Derald J. Holtkamp
Inger Lise Andersen
John M. Fairbrother
Joke van der Giessen
Sara M. Pires
Aidan Connolly is CEO of Cainthus, an Irish artificial intelligence company, using computer vision to monitor animals. Cainthus’ combines unparalleled expertize and cutting-edge innovation, to passively monitor cows, other livestock, and farm management practices 24/7, alerting the farmer when it matters most.
Aidan is also president of AgriTech Capital, a new company in the field of advisory investment and development of ventures in agriculture, focused on both start-ups and existing traditional business development. He has worked with several Governments and leading food companies on agtech policy.
He is the author of the recently launched strategic business planning book, “2-1-4-3.”
Aidan Connolly graduated with a Master’s in International Marketing from the Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, Ireland. He previously worked with Alltech for more than 25 years, initially in Ireland, and then based in France, Brazil and the United States. He has travelled for business to over 100 countries including most recently extensively in China. From 2002 until 2008, Connolly held the position of Vice President of Alltech Europe, then to Washington DC as VP of Corporate Accounts. As Chief Innovation Officer Connolly was responsible for the commercialization of Alltech’s global research in addition to continuing corporate account strategy within Alltech.
His expertise is in branding, agriculture and international marketing. Connolly is an adjunct professor of marketing at University College Dublin and visiting professor at the China Agricultural University. He is a former member of the boards of IFIF, NPP, NCC, FEFANA, and a Fellow of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA). Aidan is also a member and regular contributor of the Forbes Technology Council.
Connolly speaks regularly, appearing at up to 50 conferences annually on the future of food, agriculture and agri-technologies.
Dr. Vincent is a Research Veterinary Medical Officer and Lead Scientist at the USDA-ARS National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, Iowa, conducting research on influenza A virus and developing intervention strategies against influenza in swine. She obtained a B.S. in Recombinant Genetics from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and an M.S. in Genetics, a DVM, and a Ph.D. in Immunobiology from Iowa State University in Ames. Dr. Vincent has over 20 years of experience in swine production and animal health research, including influenza. IAV represents a unique agent that is pathogen to pigs, humans, and numerous other species, and the NADC studies focus on IAV in the natural swine host and at the swine and human interface. Three areas of IAV research at NADC involve characterizing currently circulating and emerging IAV in swine, investigating virulence properties and host range, and developing novel vaccine approaches.
Andreas Kaasi was born in Norway. A bioengineer by training, he obtained his BSc and MSc from the Joint Program in Bioengineering at Technical University of Denmark and University of Copenhagen. He trained in Prof. Helen Grant's lab using collagen technologies and tissue engineering, during university exchange at Strathclyde University. He trained in Dr. Ismar Newton Cestari's lab using bioreactors, tissue engineering and heart valves at Incor, during university exchange at University of São Paulo. He holds experience from the three essential elements of innovation ecosystems: Education, Research centers and Industry. Within education, he worked for University of Leeds and is a frequent speaker at conferences, symposia and seminars. In research, he held Fellow positions at Biofabris and Albert Einstein Hospital. In industry, he worked as scientist at Sartorius Stedim Biotech. Presently, he utilizes, as a personal innovation strategy, technology startups as a platform to leverage activities within education, research and industry, which currently include Norwegian University of Life Sciences (lecturer in course on “artificial meat”), Santa Casa de São Paulo (general hospital) and Eva Scientific (bioreactors and tissue engineering company, of which he is Founder). Dr. Kaasi's research seeks the transformation of the species identity of animal tissues and organs, so as to acquire human identity, utilizing techniques such as decellularization, recellularization and bioreactors.
Austin grew up on a diversified family farm in south central Iowa in the United States. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in 2013. He went on to North Carolina State University to study under the direction of Dr. Mark Knauer. His Master’s degree was focused on litter size in pigs. He returned to Iowa State University for his Ph.D. in animal breeding and genetics under the direction of Dr. Jack Dekkers. His Ph.D. was focused on the study of resilience in sows and wean-to-finish pigs. He is currently a geneticist for Hypor working from Iowa State University as an affiliate professor.
