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Linking Epidemiology and Laboratory Research on Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses in EU and China
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LinkTADs Second Dissemination Event at CVC 2015

The 2nd Dissemination event under LinkTADs took place together with the Chinese Veterinary Congress (CVC) on 8-9 November 2015 in Fuzhou, China. It was co-organized by Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovacao (SPI), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Chinese Veterinary Medical Association. The objective of the dissemination meetings is to give the opportunity to Chinese researchers and other stakeholders working on animal health to meet LinkTADs partners, to learn about the project’s activities and main achievements to date and how they can benefit from LinkTADs networking, resources and collaboration opportunities.

Launched in November 2013, LinkTADs is a three-year initiative funded by the European Commission’s (EU’s) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to coordinate European and Chinese research on animal disease prevention and control. The fight against animal diseases relies heavily on the research community developing new intervention/control tools and strategies. These could be in the form of new vaccines and diagnostics, or through a better knowledge and understanding of the disease to prevent its emergence and spread, and improve approaches to surveillance, prevention and control. It is also paramount that these two disciplines (i.e. laboratory sciences and epidemiology) are linked and coordinated in their work. International collaboration between animal health researchers can speed up these advances by bringing together new ideas, technologies, funds and expertise to solve livestock health challenges, thus optimizing the use of research resources. However, there are also many barriers that challenge joint projects. 

LinkTADs 2nd Dissemination Event was organized together with the Laboratory Testing Session at the 6th Chinese Veterinary Congress, Fuzhou Strait International Conference and Exhibition Center in Fuzhou, China. This year, CVC was combined with the 13th China international Agricultural Products Trade Fair. The congress had 10 sessions including more than 100 topics. More than 100 experts in the veterinary field were invited to give speeches/training to over 4000 professional audience. 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 Xin Dong, the project partner from the SPI, who introduced an overview of the project, its rationale, objectives, structure (i.e. work packages), and major achievements to date and how to use LinkTADs Online Cooperation Opportunities/ Funding Database. This was followed by a presentation by Zhiyong Ma from Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute, CAS (SHVRI) on Japanese B Encephalitis Virus Detection Technology. Xue Han from China Animal Disease Control Center (CADC) presented on research methods of veterinary epidemiology and basic indicators of disease measurement.