27th March 2015

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Veterinary Vaccinology Network Newsletter

Early Career Vaccinologist Network

The network has recently supported the establishment of an Early Career Vaccinologist Network. This network is managed by early career researchers with the aim to support career development in Veterinary Vaccinology. The first meeting was held this week with a core group of early career scientists from different institutes within the UK. Discussions focused around the needs of those in the early stages of their careers in vaccinology as well as how to action these via various tools and methods.

Outcomes of the meeting have included:
An Early Career Vaccinologist LinkedIn Group 
Regular Online Journal Clubs
Career Development
Early Career Vaccinologist Workshops

If you are interested in being a part of the Early Career Vaccinologist Network and journal clubs/workshops please email to be added to the mailing list.
For more information please see the Early Career Vaccinologist Network page

New Diagnostic Test Launched to combat Chlamydial Abortion in Sheep

Scientists at the Moredun Research Institute have successfully developed a new diagnostic test for Chlamydia abortus the causative agent of Ovine Enzootic Abortion (OEA).

Papers of Interest

Potential livestock losses drive vaccine creation: Animal Pharm Article
Potential benefits of cattle vaccination as a supplementary control for bovine tuberculosis
The challenges in developing effective canine infectious respiratory disease vaccines
The baculovirus expression vector system: A commercial manufacturing platform for viral vaccines and gene therapy vectors

Do you have a recent published paper that may be of interest to Network Members? Please email to

Developing The Next Generation of Vaccines

A summary article of the Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference 2015 highlighting the needs of prioritising research and development of veterinary vaccines.

This was published by the Veterinary Record in the March 2015, Volume 176, Issue 12

The Society for General Microbiology 2015 Annual Conference
30th March - 2nd April


6th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference 23rd - 27th March
Society for General Microbiology Conference 2015 30th March - 2nd April
BIT's 7th Annual World Congress of Vaccine 2015 25th - 28th April 2015

Funding Opportunities
KTN/BSAS Summer Vacation Scholarships
Encouraging undergraduates into research in the field of Animal Biosciences

Innovate UK and EPSRC Funding Call: Creating smart products from smart materials
Collaborative research and development (R&D) projects to encourage the development of smart products that use a combination of functional, hybrid and multiple materials. 

'Understanding Complex Microbial Communities'

BBSRC sLOLA 2015/2016 Outline call for specific strategic area

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (theme 1) :P Understanding Resistant Bacteria
Cross-Council Thematic Initiative

Veterinary Vaccinology Focused Workshops

Interested in holding a workshop with a specific veterinary vaccinology focus?

Please email with a one page proposal including description and approximate costings for the workshop.

A Call to all Members:

  • Please upload a photo of yourself on to your member profile
  • We are currently trying to map out the Veterinary Vaccinology Research Landscape. Please let us know if your research programmes contain PhD and postdoc students who have a veterinary vaccinology focus. We hope to target young scientists to establish whether a workshop/summer school would be useful in helping promote career development as well as gain future funding.
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