Dr. Carlos Piñero Noguera
Carlos Piñeiro Noguera, DVM by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Master in Animal Science by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, PhD by the Meiji-Tokyo University, Diploma by the European College of Porcine Health Management, and Specialist in Animal Impact Assessment by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Member of the Association of Veterinary Consultants, of the steering committee of the European College of Porcine Health Management 2015-17, of the Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen, member of the Spanish Working Group for the discussion of the Industrial Emissions Directive and member of the Environmental Management Group in Swine Production coordinated by the Autonomous University of Mexico, Xochimilco Unit. Member of the Spanish Focal Group for Digitization and Big Data of the Agricultural and Livestock sector in Spain. For 20 years he has been director of PigCHAMP Pro Europa S.A. with a team of 28 vets, agronomists, systems and telco engineers and statisticians. Current business and research lines: Digital transformation in the swine sector, digital biosecurity on farms, control of antibiotic use in rea- time pig and poultry production. Big pig data and predictive analytics in health and production. Management of more than 20 national and international applied research projects, 27 publications in indexed scientific journals, more than 100 communications in scientific conferences and 5 chapters in books specializing in production, animal health and environment.
Dr. Carmina Gallardo, born in Toledo, Spain, obtained the PhD degree on Molecular Biology in 2003 in the Science Faculty (UAM, Madrid, Spain) with the Thesis titled “Development of new serological and molecular diagnosis methods of African swine fever” developed at the Animal Health Research Center (CISA), belonging to the National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), in Madrid, Spain. Since 2003 up to 2009 she was working at the International Research Livestock Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi (Kenya) in collaboration with INIA-CISA, on the epidemiology of ASF in East Africa. Since 2009 she has been the Laboratory Coordinator at INIA-CISA of the European Union reference laboratory (EURL) for ASF and for the FAO reference centre since 2011.
Her main expertise is in R&D on ASF, mainly related to the development of new diagnostic tools, molecular epidemiology and/or control strategies, including vaccine development. Throughout her career, Dr. Gallardo has been concerned in over twenty national and EC-funded R&D projects and agreements for scientific and technical cooperation with national and international institutions and companies. As a result of these collaborations, has produced more than 180 scientific and technical publications and 170 presentations at international congresses, conferences and meetings. In addition she has participated in over forty international courses on ASF, organised in Europe, Africa, Asia and Central and South America, often as coordinator. Since 2014 has participated as ASF diagnostic expert in the Community Emergency Veterinary Teams (CVET) organized by the EU as a response to the ASF outbreaks.
Derald J. Holtkamp
Education- 1985: Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Business, Iowa State University. Minor in Statistics; 1990: Master of Science, Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University; 1997: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University. Profession Experience – Professor, 2019 – Current Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA. Associate Professor, 2012 – 2019. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA. Assistant Professor, 2006 – 2012. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA. Industry Consultant, 2004-2006. The Woodlands, Texas. USA; Technical Services Veterinarian, 2002-2004. ADViSYS, Inc. The Woodlands, Texas, USA; Vice President of Swine Applications, 2000-2002. MetaFarms Inc. Eagan, Minnesota, USA; Director of Pork Development, 1999-2000. E-Markets Inc. Ames, Iowa, USA; Assistant Professor of Swine Production Medicine, 1998-1999. Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Ames, Iowa, USA; Swine Veterinarian/Service Manager, 1997-1998. Browns of Carolina, Warsaw, North Carolina, USA; Research Associate, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, 1988-1993. Iowa State University. Ames, Iowa, USA. Research focus – Economics and risk management of swine disease with an emphasis on PRRS.
Dr. Mateu is professor of Animal Health at the Veterinary Faculty of Barcelona. He specialized in viral immunology during a postdoctoral stay at the University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign in1995-96. His teaching activities focus on infectious diseases of swine.
Academic degrees: DVM (1989, UAB, Spain), PhD (1993, UAB, Spain), Dipl. European College of Porcine Health Management (ECPHM, 2009)
Current position: Professor of Animal Health at the Veterinary Faculty of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) (main subjects: infectious diseases, swine health). Associate Dean of the Veterinary Faculty of Barcelona.
Veterinary service activity: Diagnostician at Infectious Disease Laboratory of the Vetrinary Faculty of Barcelona since 1989; director of the laboratory since 1996.
Research activity: His main focus is on infectious diseases of swine, particularly on those caused by viruses such as PRRSV, influenzaviruses and PCV2 among other. Author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.
Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (UFRGS – 1987) and PhD in Animal Reproduction Physiopathology by TiHo-Hannover (1992). Full professor at UFRGS, working on research in swine reproduction and management, advisor of approximately 30 students.
