CGD arranges seminars, workshops, postgraduate courses and other training activities.
For information on upcoming activities, go to the CGD calendar.
Previous activities 2020
Webinar: Animals and humans from a pandemic perspective
One Health webinar #4 - “Vector borne diseases”
2020-10-13. Speakers: Professor Baldwyn Torto, Icipe and Sharon Hill, SLU. More information about the webinar about vector brone diseases.
Seminar: Why do we need multidisciplinary collaboration to successfully prevent livestock diseases?
2020-04-23. Speakers: Professor Susanna Sternberg Lewerin and Associate Professor Klara Fischer. More information about the seminar about livestock diseases.
Seminar: Milk as a tool to fight poverty
2020-03-18. A cross-disciplinary seminar with focus on global milk production with special emphasis on low-income countries. Programme and more information about the seminar about milk and poverty.
Workshop on antimicrobial resistance
2020-03-04. A workshop about antimicrobial resistance in collaboration with SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health. The aim of the workshop was to survey AMR research within SLU, create a network for AMR researchers and plan AMR activities that can be organized by CGD and SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health in 2020. Programme and more information about the AMR-worskhop.
CGD award for best scientific publication 2019
Deadline for submission of nominees was 1 April. The winner will be announced in May.
Seminar on important transboundary animal diseases of small livestock
A seminar organized in Uppsala 2019-12-12.
CGD award for best scientific publication 2018
The winner of the best scientific publication 2018 was Dr. Paulius Baltrušis.
Country-led agri-food solutions for improved nutrition and health: What have we learned?
A seminar with Dr John McDermott, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).
"Taenia solium: the vicious worm" & "Cartilage tissue regeneration in vitro"
CGD Lunch seminar 24 April in Tanngrisner 1, VHC, SLU with Dr. Kabemba Evans Mwape & Dr. Eugene Bwalya from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia.
The Brucella vaccine competition & the challenges with global equine welfare
Lunch seminar 19 April with Professor Brian Perry - a world-leading expert in applied veterinary epidemiology who has made outstanding contributions to animal welfare and animal health in developing countries.
Salmonella control in cattle
On April 6, different national approaches, situations, and strategies to Salmonella control in cattle were presented and discussed by Prof Liza Rosenbaum, Section for Animal Welfare and Disease Control, Copenhagen University, Dr Jonas Carlsson, VÄXA Sverige, and Dr Maarten Weber, GD Animal Health, The Netherlands.
- Prof Liza Rosenbaum. Danish approach to control of salmonellain cattle (pdf).
- Dr Jonas Carlsson. Control of Salmonella in Swedish cattle herds (pdf)
- Dr Maarten Weber. Control of Salmonella spp. in Dutch dairy herds (pdf).
Linking One Health Research and Capacity Building to Communities: A case of brucellosis zoonotic disease study in Hoima District, Uganda
Seminar 10 May, with Dr. Lawrence Mugisha, Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University.
He is involved in EcoHealth scientific research with major emphasis on infectious diseases at the wildlife-human-livestock interface (One Health Concept).
Challenges for disease control: need for a South - North collaboration
Seminar 11 May.
Zoonoses and animals in the city
Seminar Wednesday 24 May at 9.00-12.00 in lecture hall Ratatosk, entrance floor VHC.
Winner of the 2017 CGD award for best scientific publication
Wednesday 14 June Elisabeth Lindahl-Rajala received the award and presented the study Detection and characterization of Brucella spp. in bovine milk in small-scale urban and peri-urban farming in Tajikistan.
The global burden of foodborne diseases - Estimates from the WHO Foodborne Diseases Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG)
Fred Angulo from CDC, USA, 27 Jan.
Rift Valley Fever virus in Mozambique
Dr José Fafetine from Biotechnology Centre, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Feb.
A visit among penguins – the start-up phase of a project
Dr Maja Malmberg, Dept Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, SLU, 16 Mar.
