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The physics of animal health

Posted on 05/03/2018

Veterinary medicine has an essential impact on our society through its role in the safeguarding of both animal and human health. 

Veterinary medicine has a key role to play in monitoring and controlling zoonotic disease (infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans) and ensuring food safety and supply through the maintenance of livestock health and production.

As global demand for food continues to rise rising, driven by factors such as population growth and climate change, new challenges arise for food safety and animal health, requiring diverse and innovative solutions.

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham is hosting a workshop on 12-13 April 2018 with the aim of growing the community of biologists, clinicians and industry professionals engaging with physicists to solve important animal health problems.

Discussions will focus around strategic research areas which impact on disease resistance, food security and safety.  The structure of the workshop is intended to demonstrate the insights which may be gained from studying the physics of animal health and the resulting impact that can be achieved.  As well as plenary talks there will be sessions designed to seed the development of new collaborative projects.

Invited speakers and group discussions will focus on three key areas:

  • Mechanisms of disease resistance
  • Impact of biological structure on disease
  • Enhanced breeding technologies

The workshop on Insights and Impact from the Physics of Animal Health will take place at the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington Campus on 12-13 April 2018. You can find out more and register here. The registration deadline is 23 March 2018.

If you would like to discuss opportunities for innovation in animal health you can contact KTN’s Agri-Food Team.

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