Dr. George R. Foxcroft
George is presently Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. He obtained a BSc in Agricultural Sciences and a PhD in Reproductive Physiology from Nottingham University in England. After postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois, USA, he held faculty positions at the University of Nottingham, England. George moved to Canada in 1988 to take up an NSERC-Industry Research Chair in Swine Reproductive Physiology at the University of Alberta. He was later appointed to a prestigious Tier I Canada Research Chair in Swine Reproductive Physiology in 2001 and was Co-Director of the NSERC EmbryoGENE Strategic Research Network from 2008 until his retirement in 2012. George led the Swine Reproduction-Development Program at the University of Alberta, supervised over 40 graduate students, and was a founding committee member of the International Conferences on Swine Reproduction. He has worked with pork production systems in North and South America to optimize breeding herd management and continues to conduct innovative research projects in a commercial setting.
John M. Fairbrother
Dr. Fairbrother graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1972 from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, Australia. He completed a doctorate in veterinary microbiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1981. He then joined the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada, building up a research program on the identification, pathogenic mechanisms and control, and more recently on antimicrobial resistance, of E. coli causing disease in animals. In 2003, he co-founded Prevtec microbia, a spin-off company of the Université de Montréal, specialized in the development and commercialization of preventive methods in animal production, including Coliprotec®, a live vaccine for swine production developed at the EcL. In 2006, Dr. Fairbrother was named as OIE Expert for E. coli and his laboratory was officially designated as the OIE Reference Laboratory for Escherichia coli by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
John obtained a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree (H1) in 1988 and a PhD in 1995, both from The University of Western Australia. His PhD project investigated the physiology, morphology and enzymology of the small intestine in response to nutritional and social stress imposed on piglets at weaning. Following this, John undertook post-doctoral studies in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (1993-1994), where he worked on nutrition/reproduction interactions in first-litter sows and continued his work with weanling pigs. John was then a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Veterinary Studies at Murdoch University, Western Australia (1995-1996), where he worked on the nutritional modulation of some economically significant enteric diseases in pigs. Between 1996 and 1999, John was Senior Research Scientist in the Monogastric Research Centre at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, where he conducted research in pigs and chickens. John returned to Murdoch University in Perth in 1999, and is currently a Professor at the University and CEO/Chief Scientist of the Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd. In 2014-15, John was the Australian-American Fulbright Commission Inaugural Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Kansas State University, where he worked with staff in the Departments of Animal Sciences and Industry and Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology on swine nutrition and the role of feed additives on antimicrobial resistance.
Other major research interests presently are the nutrition and digestive physiology of pigs, particularly piglets and weanling pigs, but he has worked in other species including dogs and chickens. Other research interests encompass alternatives to antimicrobials in pig diets, role of nutrition and the environment in modifying immune function and the gastrointestinal microbiota, feedstuff evaluation, and controlling enteric diseases in pigs without antimicrobials.
Prof. Gottschalk was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he obtained a DVM. He then arrived to Canada in 1987 where he obtained his PhD in microbiology and immunology from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal. Since 2002 he is full professor at the department of pathology and microbiology of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal. He obtained six different national and international awards for his research. In addition, the University of Ghent (Belgium) granted him with a Honoris Causa in 2018 as a recognition for his career. Prof. Gottschalk is the director of the North American reference laboratory for swine pleuropneumonia (caused by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae) and the North American reference laboratory for Streptococcus suis, and important swine and human pathogen. He is also a consultant for the WHO and FAO on human and swine diseases respectively caused by S. suis and he is frequently requested for his expertise to act on human outbreaks in Asia. Dr. Gottschalk has published almost 350 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 100 articles in professional journals. He has been requested as invited speaker to give more than 300 conferences in more than 35 countries around the world.
Maria G. Pieters
Maria Pieters obtained a DVM degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a PhD from the University of Minnesota, and performed post-doctoral studies at the Institute for Genomic Biology of the University of Illinois. Dr. Pieters is a faculty member with the Swine Group and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and the principal investigator of the Mycoplasma Research Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, where she leads efforts on diagnostic, epidemiology and control of Mycoplasma infections in pigs and other animal species. Dr. Pieters main research is on applied tools for disease elimination.
