11 November 2016 - Launched in October 2013, the LinkTADs research consortium is a 3-year initiative funded under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which aims to coordinate research on transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses (both epidemiology and laboratory aspects) between the European Union and China. The project ended in October 2016.
A series of events have been organized in Europe and China to communicate the major results and achievements of the project as well as how research institutions can benefit from LinkTADs. The 3-hour event in Kunming, China was organized on 19 October 2016, within the Framework of the 12th Symposium of the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine. In parallel, a scientific poster session with circa 20 posters from partners was organized. 62 participants (40 men and 22 women) from Chinese veterinary institutes, agricultural universities and the industry attended the event.
The LinkTADs coordinator and FAO officer, Daniel Beltran-Alcrudo, welcomed participants, outlined the project’s structure and highlighted the major achievements of the project in terms of networking opportunities (such as workshops), webinars, short academic exchanges between partners, joint laboratories (i.e. agreements between partners), trainings, dissemination of the project activities and project proposals. Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovacao (SPI) presented different research funding and online cooperation opportunities, for which open access databases have been developed LinkTADs. The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) gave an overview of the applied research and teaching opportunities between the EU and China, stressing the importance of the China Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (China FETPV), which has been partly supported by LinkTADs. The Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute (SHVRI) delivered a presentation on the efforts in terms of exchanges and short visits and described a joint project on Japanese encephalitis involving a consortium of LinkTADs partners for which funding was successfully secured.
In addition, five scientific speakers sponsored by LinkTADs presented within the Conference’s program:
- Occurrence and Dissemination of Transferable Oxazolidinone Resistance among Bacteria from Humans and Animals - Stefan Schwartz, Institute of Microbiology and Epizootics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (Keynote Speaker - KS)
- How can epidemiological research contribute towards the design of brucellosis control programs in endemic settings? - Javier Guitian, RVC (KS)
- Overexpression of IL-7 extends the humoral immune responses induced by the rabies virus - Ling Zhao, Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU)
- Global investigation of the molecular mechanism(s) which is/are responsible for regulation of inflammatory response in porcine respiratory disease complex RNA-Seq - Yafeng Qiu (SHVRI)
- Identification of a novel bufavirus in domestic pigs by a viral metagenomic approach - Lihong Liu, Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA)