The Med-Vet-Net Association is now offering travel grants to early career scientists for attendance at relevant conferences. See here for details.


Annica Tevell Åberg from the SVA is the first recipient of a Med-Vet-Net Association Travel Grant. She presented a poster at the 55th Interagency Botulism Research Coordination Committee Meeting (IBRCC) in Chicago IL, USA. Read her report here.





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.

Eight 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.