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Damer Blake Damer Blake, PhD. The Royal Veterinary Collage RCV, Londyn, United Kingdom
Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016: New developments in the study of coccidiosis in poultry

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 2013 Damer was appointed Senior Lecturer in Molecular Parasitology 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.

Bobrek_K Kamila Bobrek, DVM , PhD, University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016: In Memoriam: Personality and achievements of Prof. Michał Mazurkiewicz in research on coccidiosis in poultry

Dr Kamila Bobrek working as assistant professor in the Department of Epizootiology, Bird and Exotic Animal Clinic University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw, a member of the Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences. The title of specialist diseases of poultry and ornamental birds she received in 2012 and the title of doctor of veterinary sciences in the March 2014 year on the basis of the doctoral dissertation “Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of strains of Erysipelothrix sp. Isolated from field cases of erysipelas in geese”.The scopes of scientific interests include parasitic disease of poultry and bacterial diseases of waterfowl. Co-organizer of the First International Technical Conference “Poultry coccidiosis – the current challenges AD 2016”.

Martina Dardi_2 Martina Dardi, DVM, MSc,  Laboratorios Hipra, S.A.

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016 : Study of the efficacy of a new live coccidiosis vaccine for breeders and layers under field conditions in farms with a history of clinical coccidiosis.

In 2003 Graduation in Veterinary Medicine by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Bologna (Italy) and Post-graduate School in Animal Health and Production by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Bologna (Italy) in 2007. From 2005 to 2006 she trained on Avian Pathology and laboratory techniques through a scholarship by the Istituto Zooprofilattico in Forlì (Italy). From 2006 to 2007 she worked in the poultry biologicals R&D department of Fatro S.p.a. (Italy). Finally, from 2007 to present she is working as Corporate Group Product Manager Coccidiosis for HIPRA (Spain). Her main focus is on coccidiosis and coccidiosis vaccines

Sylwia Sylwia Doner, DVM , Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016: Evaluation of Economic Losses due to Coccidiosis in Poultry Industry in Poland.

She graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2009 and the Faculty of Animal Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2004 (master’s thesis in the field of poultry farming). She completed postgraduate training in Avian Diseases and become the Avian Medicine Specialist in June 2015. Currently, she is PhD student in Department of Avian Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Her doctoral dissertation concerns an epidemiology of Eimeria spp. protozoa invasion in broiler flocks in Poland. Currently she is doing researches on practical applications of available diagnostic methods (based on molecular biology) for evaluation the efficiency of vaccination against coccidiosis and evaluation of the use of coccidiostats and their impact on the prevalence of Eimeria spp. in broilers. Co-organizer of the First International Technical Conference “Poultry coccidiosis – the current challenges AD 2016”.

Stave Fitz-Coy Steve H. Fitz-Co, DVM, PhD, Senior Account Manager, Scientific Sales Affairs, Merck Animal Heath – Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, USA

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016: Coccidiosis vaccination: focusing on assessment and challenges

An outstanding specialist in the field of parasitology poultry. Together with Larry McDougald is co-author of the chapter “Avian Coccidiosis” in the “Diseases of Poultry”. Author and co-author of 80 publications. He has also developed a guide to the diagnosis and assessment of necrotic enteritis, coccidiosis and other parasitic infections in broiler chicken. He worked with major integrators in the US in the evaluating anticoccidial programs and all live coccidiosis vaccines in the USA. He cooperates with colleagues from Mexico, South Africa, Europe and Brazil, conducting conviction trials to demonstrate needs and wants for coccidia control. He also served as reviewer for proposed guidelines for international evaluations of anticoccidial efficacy. He identified a previously unrecognized stage “the pseudo-cyst” in the life cycle of the Cochlosoma anatia species that affect turkeys. He identified and named a pathogenic species of Eimeria that affect turkeys, this species is highly pathogenic causing morbidity and mortality. Mentor for Masters of Avian Medicine (MAM) students in microscopic identification of avian parasites. Co-author of the patent: 20100166803 Eimeria VACCINE FOR TURKEYS – That vaccine is turkeys Provides protection from coccidiosis and methods of making and using the vaccine alone 07-01-2010.

Gaweł_A dr hab. Andrzej Gaweł, prof. nadzw. Associate Professor in the Department of Epizootiology, Bird and Exotic Animal Clinic University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw.

Both his doctoral dissertation and habilitation concerned the issues of coccidiosis in poultry. Their knowledge of poultry diseases, as well as molecular biology techniques expanded to numerous internships and trainings at home and abroad, including England, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary. Member of the World Veterinary Poultry Association and the Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences. Co-organizer of many conferences PTNW. Co-author of an academic textbook Poultry Diseases edited by Professor M. MazurkiewiczResearch interests focus on parasitic diseases of poultry and issues immunoprophylaxis and treatment of diseases of poultry. Co-organizer of the First International Technical Conference “Coccidiosis poultry – Current Challenges AD 2016”.

Thomas Jeffers photo Thomas K. Jeffers, PhD

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016:
1. The pressure of coccidiosis in Poland in the years 2009-2015
2. The Role of Anticoccidial Drugs in Maintaining Intestinal Integrity in Broiler Chickens

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.

Kwiatkowski Tomasz Kwiatkowski Tomasz, DVM, Polska, Poultry Technical Consultant and EKS specialist for countries of Central and Eastern Europe

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016: The pressure of coccidiosis in Poland in the years 2009-2015

Veterinarian, he graduated from the University of Agriculture and Technology in Olsztyn (now the University of Warmia and Mazury), study completed in 1992. Since graduation worked at Central Soya, later Provimi Poland (currently Cargill Poland) as the head of the team of veterinarians, providing advisory and technical service for customers of the company.

