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Emerging Diseases to Feature at World Pig Vet Congress

09 April 2014

MEXICO - At the International Pig Veterinary Society Congress (IPVS) 2014, the Tom Alexander Memorial Lecture will be presented by Dr John Harding on 'Accountabilities in the age of transboundary and emerging diseases'.

The theme of Dr Harding's research is emerging and re-emerging diseases of pigs. Earlier in his career, he co-discovered porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), and characterised its impact and epidemiology in affected farms.

More recently, his research has focused on other novel diseases and syndromes, most notably "Brachyspira hampsonii" colitis and Periweaning Failure-to-Thrive Syndrome (PFTS).

In addition, his current research aims to reveal the mechanisms associated with the severity of reproductive PRRS, as well as investigating prenatal immunologic programming associated with intrauterine growth retardation.

Dr Harding was awarded the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence in 2010.

IPVS 2014 looks forward to Lead Lectures on a variety of topics from experts hailing from around the world, including Antonio Velarde, Armin Saalmueller, Bradley Wolter, David Hampson, Federico Zuckermann, Frederick Leung, Hans Nauwynck, Jack Dekkers, Kyoung-Jin Yoon, Laura Batista, Marie Archambault, Mike Ellis, Montserrat Torremorell, Thomas Crenshaw and Zvonimir Poljak.

IPVS 2014 will be held in Cancun, Mexico on 8 to 11 June. For more information on the congress, visit the web site,

ThePigSite News Desk

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