Characterisation of Dichelobacter nodosus and detection of Fusobacterium necrophorum and Treponema spp. in sheep with different clinical manifestations of footrot
Sara Frosth, PhD student at the Dept of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, SLU. Sara received the CGD annual award for best scientific publication 2016 at this seminar, 31 May.
Panel on the theme One Health
The CGD hosted a panel on the theme One Health at the Development Research Conference, Global Visions and Local Practices, Development Research in a Post-2015 World, in Stockholm 22-24 Aug.
Changing Disease Landscapes: Major Trends and What it Means to You?
Juan Lubroth, Chief Veterinary Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 30 Aug.
African Swine Fever in Tanzania
Dr Gerald Misinzo professor in veterinary virology at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, 8 Dec.
Brucellosis control in endemic settings in the Middle East
Dr Javier Guitian from the Royal Veterinary College in London. UK, 8 Dec.Annual report 2016.
Brucella infection in livestock and wildlife
Seminar at VHC May 12.
The Brucella bacteria family comprises several species with various mammalian species as preferred hosts. Brucella spp. is present world-wide and the different species have different virulence in different hosts. In several livestock species and humans Brucella spp. may cause the disease brucellosis – also known to be one of the world’s most prevalent zoonotic diseases. In this seminar will novel data as well as an updated overview regarding brucella infection in different mammals be discussed.
Oceans of brucellae – Brucellae in marine mammals and fish, Dr. Ingebjørg Nymon, University of Tromsø
Brucella infections at the Wildlife/Livestock/Human interface, Professor Jacques Godfroid, University of Tromsø
The Annual Award for Best Scientific Publication
The CGD Annual Award for Best Scientific Publication Seminar 3 June at VHC
The winner of this year's award is Neonatal Piglet Diarrhoea Associated with Enteroadherent Enterococcus hirae by J. Larsson, R. Lindberg, A. Aspan, R. Grandon, E. Westergren and M. Jacobson, J. Comp. Path. 2014, Vol. 151, 137-147.
The CGD reference group selected this publication because "The authors have nicely combined several classical and modern methods to answer a research question regarding a globally important disease syndrome (in pigs)”.
Jenny Larsson, PhD student at the Department of Clinical Sciences, presented her research on neonatal diarrhoea in piglets during the seminar.
Pest des petite ruminants and Caprine contagious pleuropneumonia in Tajikistan
Dr. Nosirjon Sattorov from the Tajik Agrarian University and Tajik Agrarian Academy of Science visited the Department of Clinical Sciences for a teacher exchange. He shared his many years of experiences from working with PPR and CCPP in Tajikistan at a seminar at VHC 26 Sep. For example the introduction, epidemiology and control efforts were discussed.
Biosecurity and Safety of the Broiler Meat Chain in Egypt: Facing Challenges through Scientific Collaboration, the Model of the Swedish Research Links Project
Seminar Thursday 17th September, 14:00, Room Tanngrisner 1, VHC, SLU
Presenter: Dr Ihab Habib, Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology, Murdoch University – Perth, Western Australia.
Food security remains at the top of Egypt’s priority list of which securing sufficient animal protein is the most challenging task. Poultry production in both the commercial and rural sectors can provide a quick and a most cost effective solutions for this nutritional problem. Commercial poultry production in Egypt contributes annual production of 1 billion broiler birds and 8 billion table eggs. Since 2006, the Egyptian poultry sector has been severely damaged by continuous outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which highlighted serious challenges in the broiler farms. Poor biosecurity and hygienic practices at broiler farms, combined with a distribution chain dominated by wet market sale and consumer preference to freshly slaughtered birds, provide an excellent environment for spread of many broiler meat borne diseases, notably campylobacteriosis. In Egypt, Campylobacter is a leading cause of pediatric diarrhea with infants and one year olds experiencing 1.2 and 0.4 episodes per year, respectively. In such hyper-endemic settings, the burden of Campylobacter diarrhea could be substantial. The gap of knowledge about the epidemiology of Campylobacter in food sources hinders accurate assessment of the human health burden. Funded by the Swedish Research Council, Partners from Sweden (the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Swedish National Veterinary Institute), Egypt (High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University), and Australia (School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University) will be collaborating in order to generate baseline data on prevalence and counts of Campylobacter in retail chicken meat, study the genotypic diversity, antimicrobial resistance, and virulence of Campylobacter isolates; and to develop a quantitative model for human infection risk from consumption of broiler meat in Egypt.