Dr. Peter Davies received his veterinary degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1975 and his PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1983. Peter is a veterinary epidemiologist specializing in infectious diseases of food animals, particularly swine, and has been a Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, USA, since 2003. His professional experience includes 6 years of clinical veterinary practice in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom; 2 years as a livestock advisor on a rural development project in Pernambuco, Brazil; 4 years as a swine specialist with the Department of Agriculture in Adelaide, South Australia; and 25 years as an academic researcher. He has held endowed chair appointments as the MAF Professor of Food Safety and Public Health, Massey University, New Zealand (2002-2003), and Leman Chair of Swine Health and Production, University of Minnesota (2003-2009). In addition to swine health research, Dr. Davies research has focused on the epidemiology of zoonotic and foodborne pathogens, including antimicrobial resistance, at farm level, to understand the relationships between attributes of the farm environment and management that influence the occurrence of infectious agents, including assessment and mitigation of the associated risks to animals and people. He is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more the 250 conference papers. Current projects include a longitudinal study of infectious disease risks (MRSA, Influenza A virus, Hepatitis E virus) at the swine-human interface, and understanding antibiotic use practices in the US swine industry. From 2000 – 2007, he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the International Research Center for Veterinary Epidemiology in Denmark. He served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Combatting Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the USA from 2015 to 2018, and in 2019 received the Howard Dunne Memorial Award for service to the US swine industry and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
Sara Neves da Costa Monteiro Pires
2009 PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, entitled “Attributing human salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis to food, animal and environmental sources”. 2005 D.V.M., Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. 2014-Senior Researcher at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark. 2006 –2013 Researcher at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark. 2005 – 2006 Research assistant at the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (DFVF), Denmark. Research assistant at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon, Portugal. Coordinator of app. 10-people project. Main and co-supervisor for 7 PhD students. Several Master students. European Network of Burden of Disease Studies, WHO European Office (2016-current) Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Reference Group, World health Organization (2007-2015) Global Foodborne Infections Network (2005-current). Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli FAO/WHO Expert Group (2016-2018) International Network on Burden of Foodborne Illness Studies (2008-current). 39 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals (as main and co-author); Google Scholar h- index 21. Several technical reports for international and national food and public health authorities. Five book-chapters. Project management, data analysis, modelling, science communication Workshop on Molecular Epidemiology: Overview of principles and methods of molecular epidemiology, application of molecular-based surveillance an overview of advanced analytical approaches (Bern, Switzerland, 2014). Supervision course, Technical University of Denmark (2017) Project management (February-June 2013).
He is a veterinary graduated from the University of Passo Fundo (UPF) and has a doctorate in Immunology and Veterinary Microbiology from the University of León (ULE) – Spain and a post doctorate in Immunology and Structural Biology of Antigens from the University of Calgary – Canada. He teaches undergraduate courses in Veterinary Medicine and Medicine, and Graduate course in Bioexperimentation (Master and Doctorate) in UPF. He is an honorary international professor at the ULE Faculty of Veterinary and an International Correspondent Academic at the Academy of Veterinary Sciences of Castilla y León, Spain. His area of research involves the development of vaccines and diagnostic methods against pathogens of veterinary and human interest. In the veterinary line, his research addresses the swine immune system and its relationship with various pathogens, especially Haemophilus parasuis. In the human line, his studies are focusing diagnosis of hepatitis E virus.
Derald J. Holtkamp
Dr. Kolbasov’s research has focused on animal infectious disease with an emphasis on molecular diagnostics and epidemiology of high-consequence viral diseases such as African swine fever, Avian influenza, Bluetongue, Lumpy skin disease. His Federal Reseach Center of Virology and Microbiology (CVM) in Pokrov (Russia) has used comparative and functional genomic approaches together with animal disease models to define and characterize the role of specific viral and host genes in infection, based on this knowledge developing and producing diagnostic kits and vaccines. CVM is the National Reference Center for African Swine fever in Russia.
From 2005 till now he is the Director of Federal Reseach Center of Virology and Microbiology (CVM) in Pokrov (Russia) and led major research initiatives on foreign animal diseases, pathogen functional genomics and rapid pathogen detection.
