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New in Avian Pathology: “Spotlight on Avian Pathology: Fowlpox virus”

Spotlight on Avian Pathology: Fowlpox virus (  [Disclaimer – we wrote this].

It will be Open Access but the “Accepted Author Version” is already available to those who have paid or institutional access.

It is the 4th paper in Avian Pathology‘s “Spotlight on Avian…” series. This was the 1st: “Spotlight on avian pathology: Marek’s disease“, by Venugopal Nair

Meeting: Molecular biology and pathogenesis of avian viruses in from Monday 3 to Tuesday 4 September 2018 at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, UK.

See the report (and photos) on the Microbiology Society Website

The 2018 Focused Meeting on the Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses covered the following key topics:

  • Molecular biology and genetics of avian virus replication
  • Tropism and host range restriction
  • Host antiviral responses and virus immunomodulation
  • Emerging and variant viruses
  • New and improved approaches to the control of avian viruses
  • Pathogenesis of avian viruses

The event took place from Monday 3 to Tuesday 4 September 2018 at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, UK.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Karen Beemon (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Dr Hui-Wen Chen (Department of Veterinary Medicine, National Taiwan University)
  • Professor Janet Daly (University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science)
  • Professor Joanne Devlin (Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health)
  • Professor Paul Digard (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Chan Ding (Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute)
  • Professor Jiri Hejnar (Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
  • Dr Helene Verheije (Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University)
  • Dr Yongxiu Yao (The Pirbright Institute)
  • Professor Steve Goodbourn (Organiser), (St George’s, University of London)

Follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc

Updates on Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses can be found using the hashtag: #Avian18

Dates for your diary

Avian Virus and Avian Immunology meetings will be held, back-to-back, in Oxford in September next year (2018).

Block the dates in your diaries, bookmark these webpages and make sure you’re on the mailing lists!

Microbiology Society Focused Meeting: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND PATHOGENESIS OF AVIAN VIRUSES 2018. (3-4 Sept 2018)

Avian Immunology Research Group (AIRG) 2018. (5-7 Sept 2018)

The meetings will be held consecutively at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, UK.

New Section Tab – selected journal articles

We have added a new high level tab (below “News” in the side menu bar), entitled “Selected Journal Articles“.

We’ll be posting articles that interest us, our authors or other avian virologists who contact us. They’ll also be added to the most relevant top level tag(s) (e.g.Birnaviruses” for one just added)

Houghton Trust Grants

International Travel and Subsistence

Next Application deadline: 15th June 2017.

Grants for young avian diseases research workers, of any nationality, aged 35 or under, to undertake the following, in countries other than their own:

  1. Attendance and participation in scientific meetings.
  2. Short visits to appropriate laboratories for discussions and/or learning specific techniques (maximum duration 14 days).
  3. Appropriate training courses (not exceeding 14 days).

Deadlines: 15th Feb, 15th June or 15th Nov annually.

Small Project Research Grants (UK-based researchers ONLY)

Next Application deadline: 31st July 2017.

Small Grants (currently max. £10,000) for research into diseases of poultry.

Grants must be used in furtherance of research on avian diseases.

Vacation Studentships

Applications now closed for 2017. Deadline: 1st April 2017.

Vacation Studentships to enable undergraduate veterinary students in the UK to work on research projects related to avian and particularly poultry diseases during the summer vacation of that year