Prior joining Murdoch University, Dr. Habib worked as a researcher in the Laboratory of Food Microbiology at Ghent University in Belgium, and lecturer in the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (Division of Veterinary Public Health) at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and a scientist at the Bio-resources Unit of the Austrian Institute of Technology in Austria, and lecturer of Food Hygiene in the High Institute of Public Health at Alexandria University in Egypt.
Annual report 2015
Exotic livestock diseases - a Swedish issue?
Why conduct research on infectious diseases we don't have? Is the money not better spent by focusing on the endemic diseases affecting livestock?
Sweden has been very successful in controlling and eradicating infectious animal diseases, including zoonoses, throughout the years, examples being brucellosis and Classical Swine Fever. However, during the last decade we have experienced outbreaks of exotic diseases, such as Bluetongue and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Outbreaks of other exotic diseases have also occurred in Europe, the most recent example being African Swine Fever in Eastern Europe. Altogether, these diseases have serious consequences for food security, animal welfare, public health, economy and international trade. On the other hand, it is the endemic diseases that are most costly for the livestock producers. What are the justifications to do research on exotic livestock diseases in Sweden and Europe?
These questions were discussed during an international seminar at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences.
- Brucellosis – an emerging disease with public health implications? Dr Bruno Garin-Bastuji, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety.
- African Swine Fever emerging in Europe – what can we learn from Africa? Dr Cecilia Hultén, National Veterinary Institute (SVA) and Dr Karl Ståhl, SVA and SLU.
- Challenges to on-farm biosecurity; international differences and similarities. Prof Susanna Sternberg Lewerin, SLU.
- International and national perspectives on Peste des Petits Ruminants research. Dr Jonas Johansson Wensman, SLU.
- What is the risk for spread of exotic disease carrying vectors within Europe? Dr Anders Lindström, SVA
- Discussion. Prof Ulf Magnusson, SLU-global.
Annual report 2014
Identifying, assessing and communicating emerging threats to human health posed by infectious diseases - how is it done?
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe's defences against infectious diseases.
On Wednesday 13th March, 2013, Birgitta de Jong, a senior expert from ECDC, presented how the agency is working with infectious diseases in Europe and how threats against human health are detected. She also gave practical examples of how different networks are acting in ECDC.
Antimicrobial resistance - how a problem anywhere can end up anywhere else
Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing challenge for public and animal health. Moreover, certain types of antimicrobial resistance can spread from animals to man or the other way around. Multidisciplinary collaboration is key for any strategy aiming to contain the problem
This was discussed on April 23rd 2013 by Assoc Prof Christina Greko, the National Veterinary Institute.
Contagious animal diseases - the science behind trade policies and regulations
As international trade is growing the risk of spreading severe animal diseases is increasing. Outbreaks of these diseases have a negative impact on regional and global food security and cause trade restrictions, with subsequent long-term economic effects.
This symposium discussed the complex of problems associated with trade and control of contagious animal diseases from a scientific perspective.
Click on the titel to download the presentation as a pdf-file.
- The magnitude and value of international trade with animal products (pdf), Dr Erik Fahlbeck, Deputy Director General and chief analyst, Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communication
- The Swedish perspective on international trade of animals and animal products (pdf), Dr Bengt Larsson, Head of disease control strategies, Swedish Board of Agriculture
- Economics of animal-derived food – costs and benefits in a global market (pdf), Prof. Katharina Stärk, SOFOSO, Switzerland
- Science Versus Policy in Controlling Transboundary Animal Diseases (pdf), Dr. Klaus Depner, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany
- Foot and Mouth Disease vaccination is effective: Quantification of FMD transmission with and without vaccination (pdf), Dr. Aldo Dekker, Central Veterinary Institute of Wageningen UR, the NL
- The impact of contagious animal disease on food and nutrition security and human health (pdf), Dr. Delia Grace, ILRI, Kenya
- Emerging science, public pressure and the vagaries of policy-making (pdf), Prof. William Hueston, University of Minnesota, the US
Prof. Susanna Sternberg Lewerin was the moderator of the day.
