Animal Genetics and Diseases

20 - 22 September 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    This new conference will bring together specialists working on the
    interface between genomics, genetic engineering and infectious disease
    with the aims of improving animal and human health and welfare.

    Breakthroughs in genomic technologies have rapidly increased scientific
    understanding of the fundamental role that host and pathogen genetics
    play in how infections spread, and how they further affect the
    productivity of livestock systems and food supply chains. We have now the
    tools for real-time surveillance of zoonoses affecting wildlife, farm
    animals and animal-to-human disease transmission.

    This meeting will showcase recent advances in genomics, genome editing,
    and mathematical techniques to understand disease resistance, pathogen
    evolution and vaccination success. We will discuss the progress and the
    lessons learned from combining genomic technologies with advanced
    quantitative methods to combat epidemics and improve livestock systems.
    The programme will also present advances of precision medicine in
    companion animals, translational medicine, as well as the societal issues
    and challenges surrounding animal welfare and regulation.

    We encourage registrations from researchers, breeding companies and
    technical specialists interested in disseminating and learning the latest
    cutting-edge techniques and methodologies across model species, wildlife,
    livestock and companion animals.

    *Photograph credit: The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh &
    Landcatch Natural Selection Ltd.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday, 20
    September and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 22 September 2017.

    Scientific sessions

    • Genetics of the immune response and disease resistance
    • Genetically engineered livestock (including genome editing)
    • Quantitative genetics and epigenetics applied to disease 
    • Epidemiology and pathogen evolution
    • Bioinformatics, comparative and functional genomics
    • Precision medicine of animal companions
    • Societal issues and challenges, including animal welfare and regulation

    A draft programme is available.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Leif Andersson Uppsala University, Sweden
    Andrea Doeschl-Wilson
    The Roslin Institute, UK
    Mark Fife
    The Pirbright Institute, UK
    Helen Sang
    The Roslin Institute, UK

    Keynote speaker
    Peter Parham
    Stanford University, USA

    Confirmed speakers
    Dan Andersson Uppsala University, Sweden
    Katie Beckett
    Regulatory Delivery, BEIS Government Department, UK
    Linda Dixon
    The Pirbright Institute, UK
    Krista Fischer
    University of Tartu, Estonia
    Michel Georges
    University of Liège, Belgium
    Liz Glass
    University of Edinburgh, UK
    John Hammond
    The Pirbright Institute, UK
    Ross Houston
    The Roslin Institute, UK
    Linda Keeling
    Swedish University of
    Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
    Pieter Knap
    Genus-PIC, Germany
    Susan Lamont
    Iowa State University, USA
    Louise Matthews
    University of Glasgow, UK
    Vish Nene
    International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya
    Elaine Ostrander
    National Institutes of Health, USA
    Benjamin Schusser
    Technical University of Munich, Germany
    Anna Wargelius
    Institute of Marine Research, Norway

    Conference organiser
    Gemma Wilkins Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £230
    Student On site twin accommodation £331
    Student On site single accommodation £394
    Academic No accommodation £330
    Academic On site twin accommodation £431
    Academic On site single accommodation £494
    Commercial No accommodation £430
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £531
    Commercial On site single accommodation £594

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: Closed

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 20 and 21 September 2017.
    Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be
    allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early
    registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application, once your application has been successful. Note
    that letters will be provided to confirmed attendee only.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website and information for general visitors and business

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Open for posters only

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    The organisers would like to thank the following companies for their