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Prion Diseases Domestic Livestock International Conference

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Subject: Prion Diseases of Domestic Livestock International Conference 28th – 30th May 2006
Date: March 3, 2006 at 6:51 am PST
Supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs TAFS

Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA)

International Forum for TSEs and Food Safety (TAFS)

OIE Reference Laboratories for Switzerland & Japan

will host an:

International Conference

Prion Diseases of Domestic Livestock

Radisson Edwardian Hotel, London

28th – 30th May 2006

BSE was first recognised in 1986 and was followed 10 years later by the announcement in 1996 of the first cases of variant CJD in humans. This conference marks key anniversaries of these significant events by:-

celebrating some of the successes in addressing the national and global challenges posed by BSE and related prion diseases

demonstrating the positive impact that science has had on the formulation and implementation of national controls and trade rules that enable cost-effective risk reduction for both animals and man

The conference follows immediately after the General Assembly of the OIE in Paris in order to facilitate onward travel to London. It will however also be of interest to a wide range of governmental enforcement agencies and food industry companies that aim to guarantee the safety of food products in the face of public concerns about the dangers presented by prion diseases of cattle and small ruminants.

Further details of conference and social programmes will be announced as soon as possible.

Supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs TAFS

Prion Diseases of Domestic Livestock - Provisional Programme


Day 1

B Vallat, OIE

The epidemiology of BSE and options for control
John Wilesmith, UK

BSE: Phenotypes, case definitions and strains
Marion Simmons, UK

Atypical BSE
Thierry Baron, France

The epidemiology of CJD
Bob Will, UK

Geographical risk assessments, the importance of source data
Dagmar Heim, Switzerland

The epidemiology of scrapie
Matthew Baylis, UK

Scrapie: phenotypes, case definitions and strains
Martin Jeffrey, UK


The role of genetics in the epidemiology and pathogenesis of scrapie
Nora Hunter, UK

Approaches to breeding for resistance – the UK experience
Mike Dawson, UK

The potential adverse consequences of breeding for resistance
Steve Bishop, UK

Breeding for resistance in the face of an outbreak of scrapie
Sue Tongue, UK

Evidence for changes in incidence of prion diseases in small ruminants in the UK
Victor del rio Vilas, UK

The search for BSE in sheep – interpretation of test data
Simon Gubbins, UK

Day 2

The pathogenesis of BSE
Gerald Wells, UK

Infectivity in the peripheral nerves of cattle
Takashi Yokoyama, Japan

Assessing risk to define policy
Philip Comer, UK

Risk communication in the absence of data
Conrad Brunk, Canada

Feed bans and options for monitoring compliance
Lukas Perler, Switzerland

Use or disposal of animal by-products; safe processing and/or safe sourcing
Stephen Woodgate, EFPRA

Panel discussion
Invited speakers

Scientific Session
The pathogenesis of BSE in sheep
Sue Bellworthy, UK

The pathogenesis of scrapie in small ruminants
Olivier Andreoletti, France

Pre-clinical diagnosis of scrapie by rectal biopsy: towards live animal surveillance
Lorenzo Gonzalez, UK

Day 3

An overview of diagnostic tests for prion diseases
Martin Groschup, Germany

The evaluation of post-mortem diagnostic tests in the EU
To be confirmed

The OIE approach to the evaluation and approval of diagnostic tests
Steven Edwards, UK/OIE

Surveillance strategies for BSE in the EU
Koen van Dyck, European Commission

Surveillance strategies for BSE world wide – the OIE approach
John Kellar, Canada

The role of passive surveillance and recognition of clinical signs
Timm Konold, UK

The OIE and international trade at acceptable risk
Alex Thiermann, OIE

The role of the OIE Reference Laboratory
Torsten Seuberlich Switzerland

Scientific Session
Molecular characterisation of scrapie – the evaluation of methods
Mick Stack, UK

Biological characterisation of scrapie
To be confirmed

Supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs TAFS

Prion Diseases in Domestic Livestock

Poster session

The poster session at the conference will be reserved for National Reference Laboratories from around the world, rather than research laboratories.

Laboratories are invited to present a poster describing: -

• Their national surveillance programmes for BSE and scrapie

• Methods used for case acquisition

• Sampling methods

• Test methods for primary screening and confirmation, results and epidemiological analyses

Laboratories that wish to present posters should submit an abstract, maximum 400 words, to the email address below so that the organisers can anticipate both demand and quality.

The abstracts must list

• The names of all relevant authors

• The submitting laboratory

• A primary corresponding author

The scientific committee will review abstracts and those selected will be included in documentation at the conference.

Abstracts should be submitted by email, headed CONFERENCE ABSTRACT, by 30th January 2006 to [email protected] .

The conference web site is now live

but not quite ready for registration of attendees

The web-site address is




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