CALL 2019 Short-term mission (STM) and Workshop (WS) has been closed.



All applications are in the review process. The decisions for funding will be send to the applicants end of June/beginning of July 2019.

The Med-Vet-Net Association is now offering travel grants to early career scientists and PhD students for attendance at relevant conferences.

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Knut Madslien from the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, obtained a travel grant to attent the 68th Annual International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association in Tahoe City, CA, USA, 4-9 August 2019. Find his report here.



Clair Firth from University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria obtained a MVNA travel grant to go to the International Dairy Federation (IDF) Mastitis Conference held from 14th-17th May 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

She presented two posters (see below) and won a poster prize! Congratulations!

See her report here.





 Maria Getino (see picture below) from the University of Surrey, Uk, has received a Med-Vet-Net Association Travel Grant. She presented her poster at the International Conference on One Health Antimicrobial Resistance (ICOHAR) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (16-18 April 2019). 







The MVNA 2018 Call for Short-Term Missions (STM) (max 3k Euros each) and Workshops (WS) (max 10k Euros) has now closed. 

All successful applicants have now been informed.


The first short-term mission to be completed of those funded during the 2018-2019 Call has been received from Jonathan Betts whose summary report appears below:


Novel compounds for the treatment of Streptococcus pneumoniae: an unexplored species in zoonotic disease

Jonathan Betts of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford UK, visited Dr Apostolos Liakoupoulos and Dr Daniel Rozen at the Institute of Biology, Leiden, Leiden University, the Netherlands from 20th to 28th October 2018.

 OBJECTIVE: the key aim of this mission was to determine the antibacterial activity of the manganese complex [Mn(CO)3(tpa-k3N)]Br against multidrug-resistant isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Introductory training on whole genome sequencing (WGS) and library preps for future analysis of S. pneumoniae.

 REPORT: The rise of antibiotic resistance (AMR) in humans has been a significant topic of interest over the past decade. However, many also consider animals as a reservoir of resistance mechanisms, due to previous overuse of antibiotics. The zoonotic potential of many bacterial pathogens enables their transfer to humans, carrying any resistance genes with them. This can lead to limited therapeutic options for clinicians in veterinary and human medicine. S. pneumoniae is a problematic human pathogen, which is often resistant to multiple classes of antibiotic. However, it has been isolated in several animal species, both wild and domestic. A group of novel antibacterial agents with potential against S. pneumoniae, are Mn carbonyl complexes. During the visit to the University of Leiden, the efficacy of one of these complexes, [Mn(CO)3(tpa-K3N)]Br, was evaluated against multidrug-resistant (MDR), clinically important strains of S. pneumoniae. [Mn(CO)3(tpa-K3N)]Br was found to be 8- to 16-fold more active against these strains, than previously observed against MDR avian pathogenic Escherichia coli. This activity was also confirmed in vivo, using the Galleria mellonella model of infection. Data from these experiments have been submitted for presentation at the European Congress for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Amsterdam, 2019.

Training received on whole genome sequencing (WGS), confirmed S. pneumonia as a reservoir of resistance genes and will allow the future analysis and comparison of the molecular characteristics of S. pneumoniae strains, isolated from humans and animals. Work is underway, to determine if S. pneumoniae in animals are not only a reservoir of resistance genes but also potential zoonotic pathogens.


Jonathan Betts (left) and Apostolos Liakoupoulos

Nine of the ten STM awarded in 2017 have already been completed and the reports are available to read here.







Hepatitis E: Paradigm of a food-borne zoonotic emerging disease in Europe



Nerea García Benzaquén was funded by the Med-Vet-Net Association to hold a two-day workshop: HEV2018 Hepatitis E Workshop 4 and 5 June 2018  at the VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre, Madrid, Spain


OBJECTIVE: The global workshop objective was to share and update the knowledge about HEV at European level with the ultimate goal of establishing a hepatitis E consortium and a network in order to apply for European calls (Horizon 2020). 


