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Launch event: Initiative to fund an integrated programme of research to tackle bovine tuberculosis

An integrated programme of research on bovine tuberculosis - 8 July 2014. iStock
Date: 8 July 2014, 9.30am - 4.00pm
Venue: Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, 22 Portman Square, London

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This town meeting will launch an initiative to fund a programme of integrated research to tackle bovine tuberculosis (bTB). The meeting will include a series of talks followed by an opportunity for informal discussions between potential applicants through a structured networking session.


The current UK bTB epidemic is one of the biggest challenges facing cattle farming in the UK with very serious economic consequences. The incidence is increasing, and the disease has spread from isolated pockets in the 1980s to cover large areas of the west and southwest of Britain. In 2013, we held a workshop with scientists from the TB research community, both animal and human, to identify areas where BBSRC support for basic science could make the biggest difference to the control of the epidemic.


About the programme

The programme will have two parallel strands:

Both encourage proposals that promote a 'one health' approach by utilising advances in human TB research to provide insights into bTB and vice versa.

Details of the nature and scope of the call for proposals will be given at the town meeting.

Draft agenda

09.30 - 09.45: Welcome and introduction (BBSRC)

09:45 - 10:00: Details of the programme: BBSRC

10:00 - 10:15: "Unmet" biological research needs in bovine tuberculosis: Glyn Hewinson

10:15 - 11:15: Step change in bTB vaccinology: understanding protective immune response

11:15 - 12:15: Understanding Mycobacterium bovis

12:15: 12:45: Host-pathogen interactions: Stephen Gordon


12:45 - 13:45: Networking sandwich buffet

Discussions and networking

13:45 - 14:00: Presentation from Defra

14:00 - 14:15: Presentation from NC3Rs

14:15 - 16:00: Structured networking and call surgery with BBSRC staff

How to register

Free to attend. Spaces are limited.

Complete the expression of interest form below and return to by 30 June 2014

Expression of interest form (DOCX 79KB)

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