9-10th May 2016
On the 9 and 10 May, several PARAGONE academic and commercial partners from the UK, Belgium, Spain and Ireland attended a European Veterinary Vaccines Workshop held at the Het Pand Conference Centre at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Along with PARAGONE, this workshop was organised by the H2020 SAPHIR project and the UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network.
The aim was to provide integrated and up-to-date knowledge on the challenges facing the development of effective veterinary vaccines and targeted early career scientists. In addition, senior scientists and other members of the animal health profession from public and private organisations participated.
Many dynamic fruitful discussions were held among the attendees, the invited experts and the moderator (Prof. Bruno Goddeeris from Leuven University). The discussions emphasized that research by multidisplinary partnerships is required to achieve effective vaccines for use in the field. Key themes of the meeting included commerical aspects of vaccine development, the economic impact of vaccines, how new technologies can be exploted in the development of vaccines, and innate immunity and adjuvants. PARAGONE coordinator, Prof. Jacqui Matthews, gave an overview of the hurdles to developing effective multiceullar parasite vaccines and how these might be overcome. In the concluding session, it was agreed that innovation needs to be exploited more in future because, although many veterinary vaccines currently exist in the commercial market, these are not derived from recent state-of-the-art reseach on vaccine components and delivery systems.
The workshop received excellent feedback from the attendees from across academia and the animal health sector and new partnerships were forged.
Here are some examples of participant feedback:
- “Excellent meeting, very interactive and great discussions, great to interact with industry”
- “Debate between leaders was good, nice to hear the differences of opinion and it was very helpful”
- “Valuable discussions, stimulating atmosphere bringing people together from different background and experience, good balanced early career and experienced”