

This month's highlights include:

Register now IVVN virtual symposium on vaccines for aquaculture

There is less than three weeks to go until the fourth and final instalment in our current series of online symposia on Tuesday 6 July 2021. The symposium will cover Vaccines for Aquaculture and will be chaired by Professor Alexandra Adams (Aquatic Diagnostics Ltd, United Kingdom) and Dr Thảo Ngô (Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Register here.


Confirmed speakers at the symposium include Dr Nguyen Duc Hoang (Vietnam National University, Vietnam), Dr Carolina Tafalla (CISA-INIA, Spain), Dr Zhen Tao (Ocean University, China), Dr Sean Monaghan (University of Stirling, UK) and IVVN pump-priming grant holders Dr Thảo Ngô (Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and Dr Kim Thompson (Moredun Research Institute, UK). The final programme will be shared with registered attendees and on our website shortly.

Poster session

As well as talks, the symposium will include a poster session. If you would like to present your research to other IVVN members around the world, please make sure your abstract submission form is sent in by the end of the day today (Thursday 17 June 2021). Abstract submission details here.

Symposium sponsors

Symposium details

When: Tuesday 6 July 2021, 9am-12.30pm BST
Where: Online
Abstract submission deadline: Thursday 17 June 2021
Registration: Free for all IVVN members

Watch The recording of our latest IVVN webinar is now available

Last month, Dr Bryony Jones from the Royal Veterinary College gave an IVVN webinar on her experiences with the rinderpest vaccination programme in South Sudan. If you missed the webinar or would like to view it again, you can watch the recording here.

Congratulations IVVN board members awarded for their services to animal and public health

Two members of the IVVN's Network Management Board have been recognised in this year's Queen’s birthday honours list. Professor Fiona Tomley was awarded a CBE for services to animal health and Professor Adrian Hill was awarded an honorary knighthood for services to science and public health.

Dr Timothy Connelley, director of the IVVN, said: "The IVVN is so fortunate to have Fiona and Adrian as key members of the board. Their recognition in the honours list is well deserved and reflects on the importance of their work and the contributions both have made to the animal health and vaccine research communities during their careers." Read more here.

Survey Research funders launch community consultation on veterinary vaccinology

The UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, on behalf of the veterinary vaccinology research funders and programme owners, is consulting the research community (including academic, funders, industrial and other researchers) on current veterinary vaccinology research and innovation needs, as well as the future perspectives.

The overall purpose of this consultation is to gain a better understanding of the gaps, barriers and priorities in the research and innovation of veterinary vaccines globally. This consultation will help inform future veterinary vaccinology strategy. To find out more and to access the survey, click here

Blog How Baseimmune's deep learning platform could help develop future-proof vaccines

UK biotech startup Baseimmune is working on designing variant-proof vaccines against African swine fever virus and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, based on their deep learning data-driven platform.

Members of the Baseimmune team – (clockwise from top left) Philip Kemlo (CTO), Joshua Blight (CSO) and Ariane C Gomes (CEO)

In the latest IVVN blog post, the Baseimmune team write about their platform, how it could help develop future-proof vaccines, and how members interested in collaborating can get in touch. Read the blog post here

New animal vaccine centre to be established at The Pirbright Institute

The Pirbright Institute's Plowright Building. Photo: Number 10/Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A new centre to develop vaccines to prevent zoonotic diseases will be established at The Pirbright Institute in the UK, following a global health declaration by leaders at the G7 Summit last week. The new £40m Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre will be funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

Professor Bryan Charleston, director of The Pirbright Institute and co-director of the IVVN, said: "There is a global unmet need to accelerate the development of vaccines from the laboratory to provide effective products for livestock keepers to control disease in their animals. Preventing disease by vaccination will help secure food supplies and so improve human health and welfare. The importance of this centre has been recognised by UKRI-BBSRC, FCDO and BMGF who have worked together to develop a plan to establish this new facility that will also play a key role in controlling zoonotic diseases."

Read more about the new centre here

Featured publication

An invariant Trypanosoma vivax vaccine antigen induces protective immunity

Nature, 26 May 2021
This game-changing paper identifies a T. vivax vaccine candidate, which is shown to induce long-lasting protection in a mouse model, and provides evidence that highly protective vaccines against trypanosome infections can be achieved. Read the article here
View all publications listed on the IVVN website


Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub UK
Tales from a career in fish host-pathogen interactions

10−11am BST, tomorrow 18 June 2021

Join the Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub UK for some insightful career talks from members of the team and prominent Early Career Researchers within their field.

GRCF One Health Poultry Hub Roadmap Series
Food system governance: a risky business?

9−10am BST, 7 July 2021

What role can One Health risk governance play in contributing to food system policy? Join the GCRF One Health Poultry Hub for the next discussion in their Roadmap Series.

European Veterinary Immunology Workshop
Abstract submission deadline extended for 7th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop

29−31 August 2021

Abstract submission for the virtual workshop will now close on Friday 25 June.

International Alliance for Biological Standardization
Autogenous vaccines: quality of production and movement in a common market

14−16 September 2021

This meeting will take place Munich in a hybrid format.

Funding opportunities

UK Research and Innovation
BBSRC strategic longer and larger grants: frontier bioscience 2021-2022

Closing date: 31 August 2021

Apply for funding for frontier bioscience research that addresses significant fundamental questions in bioscience.

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