|Prof. Damer Blake, Royal Veterinary Collage (RVC), London, United Kingdom. Following a PhD focused on bacterial genetics from the University of Aberdeen, Damer began working with Eimeria species parasites in 2001 at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH, UK). During his time at IAH he carried out fundamental and applied genetics-led research, contributing to the Eimeria genome sequencing consortium, developing reverse-genetics strategies for use with Eimeria and using genetic mapping as a step towards new cost-effective anticoccidial vaccines. In 2016 Damer was appointed Professor of Parasite Genetics at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). Current research strands include continuing studies to map genetic loci that encode immunoprotective antigens as vaccine candidates and the development of Eimeria as a novel vaccine delivery vehicle (in collaboration with Prof. Fiona Tomley). More recently, Damer has developed research interests in Eimeria population genetics, evolution and genetic diversity, interactions of Eimeria with bacterial pathogens of poultry and the genetic basis of host resistance to coccidiosis, contributing to the new One Health Poultry Hub (https://www.onehealthpoultry.org).
Prof. dr n. wet. Michael Hess
Dr Thomas (Tom) Jeffers
Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016:
Thomas (Tom) Jeffers was born in Syracuse, NY and received his academic training at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin. During his more than 50-year research career, he has made many significant contributions to our understanding of the biology of coccidia and his work has had direct practical application for the control of this widespread disease in poultry. During his tenure at Lilly/Elanco, Dr. Jeffers led a research team in the development of narasin from discovery to the worldwide product registration of Monteban as an anticoccidial product for broilers. He was also the co-discoverer of the synergistic anticoccidial combination of narasin and nicarbazin, resulting in the anticoccidial product Maxiban. One of his most widely recognized and perhaps enduring achievements was the demonstration that coccidia may be attenuated by selection for precocious development, a discovery that has led to the development of live coccidiosis vaccines that are inherently non-pathogenic.
A review of his scientific accomplishments may be found in Chapman, H.D. (2012). Thomas K. Jeffers: pioneer of coccidiosis research. Avian Pathology. 41: 123-131.
Upon his retirement as Director of Discovery and Development Research at Lilly/Elanco in 2001, Dr. Jeffers was appointed Courtesy Professor of Animal Science at Cornell University. He has been the recipient of the P.P. Levine Award from the American Association of Avian Pathologists and the Outstanding Alumni Award from Cornell University. He is author or co-author of more than 60 articles in refereed scientific journals and book chapters, and is a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, the Poultry Science Association and the World’s Poultry Science Association. Dr. Jeffers and his wife have two children and five grandchildren.
Monita Vereecken is poultry veterinarian working as a technical manager in Huvepharma. After graduation at the University of Veterinary Science in Ghent in Belgium, she has been involved in poultry industry throughout her career: first at the University of Ghent followed by the Animal Health Service. She is the secretary and treasurer of the Belgian branch of WVPA in Belgium. For the last 10 years Monita is working for the global animal healthy company Huvepharma. Her current position is support of the poultry product range of Huvepharma in Europa with special focus on the coccidiosis vaccine range.
Dr hab. Małgorzata Olejnik
Luis Pantoja Millas, Corporate Brand Manager, Poultry B.U., HIPRA
Luis Pantoja got a Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) in 2000, with the specialty of Animal Health and Veterinary Surgery. Since graduation and until 2011, he worked as a clinical veterinarian for several animal species (swine, ruminants, pets and poultry), working independently and for different cooperatives, animal health associations and integrators. From 2011 to 2018, he developed his activity as a technical-commercial veterinarian in Animal Nutrition, first working for Royal Canin and then with Cargill Nutral-SCA as a poultry and feed additive specialist. In May 2018, he joined HIPRA Laboratories as Corporate Product Manager specialized in avian coccidiosis vaccines.