Linking Epidemiology and Laboratory Research on Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses in EU and China
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LinkTADs First Dissemination Event in Europe

The first of two dissemination meetings under LinkTADs took place on 2 September 2015 in Montpellier, France. The agenda of the event can be downloaded here . The objective of the dissemination meetings is to give the opportunity to researchers and other stakeholders working on animal health to meet LinkTADs partners, to learn about the project’s activities and main achievements to date, but most importantly, how they can benefit from LinkTADs networking, resources and collaboration opportunities. A second dissemination event will be organized in China later on in 2015 together with the Chinese Veterinary Congress.

LinkTADs First Dissemination Event was organized as a parallel session at the 9th Annual EPIZONE Meeting, Congress Centre “Le Corum” in Montpellier, France. This year, EPIZONE was combined with the Xth International Conference of ESVV 2015, ‘Changing viruses in a Changing world’. The meetings emphasis was on multidisciplinary approaches for animal disease prevention and control and the recent research advances. Being very much in line with LinkTADs areas of interest, the meetings brought together a very relevant audience for the purpose of dissemination.

The LinkTADs session started with a presentation of Daniel Beltran-Alcrudo, the project coordinator from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who introduced an overview of the project, its rationale, objectives, structure (i.e. work packages) and major achievements to date.

This was followed by a presentation by Kai Zhang from the Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) on the major sources of research funding in China and how to register and access LinkTADs Online Cooperation Opportunities/ Funding Database.

Francois Roger presented then on the cooperation activities in the field of veterinary epidemiology between his institution, the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), and China, giving  a more complete overview of activities conducted under work package 3 (WP3), including the new project on Japanese encephalitis.

Timothee Vergne from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), illustrated the different teaching opportunities between the EU and China, elaborating on how the research priorities and gaps were identified, and focusing on the China field epidemiology training program for veterinarians (C-FETPV) program.

Frederik Widén from the Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA) described the stepwise development and evaluation of a portable PCR assay for the rapid detection and differentiation of African and classical swine fever viruses under field conditions. This was done in close collaboration with the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute (HRVI).

The five presentations can be downloaded here.