FAO-ICAR International Conference on "Scientific Developments and Technical Challenges in the Progressive Control of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in South Asia" will be held over three days starting at 0900 hrs on Monday 13th February 2012 and ending at 1600 hrs on Wednesday 15th February, at NASC Complex, DPS Marg, New Delhi -110012.
This Conference is being organized jointly by FAO, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), Govt. of India under the broad umbrella of the FAO/OIE Global Frame work for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs). The Conference aims to bring together the leading FMD research institutions, the FAO Collaborating Centres, OIE Reference Laboratories, and various technical and scientific experts on FMD from different parts of the world.
The South, East, South-East Asia and West Eurasian regions are endemic with the FMD serotypes 0, A and Asia-1. These sub-regions also have active research and development programmes and are in the process of developing coordinated regional control efforts (Regional Road maps). The challenges of the progressive control of FMD in the regions with hundreds of millions of susceptible animals are enormous. Research and development on improved vaccines and vaccination programmes is highly imperative for the future control and eradication of the disease in the above FMD endemic regions.
The principal themes of the conference will be:
- Harnessing the potential of basic FMD research for the development of improved vaccines which would ultimately reduce the cost.
- Thorough understanding of current vaccines and FMD epidemiology which would be essential to design more accurate control measures.
- Use of technical and scientific output from Eurasia to create new options for greater level of FMD control.
The aim of the conference is to review the progress in the fields of FMD vaccines and vaccination programmes, epidemiology, diagnostics and the science of progressive control in addition to identify priorities for investment in science that would have greatest impact for regional, perhaps global control efforts and which would be presented at the FAD/DIE Global Conference on FMD Control in June 2012.
Participation is by invitation only.
For further details:
Prof Gaya Prasad, Assistant Director General (Animal Health)
Animal Science Division, ICAR, Krishi Bhavan
Tel.: 011-23386668, Mob.: 09582898968
e-mail: gprasad1986gmail [dot] com
Dr B Pattnaik, Project Director
PDFMD, IVRI Campus, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand
Tel.: 05942286004,Mob.: 09927717001
e-mail: pattnaikbgmail [dot] com fmdindia [dot] 2012gmail [dot] com
(Source: DDG Animal Science, ICAR)