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The Med-Vet-Net Association is pleased to announce that it will be holding its fifth scientific conference entitled ‘One Health: Zoonoses - Emerging Threats’, 27-29 June 2017, at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

Med-Vet-Net 2017 will address 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 will be of interest to public health, food and veterinary researchers working in the field of zoonoses. 

The Call for Abstracts will open on 27th February 2017 and close on 26th April 2017.


We have received our first short-term mission report (STM_5) for 2016-2017 from Kenneth Klingenberg Barfod of Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Copenhagen, Denmark, who visited Michael J Cox, Imperial College, and Frances Colles, University of Oxford, UK, from 3 to 9 September 2016.

OBJECTIVES: First, to attend a meeting for early career respiratory microbiome researchers organised by Michael J Cox in conjunction with The European Respiratory Society who came to London for the first time in September 2016 and as a result of this to find more international collaborations and plan a research stay. Second, to attend The 5th Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease meeting held at Cambridge UK from 7 to 9 September with the aim of learning new techniques and again to find potential collaboration partners.

REPORT: The financial support from MedVetNet allowed me to attend three different scientific and networking meetings in the greater London area. Attending these will be extremely important for my network and career development going forward. I was able to present my work and exchange ideas with leaders in the field.  Recent years have seen an increasing interest in using probiotic bacteria as a means to control pathogens and zoonoses through the changes of the gut microbiota. The NGS approach to fight zoonoses and other infections is currently hampered by a skills cleft between biologists and bioinformaticians and I aim to be competent in both fields.

My current strategic career planning is directed towards an interdisciplinary position as a microbiologist with added independent skills in NGS methodology, immunology and the use of probiotics in animal production and care.

The support from MedVetNet has helped me gain three new collaborators from Spain, the USA and Denmark along with a lot of other information. I have now been invited for a short academic visit to the USA to learn specific protocols and I have an invite regarding future collaborations in transgenerational transfer of microbiota in animals from Spain. Finally, I gained insight and ideas that helped me finalise and refine my research direction resulting in a current grant application with the leading Danish animal welfare laboratory at the University of Copenhagen.