The fourth annual Culture of Care and 3Rs meeting was hosted at The Pirbright Institute on 16 October 2019, chaired by Pirbright’s Director of Capability, Dr Michael Johnson. The meeting provides a discussion space for those who work within animal research, allowing attendees to discover new tools designed to assist in conducting responsible experiments and to share ideas and good practice about the foremost issues in their field.
Collaborative research involving scientists from The Pirbright Institute has shown that a new vaccine, ChAdOx1 RVF, is effective at protecting pregnant sheep and goats from Rift Valley fever (RVF), a debilitating disease that can also be transmitted to humans. This work will also help progress the development of the vaccine, which could be the first to be used against both a human and animal disease.
The DEFEND consortium held its second annual meeting in Brussels on 26 - 27 September 2019 to consolidate and progress the research of its members on African swine fever (ASF) and lumpy skin disease (LSD). The consortium, led by Dr Pip Beard from The Pirbright Institute, is made up of 30 scientific partners from academia, industry and government that are working together to halt the emergence of these two livestock pathogens into Europe and neighbouring countries.