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From: TSS ()
Subject: International Conference Prion Diseases of Domestic Livestock, London 28th - 30th May 2006
Date: November 2, 2005 at 1:05 pm PST

Supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


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


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

as possible.

Supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Prion Diseases of Domestic Livestock - Provisional Programme

Presentations Speakers

Opening 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

Day 1



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

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


Stephen Woodgate,




Panel discussion Invited speakers

The pathogenesis of BSE in sheep Sue Bellworthy, UK

The pathogenesis of scrapie in small ruminants Olivier Andreoletti, France

Day 2



Pre-clinical diagnosis of scrapie by rectal biopsy: towards live

animal surveillance Lorenzo Gonzalez, UK

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


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


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

Day 3


Session Biological characterisation of scrapie To be confirmed

Supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


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

20th January 2006 to

The conference web site is now live

but not quite ready for registration of attendees

The web-site address is


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