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Welcome to the January 2020 edition of the IVVN Newsletter!

IVVN Conference Hanoi 2020

There are just under two months to go until our third annual conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. There are a limited number of tickets remaining so if you would like to join us, please register ASAP to avoid disappointment.
Click here to register for the conference

Conference programme

Day 1 – Monday 16 March 2020

08.30-09.30 Registration
09.30-10.00 Welcome and introduction
Dr Timothy Connelley (IVVN Director), Professor Bryan Charleston (IVVN Co-Director) and Dr Carly Hamilton (IVVN Network Manager)
Theme 1: Vaccines for Aquaculture
Chaired by Professor Sandra Adams (University of Stirling, UK) and
Dr Thao Ngo (Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
10.00-10.30 Expression systems for Bacillus subitilis and its potential applications as vaccine delivery vector
Dr Nguyen Duc Hoang (Vietnam National University, Vietnam)
10.30-11.00 How adjuvants work: progress and challenges for use in fish
Dr Carolina Tafalla (Animal Health Research Centre (CISA-INIA), Spain)
11.00-11.30 Tea and coffee
11.30-12.00 Future of vaccination in warm water aquaculture
Lee Yeng Sheng (MSD Animal Health Innovation Pte Ltd, Singapore)
12.00-12.30 Two 15 minute talks selected from abstract submissions
12.30-14.00 Lunch and networking
Theme 2: Vaccines for Ruminants
Chaired by Professor Bryan Charleston (The Pirbright Institute, UK) and
Dr Yanmin Li (Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, China)
14.00-14.30 Bovine tuberculosis
Dr Vivek Kapur (Pennsylvania State University, United States)
14.30-15.00 High expression of an echinococcosis vaccine antigen EG95 in yeasts and its application
Professor Wanzhong Jia (Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, China)
15.00-15.30 Tea and coffee
15.30-16.00 Why is control of brucellosis in low- and middle-income countries making so little progress?
Professor Jacques Godfroid (University of Tromsø, Norway)
16.00-16.30 Foot-and-mouth disease vaccination in Southeast Asia
Dr Yu Qiu (OIE Southeast Asia and China Foot-and-Mouth Disease Campaign, Thailand)
16.30-16.45 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
Dr Sarah E Williams-Macdonald (Moredun Research Institute, UK)
16.45-17.00 Development and evaluation of a multiepitopic protein as vaccine candidate against bovine babesiosis caused by Babesia bigemina
Professor Juan Mosqueda (Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico)
17.00-17.15 AgResults foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine challenge project
Dr Jeremy Salt (GALVmed, United Kingdom)
17.15-18.30 Group photo, drinks reception, poster session and networking
19.30- Conference dinner

Day 2 – Tuesday 17 March 2020

Theme 3: Vaccines for Poultry
Co-hosted by the One Health Poultry Hub

Chaired by Professor Fiona Tomley (Royal Veterinary College, UK) and
Professor Hualan Chen (Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, China)
08.30-09.00 Tea and coffee
09.00 09.30 New approaches in poultry for reduction of transmission of foodborne zoonoses into the food chain
Professor Brendan Wren (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK)
09.30-10.00 Successful control of H7N9 influenza in China
Professor Hualan Chen (Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, China)
10.00-10.30 Tea and coffee
10.30-10.45 Passive immunisation with engineered recombinant single chain variable fragment (scFv) antibody protects chickens from avian influenza
Professor Munir Iqbal (The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom)
10.45-11.00 Vaccination status and serological investigation of some viral and bacterial diseases in small-scale chicken farms in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam
Nguyen Thi Bich Van (Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam)
11.00-11.15 Aerosol Delivery of oligodeoxynucleotides containing CpG motifs (CpG-ODN) at hatch against bacterial septicemia in neonatal broiler chickens under field conditions
Professor Susantha Gomis (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
11.15-11.30 Identification of avian influenza viruses subtype H9N2 isolated in 2019 from the backyard and commercial farms in Indonesia
Melina Jonas (Medion, Indonesia)
12.00-13.00 Lunch and networking
13.00-17.00 Visit to the Temple of Literature and a water puppet show

