on Tropical Veterinary Medicine
2nd Joint AITVM-STVM Meeting
Animal Health in the Tropics:
Building the puzzle from research to application
Panamericano Hotel Buenos Aires, Argentina.
September 23-28, 2018
Theme: “Animal Health in the Tropics: Building the puzzle from research to application”
Scope: This conference is dedicated to animal production, health, and welfare in the tropics. The range of topics is wide and covers from small holder farm management and rural development to the health of productive animals and pets. An important restriction to animal health and production in tropical areas are infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, and protozoa transmitted by arthropods. Also infestations of ectoparasites such as mosquitos, lice, flies, and ticks can lead to significant impairment of animal health and economic losses. However, non-vectorial diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms and helminths are also of great importance.
Topics include but are not limited to:
Preliminary List of Plenary Speakers
“Viewing Human Health from the lenses of Animal Health”
Thumbi Mwangi, Kenya
Thumbi Mwangi is a Wellcome Trust fellow at the Center for Global Health Research,
Kenya Medical Research Institute and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Paul G. Allen School
for Global Animal Health, Washington State University.
He holds a DVM from the University of Nairobi, and PhD (Epidemiology) from the University of Edinburgh.
He leads a research group in East Africa that focuses on the zoonotic, nutritional and socio-economic
linkages between human and animal health.
“Mapping the range expansion of ticks: modeling and surveillance”
Holly Gaff, USA
Dr. Holly Gaff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University.
Dr. Gaff earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Dr. Gaff’s research interests have focused mainly on studying the ecology of ticks and tick-borne diseases
through an active surveillance project and mathematical modeling.
“The tick microbiome: interactions and implications for pathogen transmission”
Kelly Brayton, USA
Kelly Brayton holds a PhD from Purdue University and did post-doctoral work
at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute in South Africa.
After moving to Washington State University Dr. Brayton provided the first genome sequence
for several pathogens of veterinary importance, with a primary focus on Anaplasma species.
Recent efforts examined the effects of the tick microbiome on pathogen acquisition.
Professor Brayton is the Treasurer for STVM, Vice-President of the American
Society for Rickettsiology, and a Fellow of AAAS.
“Genetic system for creating targeted mutations in Ehrlichia chaffeensis
and its application to study pathogenesis and vaccine development”
Roman Ganta, USA
Prof. Ganta is engaged in basic and applied research focused on important human
and animal vector-borne diseases for about 28 years.
His research involves molecular biology, immunology, contributions of vector and host environment
on a pathogen’s ability to cause pathogenesis, and in developing molecular diagnostic tests and vaccines.
He is well-recognized for his high impact research, contributions to prestigious scientific societies by serving
on the executive councils, grant review panels of various national and international funding agencies.
“Development and implementation of control methods for ticks and tick-borne diseases
in rural communities of Sub-Saharan Africa”
Theo Schetters, South Africa
Theo Schetters studied Biology at Utrecht University and obtained a PhD in Medicine
from the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
After a post-doc position at the National Institute for Medical Research, London (UK) on malaria immunity,
he worked at Intervet International (The Netherlands) where he developed vaccines
against coccidiosis in chickens and Babesia infections in dogs.
He is inventor of an improved vaccine formulation against Rhipicephalus ticks,
and a recombinant vaccine against babesiosis.
“Hepatitis E virus at the interface between wildlife, pigs and humans”
Etienne Thiry, Belgium
Etienne Thiry is doctor in veterinary medicine and holds a PhD in veterinary sciences
as well as diplomate of European College of Veterinary Public Health.
He is full professor in veterinary virology, University of Liège, Belgium.
He chairs the scientific committee of the Belgian Food Safety Agency and the expert committee
for animal health and welfare at the French Agency Anses.
His research interests cover the evolution of populations of herpesviruses, noroviruses and hepeviruses.
“Molecular phylogeny of piroplasmids: is there more to come?”
Leonhard Schnittger, Argentina
Leonhard Schnittger holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Currently, he studies pathogenic protozoans of farm animals with the objective
to develop diagnostic tools and vaccines against the diseases they cause.
He is working in the Institute of Pathobiology, CICVyA, INTA-Castelar, Argentina
and teaches Population Genetics and Applied Bioinformatics at
the University of Morón, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Cellular immune responses by bovine γδ T cells to pathogens are directed by the WC1
hybrid pathogen recognition receptors and signaling co-receptors”
Cynthia Baldwin, USA
Cynthia Baldwin, PhD from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, 1983.
Her research has focused on cellular responses to bacterial and protozoan pathogens
of humans and livestock including Brucella, Leptospira, Mycobaceria and Theileria.
She has had a particular emphasis on the characterisation and function of bovine gamma delta T lymphocytes.
This research may influence the way we think about gamma delta T cells
as players in adaptive immunity and potentially vaccine development.