Welcome to the April 2021 edition of the IVVN Newsletter!

Next week: IVVN virtual symposium on vaccines for ruminants

The third of our online symposia will be taking place on Monday 26 April 2021, this time covering Vaccines for Ruminants. The symposium will be chaired by IVVN co-director Professor Bryan Charleston (The Pirbright Institute, UK) and Professor Yanmin Li (The Southwest Minzu University, China), and will consist of presentations from invited speakers and IVVN pump-priming grant awardees, along with a poster session. Register for your place here.

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Symposium details

When: Monday 26 April, 9am-12.30pm GMT
Where: Online
Registration: Free for all IVVN members


Times listed are for British Summer Time.
09.00-09.05 Welcome and introduction
Dr Timothy Connelley, IVVN Director
09.05-09.35 BCG and bovine tuberculosis: why perfect is the enemy of the simply good
Dr Vivek Kapur (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
09.35-10.05 FMD vaccination in South-East Asia
Dr Yu Qiu (OIE South-East Asia and China Foot-and-Mouth Disease Campaign, Thailand)
10.05-10.35 High expression of an echinococcosis vaccine antigen EG95 in yeasts and its application
Professor Wanzhong Jia (Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, China)
10.35-11.05 Break and poster session
11.05-11.25 Development and evaluation of a multiepitopic protein as vaccine candidate against bovine babesiosis caused by Babesia bigemina
Professor Juan Mosqueda (Natural Sciences College Autonomous University of Querétaro Mexico)
11.25-11.45 Q-fever: the use of a pregnant ewe challenge model to assess the efficacy of phase I and phase II Coxiella burnetii bacterin vaccines in sheep
Professor Tom McNeilly (Moredun Research Institute, UK)
11.45-12.05 IVVN pump-priming grant: Isolation and purification of Nairobi sheep disease virus for development of a thermostable vaccine
Dr Caroline Wasonga (University of Nairobi, Kenya)
12.05-12.25 IVVN pump-priming grant: Construction of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus-specific phage-display libraries and epitope identification for improved FMD vaccines generation
Dr Pamela Opperman (ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Research, South Africa)
12.25-12.30 Close

Webinar recording: Paving the way for women leaders in science, technology and innovation

Last month, the IVVN, together with African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), hosted a webinar on women in science and leadership. The panel discussion, moderated by AWARD's Dr Michèle Mbo’o-Tchouawou, built on this year’s International Women's Day theme of women in leadership. It was a fantastic discussion, with attendees actively engaging with the panellists throughout. If you missed it, a recording is available here.


Defining a novel immune cell in cattle – the power of meetings

Dr Matthew Edmans, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, writes about his recent publication with other IVVN members that identified MAIT cells in cattle and characterised their response to bacterial infections. 15 April 2021


The Bloomsbury SET
‘Big Data’ Symposium – combatting infectious disease and AMR

22 April 2021

This is the final event in The Bloomsbury SET's Symposium series, and will showcase projects using big data and machine learning to tackle infectious diseases and AMR challenges.

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
2021 NBAF Scientific Symposium

26-30 April 2021

USDA is hosting a virtual Scientific Symposium as a five-day series of presentations and dialogues to share innovative research being conducted in the fields of emerging, transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases.

TB and the use of BCG in animals: does it matter to people?

9 June 2021

In this talk, Professor Michele Miller and Professor Glyn Hewinson will discuss effective TB vaccination programmes for animals, and the challenges that we still face in making such programmes a reality.

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7th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop

29−31 August 2021

The 7th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop will be hosted virtually later this year.

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13th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium

8−12 August 2022

The 13th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium (IVIS) will be held in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, in 2022.

Funding opportunities

UK Research and Innovation
BBSRC Discovery Fellowship 2021

Closing date: 6 May 2021

Apply for a fellowship to support your first steps into independent research and gain leadership skills.

BactiVac network catalyst funding
Fifth round of pump-priming awards

Closing date: 16 May 2021

Funding is available to support BactiVac members in bacterial vaccinology to explore new approaches and strategies to advance their vaccines in partnership with LMICs and industry, and acquire the data to support substantive funding applications.

Job vacancies

University of Cambridge, UK
Research Associate - Leverhulme Trust (fixed term)

Closing date: 30 April 2021

A postdoctoral research assistant position focused on improving an experimental system based on trypanosome infection of transparent zebrafish larvae


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