Day 3 – Wednesday 18 March 2020

Theme 4: Vaccines for Swine
Chaired by Dr Simon Graham (The Pirbright Institute, UK) and
Dr Filip Claes Chen (Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), Thailand)
08.30-09.00 Tea and coffee
09.00-09.30 Architecture of African swine fever virus and implications for viral assembly
Professor Xiangxi Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
09.30-10.00 Towards an ASFV subunit vaccine: identification and characterisation of protective antigens
Dr Christopher Netherton (The Pirbright Institute, UK)
10.00-10.30 Tea and coffee
10.30-11.00 Building capacity for sustainable vaccine production in Thailand: porcine circovirus 2 vaccine as a model
Dr Peera Jaru-Ampornpan (National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Thailand)
11.00-11.15 Developing a ‘one health’ Nipah virus vaccine to protect animal and public health
Dr Rebecca McLean (The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom)
11.15-11.30 Comparative efficacy of CIRCOQ™ PCV2 subunit vaccinated one- versus two-dose in high MDA-derived antibody piglets against disease caused by PCV2-type 2D naturally exposed in a Vietnamese swine farm
Dr Do Tien Duy (Nong Lam University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
12.00-13.00 Lunch and networking
Theme 5: IVVN catalyst funding and outreach activity outputs
Chaired by Professor Brian Perry (Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh, UK)
13.00-14.00 Pump-priming grant: Development of immunological tools for monitoring the immune response of Nile tilapia
Dr Kim Thompson (Moredun Research Institute, UK)
Pump-priming grant: Low-cost thermostabilisation of a Rift Valley fever vaccine for veterinary use
Professor George Warimwe (KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya)
Pump-prming grant:A single dose vectored Taenia solium vaccine
Professor Bryan Charleston (The Pirbright Institute, UK)
14.00-14.30 Tea and coffee
14.30-15.00 IVVN African Schools Outreach Programme
Dr Carly Hamilton, Dr Nicola Stock and Jayne Quoiani (Roslin Institute, UK) and Dr Glory Mbah (University of Buea, Cameroon)
15.00-16.00 Keynote lecture
The emergence of African swine fever as a threat to the global pig industry

Professor Dirk Pfeiffer (City University of Hong Kong)
16.00-16.15 Concluding remarks

Conference sponsors


New website filtering functions

One of the most popular features of the IVVN website is the searchable database of members. By searching for other IVVN members, you can find new collaborators to work with on future projects. But until now, the only way to filter the database has been by name and keyword.

Over the past few months, our developers have been busy working on a new filtering function so that you can search the database by expertise. Once we've finished setting this up, you will be able to search for other members by career stage, scientific discipline, host species, pathogen and the stage of vaccine development they are involved in.

But we need your help to finish this work. Please log in to the website, click the 'Edit' button on your profile and select the options that are relevant to your research or area of work. And if you can't see what you're working on listed as an option, please let us know, and we'll add it in.

New IVVN LinkedIn page

The IVVN is now on LinkedIn. Our posts and updates on LinkedIn will have a particular focus on veterinary vaccinology jobs, events and publications. So follow us here to keep up to date!

Launch of new animal vaccine network in the United States

A new network modelled on the IVVN and the UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network has launched at the University of Connecticut in the United States. The US Animal Vaccinology Research Coordination Network will bring together academic, government, and corporate vaccine researchers to identify current and future vaccine needs and opportunities in the US. Find out more about the aims of the new network here.

Articles & Publications

Publication: Characterization of transboundary foot-and-mouth disease viruses in Nigeria and Cameroon during 2016
Publication: Enhanced efficacy of immersion vaccination in tilapia against columnaris disease by chitosan-coated "pathogen-like" mucoadhesive nanovaccines
Article: Can a Vaccine Save the World’s Pigs from African Swine Fever? (Source: The Scientist)
Publication: Development of a highly effective African swine fever virus vaccine by deletion of the I177L gene results in sterile immunity against the current epidemic Eurasia strain


BactiVac's third annual meeting

BactiVac's third annual network meeting will be held on 24-27 March 2020 in Kilifi, Kenya. Find out more here.

New! Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine Annual Educational Meeting 2020

The Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine will hold its annual educational meeting in Westport, Ireland, from 25-27 March 2020. For more details, please click here.

Frontiers in comparative immunology series: T cell biology

The Comparative Veterinary Immunology Group (CVIG) of the British Society for Immunology (BSI) are hosting a meeting on T cell biology on 2-3 April 2020 in Edinburgh, UK. For more information, please click here

New! DISCONTOOLS symposium: Filling the knowledge gaps in animal disease control

DISCONTOOLS in collaboration with STAR-IDAZ IRC and AnimalhealthEurope are hosting a symposium on 29 April 2020 which hopes to bring together stakeholders to enhance collaboration for animal health and discuss research priorities. Register here.

Job Vacancies

Postdoc positions at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Two postdoctoral researcher positions are available within the Tick and Tick-Borne Diseases Programme at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Applications close on 31 January 2020. More details here.

Tenure Track Fellow/Lecturer, Liverpool, UK 

The Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool is seeking an outstanding infection immunologist, who would be appointed as either Tenure Track Fellow or Lecturer, depending upon career stage. Apply by 31 January 2020. More details here.

Postdoctoral Scientist in Immunology, The Jenner Institute, UK
The Jenner Institute have an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Scientist in Immunology to play a key role in a new programme of work within the Vaccine Formulation Group . Apply by 31 January 2020. More details here.

Communications and Events Coordinator, VALIDATE, Oxford, UK

VALIDATE, one of the IVVN's sister vaccine research networks, is looking for a Communications and Events Coordinator to take the lead on communications and events. This is an exciting opportunity in a new role that you can make your own. Apply by 6 February 2020. More details here.

Click here to view all job vacancies


Fellowship opportunities for African researchers at the University of Oxford, UK (Apply by 31 January 2020)
VVN UK ECR scholarships: Frontiers in comparative immunology series: T cell biology (Apply by 20 February 2020)
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