Ken Steen Pedersen
Ken Steen Pedersen is professor of Herd Diagnostics and Antibiotic use in pigs at the University of Copenhagen. He is a Veterinarian from 2003 and has been working in a specialized swine practice for several years. He obtained his PhD in 2012 and became Diplomate of ECPHM by examination in 2011. Since 2015 is has been CEO of Ø-Vet A/S a specialized swine practice in Europe.
Marisa Arias was born in Valencia, Spain. After graduated in Biochemistry by the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, she started her career with Prof. Dr. Sánchez Vizcaíno for more than eighteen years together, working in African swine fever (ASF) matters to get her phD in 1989 for the Autonomous University in Madrid, in Science. During these years, she was actively participating in the control-eradication programme of ASF in Spain. Later she was involved in scientific and technical activities related to several other important animal infectious diseases supposing an important challenge for the Spanish livestock, among them, African horse sickness, Classical swine fever, Bluetongue or PRRS. During that time, she was also Laboratory Coordinator of several National Reference Laboratories.
Since 2017 she has the position of Director of the Animal Health Research Centre (INIA-CISA, SPAIN), a Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory working in animal infectious diseases belonging to the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA). In addition, Dr. Arias is the Director of the EU Reference Laboratory for African swine fever (ASF) (since 2004) and Director of the Reference Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for ASF (since the nomination in 2013).
Throughout her career, Dr. Arias has been concerned in over seventy-four National and EC-funded R&D projects and Agreements for Scientific and Technical cooperation with National and international Institutions and Companies. She has contributed with more than a hundred scientific and technical publications most of them included in SCI impact factor Journals, and more than a hundred and fifty outreach magazines and technical reports. She has got three national scientific awards for outstanding research, and a merit for the activity research. She has been participating actively in more than 22 National and International Committees as expert in Biosafety and infectious animal disease issues. Other activities include her presence usually as speaker in around 200 International Congress, Symposium and workshops, 44 of them as keynote speaker. As her mentor Prof. Dr. Sánchez-Vizcaíno, she is a great believer in communication and teaching, as a way to improve knowledge for scientists, veterinary services and professionals of the livestock sector- For this reason she has been working very actively in transfer of knowledge and technologies, being involved often as Coordinator and/or Director, in over fifty eight international Courses on Animal Health organized in Europe, and Central and South America with a special relevance in the last years to African swine fever, and on Prevention, Diagnosis and Control of Emerging and Transboundary Animal Viral Diseases.
Dr. Inger Lise Andersen
My background is 5 years and a master in animal science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Then I took two years and another master at a different university in Norway in zoology and ethology, and finally a PhD with a defense in 1999 at NMBU again, with the topic of loose housing, behavior and welfare of dry sows. This means that I have worked with loose housing , behavior and welfare of loose housed sows and piglets in 25 years, and the last ten have been devoted to understanding maternal investment in sows, what are the good maternal traits and what are the effects of selection on maternal traits, but I have also focused a lot on management routines that increases piglet survival as well as the effects of important design elements in a farrowing pen that can stimulate good maternal behavior and thus increase sow and piglet welfare. I have also designed a farrowing pen with the purpose of satisfying the sow needs first of all and secondly to make the farmers routines more simple and efficient. I think I have attended more than 400 farrowings over the last years, and I have worked a lot with farmers and on commercial farms. I have collaborated a lot with veterinarians and advisers as well. In the last three years my focus have been on positive emotions and environmental enrichment in weaned pigs, and now I have a 4-year project with Nortura, the Norwegian meat industry, with the goal of lifting the welfare of Norwegian fattening pigs in commercial farms, and last year me and some colleges won a national innovation price for a new idea called “Digipig-a digital sensory system for pigs”, where we got some money to develop a digital surveillance system based on digital behavioural recognition combined with farmers welfare protocols, management recordings and a warning system connected to an app whenever problem behavior occurs.
Besides my pig work, I have worked with all production animals on topics related to social dynamics and fear, and are also doing some current work on preventive training methods in sport horses, and a new, future focus will be farmed fish as well. I have finished a 3-year project on the effects of disturbance by jet planes, F16 and F35, on cattle behavior and welfare on pasture. However, I have always worked with pigs the most.
I am currently the head of the research group “Ethology and farm animal environment”, and I have finished three years as the head of the National Animal ethics committee. I am teaching and supervising students within courses of behavior and welfare of animals from the very basic level to the more advanced level, and I have many master students. I have also supervised a large number of PhDs and post docs over the years.