REPORT: Hepatitis E is an important viral infection in developing and developed countries. In Europe HEV has been regarded as an emerging and relevant foodborne risk by different authorities (such as EFSA or ECDC) who emphasize that more research is needed in order to clarify many unknown aspects of the disease.

A two days’ Workshop focused on HEV was held at the VISAVET Centre of the Complutense University of Madrid from the 4th to the 5th of June 2018. Fourteen expert speakers from 14 institutions of 8 different countries were present at the meeting. An additional four abstracts were selected for oral presentations and the authors received full cost scholarships (MEDVENET partners). Researchers who received grants included Morgane Salines (ANSES, France), Susan Withenshaw (APHA, UK), Ana Avellón (ISCII, Spain) and Carmen Varela (ISCII, Spain). A total of 63 participants from 11 European countries attended the workshop. Fourteen high quality posters were exhibited and presented at the meeting. The award for best poster went to Florence Abravanel (ANSES, France).  The structure of the Workshop consisted of four diverse and coordinated thematic blocks (Introduction, Hepatitis E Epidemiology, Methodology and Control & Prevention), which covered the main aspects of HEV and HEV-infection.  We had the opportunity to listen to multidisciplinary speakers (veterinarians, virologists, epidemiologists, clinicians, etc.) who disseminated their research, sharing their experiences with the attenders. The scheduled programme allowed enough time for questions and discussion. It was a really interesting and fruitful workshop and we were able to achieve our main goal that was to share and update knowledge about HEV and HEV infection. 









The Med-Vet-Net Association held their fifth international scientific conference entitled ‘One Health: Zoonoses - Emerging Threats’, at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK at the end of June 2017.


Med-Vet-Net 2017  addressed a number of new and emerging threats under four main symposia:


  • Epidemiological surveillance and outbreak control of zoonoses
  • (re-)Emerging and neglected zoonotic agents
  • Big data and digital information
  • Antimicrobial resistance


The conference attracted a great deal of interest and approximately 150 delegates attended from as far afield as North Carolina and Thailand. 




As well as a full and varied programme of talks there were a number of good poster presentations.

Anne Ridley (APHA), Kitty Maassen (RIVM), Hendrik-Jan Roest (WUR), Karin Artursson (SVA) and Karen Krogfelt (SSI) undertook the unenviable task of having to choose just three from among the students and young scientists presenting either talks or posters that were all of a high standard. Prizes were considered under the following categories:


  • Best overall poster;
  • Best student/young scientist poster; and
  • Best student /young scientist presentation (across all sessions)

In the event, all three prizes went to either a young scientist or student and all were on the theme of Epidemiological Surveillance and Outbreak Control of Zoonoses.

The award for best presentation by a young scientist or student went to Ewa Bilska-Zając, a young scientist from PIWET, who spoke about the ‘Current epidemiological situation of trichinellosis in Poland’ (ES02).


The two prizes for best poster were awarded to:

Magdalena Włodarczyk-Ramus, another young scientist from PIWET for her nicely presented poster on ‘Parasitological threats associated with organic fertilizers used in agriculture’ (ES12); and

Huifang Deng, a PhD student from RIVM.  Her poster on the ‘Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in pregnant women and livestock in the mainland of China’ was a beautiful example of One-Health ES07). 




Conference delegates and prize-winners with Med-Vet-Net Association President, Professor Roberto La Ragione:  (Left to right: Dr Monika Tchórzewska; Prof Roberto La Ragione; Ewa Bilska-Zając; Agnieszka Jodełko;  Magdalena Włodarczyk-Ramus;  Dr Weronika Korpysa-Dzirba and Anna Czubkowska.




From left to right: one of the judges, Dr Anne Ridley (APHA), Med-Vet-Net Association President, Prof Roberto La Ragione, Ewa Bilska – Zając, Agnieszka Jodełko, Magdalena Włodarczyk - Ramus, Dr Weronika Korpysa – Dzirba, Anna Czubkowska.