A seminar on Participatory Epidemiology was held on Oct 18th, 2013, by Dr. Delia Grace, the International Livestock Research Institute. The seminar was organised together with the National Veterinary Institute.
During the seminar the theory of participatory epidemiology was discussed, illustrated by some practical examples. There was also a discussion on how to validate and present results obtained from Participatory Epidemiology.
Dynamic drivers of disease emergence in Africa
A number of factors have been proposed to contribute to the emergence of infectious diseases, but the mechanisms behind this are not always well understood, and sometimes the effects of single factors can be contradictory. To get a better understanding of drivers of disease a number of case studies are being conducted in Africa.
A study from Kenya focusing on the effects of land use in the shape of irrigation schemes was discussed . Irrigation schemes may contribute to changes in the incidence of vector-borne diseases, as well as changes in biodiversity among birds and mammals, and thereby also change the dynamics of other diseases.
This seminar was held by Dr Johanna Lindahl, SLU postdoc at International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya on dec 13th, 2013.
Annual report 2013
Risk and threats - the way to research success or panic?
We are often faced with challenges of how to communicate research in a society perspective without exaggerate risks. We are also focusing on risks in research applications at the same time as we discuss how to handle risks at a reasonable level.
Are we exaggerating risks to get research funding? Is it worth doing research on non-risks? What is the role of media?
This was discussed during a seminar Feb 16, 2012 by Anna Olofsson, professor in sociology at the Mid University, Östersund and Head of the Risk and Crisis Research Center. Prof Olofsson gave a talk on risk communication and risk perception. This was followed by a panel discussion.
Disease transmission in a superorganism system
In honey bees transmission of pathogens occur at both the individual level (between bees) and at the colony level (between colonies). Furthermore, both vertical and horizontal pathogen transmission occur at both levels. High virulence at the individual level will increase pathogen fitness only if this translates to increased transmission at the colony level.
On Feb 29, 2012 a seminar was held that discussed pathogen transmission in honey bees, presented some important pathogens (in particular viruses) and how they are transmitted, and described how honey bees can be used as a model system for disease transmission in mammals.
Invited speakers from the Department of Ecology, SLU were:
- Ingemar Fries
- Joachim de Miranda
- Eva Forsgren
- Olle Terenius
Animal health as a tool for poverty reduction
- A short introduction was given by Assoc Prof Sofia Boqvist.
- Prof Brian Perry, former International Livestock Institute (ILRI), Kenya discussed on how livestock, and animal health, contribute to poverty reduction and the conflicting roles and perceptions of livestock. He also discussed other aspects such as population growth, increased global meat consumption and trade.
- Dr Katinka De Balogh, FAO, Rome, emphazised the importance of the One Health concept for public health and poverty alleviation. She also discussed the important work of the FAO during the global outbreak of avian influenza and emphasized the importance of rabies in Africa.
- Assoc Prof Björn Vinnerås, SLU/SVA, showed how recycling systems can be used to treat manure and to produce highly nutritious animal feed, for example by use of vermicomposts.
- Dr Karl Ståhl, SLU/SVA discussed the importance of African Swine Fever for the pig production in Africa. He also discussed trade and the wild life / domestic animal interface as important routes for disease spread.
Infectious diseases with no borders
On May 25, 2012, a day within the course Infectious diseaes for the veterinary students was devoted to discuss different aspects on infectious diseases with no borders.