Joke van der Giessen
Joke studied, graduated and did her PhD at the Utrecht University (Veterinary Medicine). She is registered specialist Veterinary Microbiology of the Royal Netherlands Veterinary Association (KNMvD), registered Medical Biological Scientific Researcher, Dutch Society of Medical Microbiology and registered Diplomate European Veterinary Parasitology College (DipEVPC). She is working as a senior scientist and head of the National Reference Laboratory for Foodborne and Zoonotic Parasites at the Centre for Infectious Diseases Control (Cib) at RIVM and Wageningen Bioveterinary Research in Lelystad. Her main research areas are zoonoses and public health. Emerging zoonoses and the risks for public health; Detection, surveillance and risk mitigation of foodborne & zoonotic parasites; Global One Health. More than 100 publications.
He was born in Murcia, Spain. He obtained his DVM and Ph.D. degree at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He did postgraduate studies on animal immunology and virology at Cornell University, New York. He is a full professor of Animal Health at the Veterinary School of the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain, and the Director of the OIE Reference laboratory for African swine fever. Prof. Sanchez-Vizcaino have studied immunological mechanisms, new strategies for the control and new diagnosis techniques of some of the main animal virus diseases (ASF, CSF, PRRS, SVD, FMD, AHS, BTV, etc.). Among his research results, it is worth pointing out a large number of reagents produced (monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins), and the adaptation of different techniques and methods to viral diagnosis diseases and epidemiological models, as well as new vaccines, which have proven highly relevant in the control and eradication of different viral diseases such as African and classical swine fever and African horse sickness. Prof. Sánchez-Vizcaíno is the author of more than 200 publications in international scientific journals, as well as several chapters in books of international prestige (Diseases of swine, the OIE Manual). He has directed many National and European research projects, as well as 31 Ph.D theses, in different animal infectious diseases. Since 1990, he is an expert of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for ASF and AHS. He has received different international awarded and recognition as the Medal of Merit of the World Animal Health (OIE), for his outstanding services to veterinary science (24.05.09) and was awarded as Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Murcia (22/04/10). Visiting professor at Cornell University (2013), President of the European Society of Veterinary Virology, etc. His current scientific interest is related to the development of novel diagnostic techniques, epidemiological tools and new strategies for the control and eradication of ASF, including vaccination.
Doctor Soede has an Animal Science background and did her PhD research on the influence of insemination conditions on embryo survival in pigs between 1988 and 1992. After her graduation she worked as an assistant professor at the department of Animal Husbandry in animal reproduction. In July 2003, she was appointed as associate professor in the Adaptation Physiology group of the Department of Animal Sciences of Wageningen University. Nicoline Soede has worked on different aspects of especially Pig reproduction, considering effects of e.g. nutrition, stress, lactation management and insemination management and focusing on several reproductive processes, e.g. follicle development, hormone profiles, fertilisation, embryo survival and litter characteristics. Since 2017, she is chairperson of the International Conference on Pig Reproduction. More information on the Adaptation Physiology group can be found on www.wageningenur.nl/adp. Refereed papers: 158, Citations: h-index 39 (Google scholar citations), 31 (web of sciences), PhD students guided: 12, PhD students in progress: 5 (including 3 at the University of Helsinki). Papers can be found on www.wageningenur.nl/adp
Mark Holmes graduated at the Veterinary School in Cambridge University where he is now Professor of Microbial Genomics and Veterinary Science. He has research projects looking at antibiotic resistance in farm animals in the UK, China, India and most recently in Brazil. His group discovered a new livestock associated MRSA (mecC MRSA) in 2011, which has been followed by over 60 papers on mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and molecular epidemiology. He has a particular interest in ST9 and ST398 MRSA in pigs in the UK and Asia. He is co-author of the Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine, and undertakes clinical research on many aspects of animal health and welfare to help increase the evidence base for veterinarians. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017.
Dr. Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna is Assistant Professor at Linköping University in Sweden. His research investigates the connection between environment, epigenetic changes and adult phenotype. He has worked in environmental epigenetics for over ten years, studying epigenetic responses to environmental exposures in rodents, humans and chickens. His research has pioneered the concept of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, which is the description of how environmental influences can alter the germ line epigenome, which influences the phenotypes of individuals in subsequent generations. Recently, his research has focused on identifying epigenetic marks of long- term stress in farm animals. This work has been performed using several state-of-the-art epigenomic techniques to evaluate local and genome-wide changes in DNA methylation.
