SAVE THE DATE!!! The MVNA funded Workshop of Tuesday 10th of March is postponed to Friday 25th of September!!

Modern technologies to enable response to crises: Next Generation Sequencing to tackle food-borne diseases in the EU

 

The working group on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) of the EURLs biorisks (Anti-Microbial Resistance, CampylobacterE. coli, Foodborne viruses, Listeria, Parasite, Salmonella and Staphylococci) coordinated by Stefano Morabito (EURL E. coli, ISS, Rome, Italy) is organising a “Science meets policy” conference with the support of the Med-Vet-Net association.

 

Title: Modern technologies to enable response to crises: Next Generation Sequencing to tackle food-borne diseases in the EU

Place: Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome

Date: MARCH the 10th, 2020.September 25th, 2020

 

It aims to discuss the vision and challenges of the NGS technology in its adoption at the EU level as well as in its use for multi country outbreaks. This would be the place to highlight possible hindrances to endorse NGS at country level, the need for a legal framework but also to consider possible solutions.

One person per MVNA institute is entitled to financial support for travel and accomodation up to 300 Euros. After registering online, this participant can contact Guendalina Fornari Luswergh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) quoting in the email that he/she is the selected participant of a MVNA partner institute.

For more details please find the flyer here describing the initiative and the provisional agenda (note that the date has changed!!).

The participation is free and the registration can be soon done online. The link will be published soon.

 

 

 

 

If you have sequence data on Hepatitis E virus: JOIN HEVnet!!!

 

What is HEVnet?

HEVnet is a network and database for sharing sequences and accompanying metadata collected from Hepatitis E virus from human, animal, food and environmental sources.

 

About Hepatitis E virus (HEV)

HEV is a common cause of acute hepatitis worldwide. In Europe, HEV is a zoonosis transmitted via contaminated pork meat or other pork food products. Genotype 3 is the most prevalent hepatitis E virus type in the animal reservoir, as well as in humans. Despite an increased incidence of hepatitis E across Europe, much remains unknown about its spread, sources and transmission routes. A One Health approach is crucial to better understand the (molecular) epidemiology of HEV.

 

Some figures about HEVnet

  • HEVnet was established in April 2017.
  • HEVnet members work in the public health, veterinary health, food, environmental and blood safety sectors.
  • They have submitted 1,615 HEV sequences from nine countries as at January 2019.
  • Most are from humans (89%), sequences of animal (5%), food (6%) or environmental (0.3%) origin are rare.
  • Metadata for human sequences capture mostly sex (93%), year of birth (92%) and sampling (100%); data on region of sampling (37%) and clinical information (hospitalisation 27%, symptoms 20% or mortality 8%) are limited.

 

Why join HEVnet?

HEVnet aims to expand into a global network capable of performing cross-sectoral and supranational studies, with a joint repository of molecular and epidemiological data on HEV. To strengthen the HEVnet database as a One Health platform, it is necessary that HEV experts in the veterinary, food and environmental sectors join the network and add their sequences.

 

How to join HEVnet?

HEV experts are invited to join HEVnet by sending an email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with a short explanation of what they can contribute to the network and the establishment of a worldwide reference set of HEV sequences.

 

HEVnet workshop sponsored by MVNA

The Med-Vet-Net Association is sponsoring the next HEVnet meeting on Monday 18 March 2019, which is only open for HEVnet members. If you would like to have more information about this meeting, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The program of this meeting can be found here.

 

An article announcing this data-sharing network has been published by Eurosurveillance: https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2019.24.10.1800407

 

More information

www.hevnet.nl