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PARAGONE: My First Year Experiences – Dr Harry Wright

Dr Harry Wright, Moredun Research Institute Team

The first year of the PARAGONE project has been an extremely rewarding experience. I have been producing and preparing vaccine antigens for trials in Gran Canaria and in Belgium. I was fortunate enough to be asked to assist and advise at the end of the trial in Gran Canaria in December last year and spent a week working there with our partners, Jorge and Julia.

Canarian sheep 1At the end of the week, we had a free day, after all the work had been finished, to go on a tour of the mountainous northern region of the island where we visited a small farm and spoke to the vet who owned it.

These pictures are of a typical mountain field in the north of Gran Canaria with a herd of Canarian sheep and a herd of Canarian sheep in a small paddock on the farm we visited. We are testing the Teladorsagia circumcincta sub-unit vaccine in these and other breeds of local sheep to investigate its efficacy and also to examine if there is any variation in responsiveness, which may be associated with breed type.

Also during the year, I attended the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology meeting, which was held in Liverpool. At the conference, I presented data comparing feeding strategies of four ectoparasites including the poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae, which is one of the target parasites in the PARAGONE project. In November a PARAGONE Workshop was held at Moredun Research Institute where I was asked to present one of the lectures on Next Generation Sequencing data analysis, as I have background experience in these methodologies.

I am looking forward to the second year of PARAGONE.