From the beginning involved in issues related to the health of poultry as well as pigs. For several years the direct care of Research Farm Provimi Poland.

Since 2000 specialist in avian diseases (Wroclaw) and since 2006 specialist in diseases of pigs (Pulawy). Practical experience on the Polish market as well as in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Russia and China.

Since 2012 employed in the position of poultry technical consultant for Elanco customers and as an EKS specialist (Elanco Knowledge Solutions). Involved in issues related to the health of birds, with particular emphasis on the condition of the digestive system (Intestinal Integrity), coccidiosis and the associated problems.

Ralp_Marshall Ralph Marshall, PhD, Marshall Coccidiosis Consultancy

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016: The role of Eimeria praecox in the development of subclinical coccidiosis in broilers

Dr Ralph Marshall started working at the Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge, England in 1971 in the Parasitology Department where he spent 8 years researching Coccidiosis, mainly looking at resistance to anticoccidials in poultry. He then transferred to the Poultry Department to research firstly Newcastle Disease, and then salmonella. His most notable achievement during this time was the development of the anti-Salmonella vaccine “Salenvac”. In 1991 he transferred back to the Parasitology Department to continue research into Coccidiosis, particularly the live vaccine “Paracox”, and later “Hipracox”. From 2003 until his retirement from Weybridge in 2013 he was Head of Parasitology with responsibility for many projects. Ralph was awarded Chartered Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology for his contribution to Coccidiosis research. Together with his wife Jackie, a fellow Parasitologist, he has moved to a farmhouse in Norfolk, England and has set up the Marshall Coccidiosis Consultancy and they have a small laboratory where the continue with their research.

Aside from parasitology his interests include photography, bird watching and foreign travel.

M.Olejnik Małgorzata Olejnik, PhD. National Veterinary Research Institute in Pulawy

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016: The safe use of coccidiostats as feed additives

Malgorzata Olejnik graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University of Lublin. She is a researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, National Veterinary Research Institute in Pulawy, where she is involved in studying the safety of coccidiostats used as feed additives. She is interested in both coccidiostats residues in food of animal origin, relevant to the safety of consumers and toxicity of ionophore coccidiostats for animals, especially turkeys. Her research has practical significance; the finding about an unexpectedly high transfer of semduramicin from feed to eggs should soon result in a change of European legislation regarding maximum levels of residues of coccidiostats in food. Since 2013 she has managed a research project that aims to clarify the relationship of species-related susceptibility to the toxic effects of salinomycin and the degree of its biotransformation. She is the author and co-author of 26 articles in scientific journals

Stef Stefen Ronsman, DVM, PhD, Galluvet bvba, Belgium

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016: Reduction of antibiotic treatments in broilers by the use of a live coccidiosis vaccine in rotation with anticoccidial feed additives: Results from the Belgian field.

He graduted Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University in 1995. In years 1995-2000 privately held small animal practice. In years 1995-1996 he was scientific assistant at the Ghent University in Department of Poultry Diseases. From 1996 to present poultry practitioner – Galluvet veterinary services, Belgium

Vasili Stanev Vasil Stanev, DVM, Zoetis
Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016:
1. Pathological and economic importance of Eimeria maxima – diagnosis, complications, drug resistance
2. Coccidiosis prevention strategies and practices

Dr. Vasil Stanev serves as Technical Manager Intestinal Health Poultry for EuAfME.

Dr. Stanev received Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Veterinary Faculty in Sofia and Masters of Business Administrtion degree from the City University of Seattle branch in Sofia.

He was employed with Pfizer from 2012 and has continued with the company through its transformation from Pfizer Global Poultry to Zoetis. Before that he used to work in Christa Ltd Bulgaria for 8 years, being responsible for the Animal Nutrition and Health Department of the company.

 Stonfer Ph.D. Maurizio Stonfer, Bayer Animal Health, Italy

 Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016 : “Practical remarks on the treatment of coccidiosis in poultry

He graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Parma – Italy. Post Degree education in Animal Infectious Diseases at Scuola per la Ricerca Scientifica at Animal Health Institute of Brescia – Italy. Career milestones: Animal Health Institute Brescia – Dow Chemical – Bayer A.H. since 1987. Dr Stonfer was a member of Steering Committee of the Italian branch of Avian Pathology Society from 2004 to 2009. Currently he is responsible of Poultry Business in Italy and coordinator of EU Poultry Panel. Author or Co-author of various scientific publications on antimicrobials – anticoccidials and ectoparasiticides of avian species.

Szeleszczuk_P Full Professor Piotr Szeleszczuk, Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Subject at EIMERIANA AVIA 2016: Evaluation of Economic Losses due to Coccidiosis in Poultry Industry in Poland.

Professor Piotr Szeleszczuk- veterinarian, a specialist in diseases of poultry and ornamental birds. Department of Avian Diseases Department of Veterinary Pathology and Diagnostics Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Warsaw University of Life Sciences. He is author of over 600 scientific publications. He specializes in issues of pathology, therapy and immunoprophylaxis of avian diseases. In the years 2012 -2016 National Head of Specialization No. 5 “Diseases of poultry and ornamental birds.” He conducted research on the epidemiology of coccidiosis in broiler chickens in Poland and new patterns of prevention of this invasion. In his team they conducted research on the molecular diagnosis of coccidiosis. Within the scope of his interests are also problems of diagnosis and treatment of pigeons coccidiosis. The author of the project “Eimeriana Avia” and co-organizer of the First International Technical Conference ” Poultry coccidiosis – current challenges AD 2016.