Andreas Baumler (University of Carlifornia, USA)

Andreas Baumler is a Professor at the University of California, Dept. Med. Microbiol. & Immunol., School of Medicine. He is also Editor in Chief for “Infection and Immunity”. Andreas’ expertise lies in interaction of enteric pathogens (Salmonella, E. coli, Citrobacter) with the host and its microbiota.

Evy Goossens (Ghent, Belgium)

Evy Goossens studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the Ghent University (Belgium). After obtaining her Msc in 2010, she completed her PhD working on C. perfringens associated necro-haemorrhagic enteritis in veal calves, at the lab of prof. Van Immerseel. Since 2016, Evy works as a post-doctoral researcher focussing on gut health in livestock production. Furthermore, the work on C. perfringens associated enteric diseases in poultry and cattle is still ongoing. She supervises multiple PhD students and works in collaboration with industrial partners. Her interests centre on host-pathogen and host-microbiome interactions, and how these influence health and disease. Methods employed reach from anaerobic microbiology to microbial engineering, NGS sequencing (microbiome sequencing, whole genome sequencing, RNAseq), bioinformatics and measurements of host-pathogen interactions.

Michael Kogut (USDA, US)

Dr. Kogut is a Research Microbiologist and Lead Scientist within the Food and Feed Safety research Unit at the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, College Station, TX, USA.  Dr. Kogut has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers,11 book chapters, and has received 5 patents.  Dr. Kogut’s research is centered on gut health of poultry and alternatives to antibiotics to control disease and increase production.  Specifically, Dr. Kogut’s research has concentrated on the development of cost-effective immunological interventions to improve gut health by studying the role of the microbiota in immunity to infection; the role of dietary metabolites in promoting immune regulation and immune responses to pathogens; tissue specific regulatory responses to infection; characterizing novel molecular targets that mediate the actions of dietary compounds and botanicals in inflammation and immunity; investigating how diet modulates the gut microbiome and mucosal immune responses; and understanding the integration of central metabolic pathways and nutrient sensing with antimicrobial immunity and how it alters cellular energy homeostasis and contributes to the prevention or resolution of infectious diseases.

Rob Moore (RMIT Melbourne, Australia)

Rob is Professor of Biotechnology and leads the Host-Microbe Interactions Laboratory in the School of Science at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and had post-doctoral positions in Edinburgh and London. Before joining RMIT he worked at CSIRO, an Australian government research institute, and in the R&D department of a multi-national animal health company.

His group has made significant contributions to understanding necrotic enteritis in chickens; (a) discovering the major virulence factor of Clostridium perfringens, NetB; (b) demonstrating the importance of bacterial adhesion in disease pathogenesis; (c) developing protective vaccines against necrotic enteritis; and (d) contributing to our understanding of the genomic diversity amongst C. perfringens isolates from chickens.

In other research, his group recently characterised an emerging bacterial pathogen of poultry, Campylobacter hepaticus, that causes Spotty Liver Disease in layers, a disease which is major challenge for the Australian poultry industry and is being increasingly recognised in other parts of the world. His group has also published extensively on the gut microbiota of chickens and undertakes research into ways to manipulate microbiota to improve health and productivity outcomes.

Andy Butterworth (Bristol, UK)

Andy was a practitioner in mixed veterinary practice in the UK (1992-98), and then moved from veterinary practice to carry out research in Clinical Veterinary Science, at the University of Bristol Vet School (1998-2019).
Andy is recognised at a national and international level for his work on poultry health and welfare, animal health, animal welfare, disease and production systems.
He is part of the international training business AWT Animal Welfare Training.
Andy was a member of the EFSA Animal Health and Welfare Panel 2015-18, and is a current member of the Defra AWC committee, which advises government on Animal Health and Welfare. He has over 250 Book, Scientific and Trade publications.

