The Infection and Immunity Annual Symposium 2021: Emerging Zoonoses

17 November 2021, 1.30 PM - 17 November 2021, 5.45 PM

Keynotes: Dr Kathryn Allan (University of Glasgow), Prof Eric Fevre (University of Liverpool), Prof Leah Cowan (University of Toronto)

hybrid event: limited in-person and virtual

Hosted by the Bristol Infection and Immunity Research Network

Zoonoses are diseases and infections naturally transmitted between people and vertebrate animals. There are three classes of zoonosis: 

  • endemic zoonoses which are present in many places and affect many people and animals
  • epidemic zoonoses which are sporadic in temporal and spatial distribution
  • emerging and re-emerging zoonoses which are newly appearing in a population or have existed previously but are rapidly increasing in incidence or geographical range, such as Rift Valley fever, SARS, and the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) 

It is estimated that, globally, about one billion cases of illness and millions of death occur every year from zoonoses. Some 60% of emerging infectious diseases that are reported globally are zoonoses; over 30 new human pathogens have been detected in the last three decades, 75% of which have originated in animals.  

Join the Infection and Immunity Research Network for this half-day event which will explore this topic, on a local and global scale, in more detail. 

Registration is FREE, all are welcome

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  Speaker Institution Title


13.30-13.50 Fernando Sanchez-Vizcaino (Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health) University of Bristol TBC
13.50-14.10 Andrew Davidson (Reader in Systems Virology) University of Bristol TBC
14.10-14.40 Kathryn Allan (University Clinician (Veterinary Pathology, Public Health & Disease Investigation) University of Glasgow TBC
14.40-15.10 Eric Fevre (Chair of Veterinary Infectious Diseases: Livestock and One Health) University of Liverpool TBC
  SESSION 2    
15.40-16.00 Mick Miller (Farm Animal Pathologist) University of Bristol TBC
16.00-16.20 Laura Rivino (Immunologist) University of Bristol TBC
16.20-16.40 Richard Wall (Professor of Zoology) University of Bristol TBC
16.40-17.10 Leah Cowan (Canada Research Chair in Microbial Genomics and Infectious Disease) University of Toronto TBC
17.10-17.15 ROUND UP AND CLOSE    

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Contact Catherine Brown with any enquiries. 

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