Save the date – Avian Infectious Diseases 2021

20 November 2020

Avian Infectious Diseases 2021: Finding solutions to the biggest challenges in viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases of domestic and wild birds will take place online on 15–17 September 2021.

Infectious diseases continue to threaten the sustainability, productivity and growth of the poultry industry worldwide and some present a risk to public health. Many are also present in wild bird populations, with the potential to spill over into domestic birds.

This meeting capitalises on the success of the previous Microbiology Society Focused Meeting entitled ‘Pathogenesis and Molecular Biology of Avian Viruses’ and expands the remit to include bacteria and parasites.

In addition, while the meeting will continue to incorporate reports of molecular and cell biology, pathogenesis and host response, it will be expanded to include molecular epidemiology, host genetics, host range, and control. This will bring together the scientific community to help find solutions to the biggest challenges in avian infectious diseases and provide a forum for discussion not only on individual pathogens, but also on cross-cutting areas of relevance to multiple infections, for example the effect of immunosuppression on secondary infections, microbiota-pathogen interactions, and multivalent vaccines against several infections.

The following key topics will be covered:

  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Pathogenesis and host response
  • Host genetics
  • Host range
  • Control

Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting. Follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #Avian21.

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