Funding in the animal microbiome

06-10-2017 | |
Funding in the animal microbiome. Photo: Dreamstime
Funding in the animal microbiome. Photo: Dreamstime

With the manipulation of the microbiome quickly becoming a priority in animal health, the Animal Microbiome Congress brings together researchers, producers, feed manufacturers, pharma and nutrition companies to discuss ideas, form collaborations and identify strategies for development.

Sub-therapeutic antibiotics have been a heavily used part of the livestock industry for the past half-century, but the ability to continue using them has been clearly limited by governmental pressure to reduce administration due to the increasing importance of antibiotic resistance. Legislation against the use of antibiotics in livestock feed is now active in many countries across Europe and the USA, and subsequently finding novel and effective strategies to manipulate the animal microbiome has become a critical priority.

Manipulation of the microbiome has been suggested to have beneficial effects in performance and productivity, mitigation of methane emission, immunomodulatory properties, countering infectious pathogens, protecting health and improving welfare in a wide array of livestock and companion animal species.

Therefore, with manipulation of the microbiome quickly becoming a priority in livestock, aquaculture and companion animals, the Animal Microbiome Congress will facilitate crucial discussions and multi-disciplinary collaborations between both academic and industry leaders in the sector, to identify strategies for development resulting in improved animal health and welfare. The Congress is a place for veterinary researchers, animal breeders and producers, feed and grain manufacturers, pharmaceutical and nutrition companies, government and regulatory bodies and ground-breaking solution providers to discuss ideas, form collaborations and identify strategies for development to manipulate the animal microbiome.

“The Global Probiotics in Animal Feed Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 7.9% over the next decade to reach approximately $6.37 billion by 2025.” Accuray Research LLP

Leading academic and industry experts across the livestock, companion and aquaculture sector will be attending the Congress for 2 days of intense networking, unpublished research and translational case studies.

In addition to the open networking available, the ‘MEETING MOJO’ platform allows guests to create a bespoke meeting schedule, promoting productive collaboration; and if you are looking to highlight your recent work to the wider microbiome community, the dedicated poster session is a great way to get your research noticed and further involve yourself with the congress!

The key benefits of the conference as follows:

  • Forge relationships for future research collaborations and business partnering opportunities with the dedicated networking sessions.
  • Discuss strategies to promote the One Health initiative and develop innovations to increase sustainable and antibiotic free food production and increase the health and welfare of livestock.
  • Determine how to use early life genetics and environment to impact microbiome development, and improve productivity of animals.
  • Discuss and develop approaches to translate veterinary research into commercially viable nutritional, diagnostic and therapeutic solutions.
  • Navigate the benefits and challenges of methods such as metagenomics and metabolomics in determining a healthy microbiome and its functional interactions with the host.
  • Review novel and unpublished data, new technological advances and translational case studies to inform your future research.

To give you a little taste of the conference, here is a snapshot of the topics being discussed by the world-leading academics in this space:

“Bridging the Gap Between Academic Research and the Production Industry” – Jonathan Statham, Chief Executive, RAFT Solutions

“New Alternatives to Decrease the Need for Shared-Class Antibiotics in Livestock” – Scott Carter, Director, Enzyme Research and Development, Elanco Animal Health

“Bridging the Gap Between the Laboratory and the Farm in the Control of Zoonotic Pathogens” – Professor Thomas Humphrey, Chair in Bacteriology and Food Safety, Swansea University Medical School

For more details regarding the congress . Animal Microbiome Congress, London, 30-31st October.

guy clayton, animal microbiome congress