The 4th annual meeting of PROHEALTH project was held from November 27 to 29 in the city of Limassol, Cyprus, and was attended by 44 members of the working group. The congress began on the 27th with a meeting of young scientists who explained their activity in the project environment. Manuel Jiménez, colleague of PigCHAMP, presented his work on ‘Influence of environmental factors for enteric and respiratory disease outbreaks in swine barns‘. Another 15 scientists participated in this event, stating the support that PROHEALTH is giving to young researchers.
November 28 began with the presentation, by Ilias Kyriazakis (University of Newcastle) and Johannes Ripperger (Accelopment), of the overall situation of the project, both technical and economic level. Next, Dominiek Maes (University of Ghent) presented the progress of his work package (WP1), related to risk factors and disease association. Sandra Edwards (University of Newcastle) presented the news of WP2, on neonatal survival and the influences of development on health. Nathalie Le Floc’h (INRA) explained achievements in WP3 in relation to the associations between genotype and health. Carlos Piñeiro (PigCHAMP Pro Europe) showed the progress of WP4, related to the influence of environmental factors in the expression of diseases. And, finally, Neil Foster (University of Nottingham) summarized the advances of WP5, on immunological and molecular characterization of diseases. These 4 work packages have been active since the beginning of the project in December 2013, so that conclusive results could already be presented in most of the experimental tests carried out.
On November 29 Ilias Kyriazakis explained the progress of WP6, which aims to demonstrate the commercial effectiveness of the disease reduction strategies achieved in previous WPs. Next, Jarkko Niemi (Luke) summarized the activity developed in the WP7, in which it is intended to evaluate from the socioeconomic point of view the controls of production diseases. And Theo Kanellos (Zoetis) presented the advances in WP8 disclosure. The meeting ended on the 29th in the afternoon with the meeting of the executive group of the project.
December next year, the activities of this important project will be completed, with which an important knowledge is being generated that will improve the health situation of the intensive production farms.