Filling the knowledge gaps in animal disease control
Improving animal health is a key factor to address today’s global challenges. It is an essential component to improve animal welfare, to secure the provision of safe and nutritious food of a growing world population, to improve livelihoods and stimulate economic growth in rural areas and to reduce natural resource use and climate emissions of the livestock sector. At the same time, global changes such as increased mobility of people and animals, changing consumer behaviours and climate change are altering disease risk and leading to disease spill-over events between animals and humans. Public and private sectors act upon these challenges and invest in research for the development of new animal health solutions. This has improved our knowledge on pathogens & immune mechanisms and led to the development of new medicines, diagnostics and control methods. But with the renewed attention for the control of infectious diseases, what are the most pressing gaps that need to be filled, and where will future research have the largest impact?
The symposium will draw on the DISCONTOOLS and STAR-IDAZ IRC initiatives to identify current research gaps and provide research road maps for innovations in animal health. It hopes to bring together scientists, policy makers, and representatives from the animal health industry, funding bodies and stakeholder organisations to enhance collaboration for animal health and discuss research priorities from different perspectives.