The following diseases and aspects were discussed:
- introduction to global spread of infectious diseases
- vector borne diseases
- food borne infections from a EU perspective
The molecular epidemiology of Foot and Mouth Disease in Uganda
Implications for disease control in an endemic country
This seminar highlighted the available information regarding the FMD epidemics in Uganda and the level and extent of research in this field in this region. It illustrated how appropriate research can contribute towards FMD control.
The seminar was given by Dr. Charles Masembe, Makerere University, Uganda.
Top Model - How to maximize knowledge synthesis of infectious animal diseases
A seminar was given on Monday 24th Sept to discuss how we can integrate infectious medicine, microbiology and modeling to synthesize knowledge. In this way, use of collected materials or materials to be collected can be maximized. As models often form the basis for policy-making, more insight into the art of modeling is useful to scientists in all fields.
The following presentations were given:
Classical Swine Fever in China: current problems, control measures and future perspectives
This seminar was given on 28th Sept 2012 and discussed the Classical swine fever virus (CSFV), one of the major problems in pig production in China. Even though the famous vaccine C-strain against CSF was invented in China 60 years ago, classical swine fever remains a major threat on animal health and welfare.
Them seminar was given by Prof. Hua-Ji Qiu, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute (HVRI), China. Prof. Qiu illustrated his findings on the vaccine and his research on development a novel marker vaccine.
Infection biology of Borrelia spirochetes
Prof. Sven Bergström is studying two diseases caused by the spirochete Borrelia: Lyme disease and relapsing fever. His research includes studying the role of migratory birds in moving infected ticks across broad geographical regions, characterizing pathogenic mechanisms, and how quiescent bacteria infections can be reactivated by subsequent infections with other pathogens including parasites.
On October 17, Prof Bergström gave a seminar with focus on microbial virulence, antigenic variation of surface antigens, function of porins, permeases and transporters in pathogenic microbes in Borrelia spp. He discussed how to use molecular and biophysical tools and animal models are used to understand the pathogenesis of these pathogens.
Annual report 2012
Inauguration of the CGD
The inauguration of the CGD took place on Nov 8, 2011, with a seminar focusing on the global importance of contagious animal diseases.
- Assistant Vice chancellor Johan Schnürer and Vice dean for research and cooperation Lotta Berg welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of the CGD, both from a SLU and a VH faculty perspective.
- Dr. David Ward, veterinary consultant with vast experience from the FAO, was invited as the keynote speaker. He held a presentation on global brucellosis control and the importance of SLU’s research on contagious animal diseases.
- Prof. Mikael Berg presented past, present and future aspects on avian influenza
- Dr. Johanna Lindahl exhibited the importance of Japanese encephalitis virus in urban pig farming
- Prof. Richard Zeurner presented leptospirosis as a zoonotic disease of global importance
- Assoc. prof. Susanna Sternberg Lewerin finished by discussing research as a way of improving animal disease contingency.
Will Rift valley fever be the next epizootic in Europe?
This was discussed during a seminar on Nov 25, SLU.
- Dr Osama Ahmed Hassan from the Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan and Dept of Clinical Microbiology at Umeå University was invited key note speaker. He gave a talk on Rift Valley fever: from the local to global concern. Lessons learnt from the 2007 outbreak in Sudan.
This was followed by presentations on:
- Historical spred of Rift Valley Fever. Susanna Sternberg Lewerin, Assoc Prof, Dept of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health
- Rift Valley fever virus transmission and infection mechanisms. Magnus Evander, PhD, Professor Virology, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Division of Virology, Umeå University
- Medical countermeasures against Rift Valley fever.Jonas Näslund, PhD, Department of CBRN Defence and Security, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Umeå
The seminar was organised in cooperation with The Centre for Climate Change and Animal Health, National Veterinary Institute and Infection Ecology & Epidemiology network.
International course in Control and Research of Infectious Diseases
This course was given Dec 6-13, 2011 for veterinarians from the Tajiki Agrarian University (TAU) in Tajikistan and is a component in a SLU - TAU research cooperation.