3rd February 2014, Bengaluru
A three day Indo-UK Workshop on ‘The use of molecular epidemiology and functional genomics to underpin the development of novel interventions to combat bovine Staphylococcus aureus mastitis in India’ was organized by NIVEDI (Formerly PD_ADMAS), Bengaluru from 1st-3rd February, 2014.
Dr. A.K. Srivastava, Director-cum Vice- Chancellor, National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal inaugurated the workshop. In his address, he briefed about the scenario of Dairy Sector in India and the impact of mastitis in economy. Dr. Srivastava also suggested a brief road map for further deliberations during the workshop.
Prof. Duncan Maskell, University of Cambridge; Prof. Ruth Zadoks, University of Glasgow; Dr. S.K. Varshney, Director, DST, New Delhi and Dr. A.K. Rawat, Director, DBT, New Delhi were the other eminent speakers during the session. They all emphasized upon the impact of mastitis and need for research and development efforts including international collaboration and potential funding sources keeping in view the potential of Indian Dairy Sector.
In the valedictory session of the workshop Prof. Duncan Maskell, Chairman of the session outlined a roadmap including immediate establishment of Indian National Mastitis Council. During the workshop, priority research areas identified were molecular epidemiology, understanding host-pathogen interaction and developing control measures including development of effective vaccine against staphylococcal mastitis using reverse Vaccinology.
Earlier, Dr. H. Rahman, Director, NIVEDI welcomed the dignitaries and stressed upon the adoption of the measures for reducing the burden of mastitis. He also emphasized on the need to take up research specially to understand the molecular epidemiology of important mastitis pathogens keeping in view the agroclimatic conditions and vast geography of India.
Twenty researchers engaged in various aspects of Bovine mastitis from different parts of India and United Kingdom participated in the workshop.
Dr. B.R. Shome, NIVEDI, Bengaluru and Dr. Mark A. Holmes, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge jointly coordinated the workshop.
This workshop was jointly sponsored by The Royal Society, London and Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.