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.
- To support high-quality fundamental research that focuses on basic underpinning bioscience in three themes, which were identified at the workshop held in 2013:
- Step change in bTB vaccinology: focusing on understanding of the immune mechanisms whereby immunisation with vaccine induces immune protection in cattle
- Understanding bTB strain diversity: moving from "genotype to phenotype"
- Host-pathogen interactions
About the programme
The programme will have two parallel strands:
- BBSRC call for research proposals (with co-founding from Defra to support policy relevant research at the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratory Agency)
- A joint activity with National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research to generate new models for bTB research
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.
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
- Martin Vordermeier (highlighting resources at AHVLA)
- Helen McShane
11:15 - 12:15: Understanding Mycobacterium bovis
- Noel Smith (highlighting resources at AHVLA)
- Mike Barer, adaptation to transmission
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 June 2014.