Doug R. Korver (Alberta, CA)

Doug Korver received a Ph. D. in nutrition from the University of California, Davis.  Doug’s research program has a strong applied research focus; relevance to the poultry industry remains an important consideration in his approach to research.  In addition to practical research on feedstuff quality and dietary supplement evaluation in poultry diets, Doug’s work focuses on nutrition-immune function interactions and bone biology in meat- and egg-type poultry.  Doug currently teaches introductory animal nutrition and poultry nutrition courses at the undergraduate level, and is a co-instructor for a graduate-level course in advanced animal nutrition and metabolism.  In addition, he has conducted field research trials in commercial poultry facilities in Canada, Colombia and Ecuador.  In 2016, he spent a 6-month sabbatical in Colombia, working with a major broiler integrator.  He is currently part of the National Research Council’s committee to revise and update the 1994 Nutrient Requirements of Poultry.

Randall Singer (University of Minnesota, United States)

Randall Singer is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his DVM and MPVM from UC Davis in 1995. He received his PhD in Epidemiology from UC Davis in 1999 studying E. coli cellulitis of broiler chickens.  Dr. Singer’s research and educational program has focused on predicting the emergence, spread and persistence of infectious diseases. In 2000 he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Clinton for his work on antibiotic resistance.  Since that time, he has devoted most of his research program to this topic.  Between 2006 and 2010 he served on the U.S. Delegation to the Codex Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance and is now serving again on the U.S. Delegation to this renewed Task Force that held its third meeting in December 2019.  He has spoken twice to the U.S. House of Representatives on this topic and served as a voting member of the U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from 2015 to 2019.

Damer Blake (Royal Veterinary College, UK)

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 and working towards new, cost-effective anticoccidial vaccines. Damer joined the Royal Veterinary College in 2010, becoming Professor of Parasite Genetics in 2016. Current research strands include population genetic analyses of recognised and cryptic Eimeria species, development of novel vaccine delivery strategies, understanding the genetic basis of host resistance to coccidiosis and interactions of Eimeria with bacterial microbiota of poultry. Recent work includes the use of Eimeria and yeast as vaccine vectors and microbiome/metagenomics studies exploring the impact of host genotype, immune status and production system. In 2017 Damer became Editor-in-Chief of the journal Avian Pathology.

Colin Hill (Cork, IE)

Colin Hill has a Ph.D in molecular microbiology and is Professor of Microbial Food Safety in the School of Microbiology of University College Cork, Ireland. His main interests are on the human gut microbiome, particularly on the virome (the viruses and bacteriophage). He is also interested in the antimicrobial effects of probiotics, bacteriocins, and bacteriophage. He is a Principal Investigator in APC Microbiome Ireland in Cork, a large research centre devoted to the study of the role of the gut microbiota in health and disease.

In 2005 Prof. Hill was awarded a D.Sc by the National University of Ireland in recognition of his contributions to research. In 2009 he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy and in 2010 he received the Metchnikoff Prize in Microbiology and was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. He has published more than 570 papers and holds 25 patents. He was president of ISAPP from 2012-2015.

Filip Van Immerseel (Ghent, Belgium)

Filip Van Immerseel received a Master in Bio-engineering Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in 1999, and a Master in Laboratory Animal Sciences at Ghent University in 2004. He received a PhD in Veterinary Medical Sciences at Ghent University in 2004, studying intestinal immune cell infiltration after Salmonella infection of chickens, and environmental triggers in the gut that influence Salmonella invasion. After a post-doc period, he was appointed as Research Professor by Ghent University in 2008. Currently he is Professor at the Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University in Belgium and is head of a research group that studies host-bacterium interactions. Filip Van Immerseel currently has more than 170 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, has written book chapters and edited books on Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens and is a well-known speaker at international events. He is editor of the journal Avian Pathology and involved in many international collaborative research networks.

Maarten De Gussem (Poeke, Belgium)

Maarten De Gussem graduated as a DVM from University of Ghent Veterinary School in 2000 with a thesis on Infectious Bursal Disease Virus at the University of Arkansas, USA. He began working in the field at DEGUDAP group practice in France, The Netherlands and Belgium, dealing with layers, breeders, broilers and turkeys.
In 2001, Maarten joined the division of J&J Global Poultry Technical Manager at Janssen Animal Health, with focus on coccidiosis, gut health, helminthosis, histomonosis and red mite. In 2009, Vetworks was founded by Maarten, servicing the poultry industry with a global team of specialists and providing support on poultry health topics all over the world, with focus on mycoplasmosis, general gut health and coccidiosis
Maarten De Gussem is also author of Broiler Signals.

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