I completed the course in veterinary medicine at PUC, RS, Uruguaiana in 1983. I worked at the Veterinary Research Institute Desiderio Finamor (1983-1987). During this period, I developed a passion for animal welfare with my involvement in the production unit of outdoor pigs in Paim Filho, a pioneer in the practice of animal welfare. After the brief passage at ACARESC- EMATER (1987), working with outdoor pig production, I was accepted into the doctoral program at the University of Cambridge, UK, where I completed my PhD in 1992, the first veterinarian in the world with a Ph.D. in animal welfare. I studied indicators of animal welfare in pigs, in particular changes in the endogenous opioid system in the brain which are related to psychiatric disorders in humans. I discovered that abnormal repetitive behaviour was associated with changes in the opioid system. I continued working as pos-doctoral fellow in Germany, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (1992-1996), with particular emphasis on the development of non-invasive methods for measuring stress in different species of wild and domestic animals. I also demonstrated that socially isolated pigs have compromised central nervous system, particularly in the endogenous opioid system. In 1996, I started the program Behaviour and Animal Welfare at Michigan State University, one of the most influential programmes in the world, where I also gained more experience in the area of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate students. My main job was to study environmental factors and their impact on the ability of animals to cope with difficult situations. My work on the effect of early- weaning, less than 21 days of age, in increasing aggression in pigs and impairment of memory processes, was a milestone in the research of animal welfare. I also studied attitudes toward animal welfare and pain in dairy cattle. In 2006, I was offered the professorship of animal welfare at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo, Norway, where I created the research and teaching programmes in animal welfare. In Norway I studied the impact of human-animal interactions in the pre-natal period in the organization of the brain in lambs. I also developed protocols to evaluate welfare and behavioural problems studied in pigs. In 2011 I accepted the position of professor and chair in animal health and animal welfare at the Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in Edinburgh. At SRUC I coordinated the project AWIN (www.animal-welfare-indicators.net), funded by the European Union, to develop scientific protocols for assessing animal welfare. In July 2013 I was hired by the School of Veterinary and Animal Science of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. I am studying systems in the brain that promote optimal adjustment processes in animals and humans.
Jaap Wagenaar was trained as veterinarian and completed his PhD study at Utrecht University and the USDA-National Animal Diseases Center, Ames, IA, US. In 1996 he started his research group at the Central Veterinary Institute (now: Wageningen Bioveterinary Research) in Lelystad, the Netherlands, on food safety and in particular on Campylobacter. From 2004-2006 he worked with WHO (Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, and for the Tsunami-relief operations with WHO Indonesia), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, US) and the USDA (Albany, Ca, US). In 2006 he was appointed as chair in Clinical Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. His main research topics are Campylobacter and antimicrobial resistance. He was coordinator of a large EU-project on antimicrobial resistance (EFFORT) (2013- 2018). He is member of the WHO-AGISAR-group (Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance) and WHO-Global Foodborne Infections Network, a global capacity building network. He is member of the scientific panel of the Netherlands Veterinary Medicines Institute (SDa) and involved in the major reduction of antimicrobial use in livestock. He is member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Fleming Fund. He is director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Campylobacter and of the OIE-reference laboratory for Campylobacteriosis, and is acting frequently as expert for WHO, FAO and OIE. He is currently for a sabbatical leave working in Asian countries on antimicrobial resistance and -usage surveillance systems, and antimicrobial stewardship in animal production.
J.E. Butler is Emeritus Professor of Immunology and Microbiology at the Carver College of Medicine of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA. He has authored more than 260 articles in the areas of mucosal immunology, developmental immunology, immunoglobulins and immunoglobulin genes especially in cattle and swine, and the immunochemistry of solid-phase immunoassay. He has edited two books and two special journal volumes. In the last 20 years his focus has been on developmental immunology in swine and on emerging viral diseases in this species. He has mentored more than 30 doctoral and postdoctoral students from 17 countries. He has been honored by the Int’l Union of Immunological Societies as Distinguished Veterinary Immunologists and received a similar award from the American Association of Veterinary Immunologist. He is currently engaged in a book project called The Critical Window of Development, which is initially focused on nutrition, immune protection and genetics in human infants but with a plan to extend it to veterinary species.