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International Conference on Livestock, Companion Animals and Wildlife Coronaviruses

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences


Thursday 25th May 2023 

08:30 - 09:00:  Registration 

09:00 - 09:05:  Welcome and introduction 

Professor. Louise Cosby (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)  
Dr Zoltan Penzes (CEVA Animal Health, Hungary) 

09:05 - 09:35 Keynote:  Professor Elma Tchilian (The Pirbright Institute, UK) *[Sponsored by the Royal Society of Biology] 
Porcine respiratory coronavirus as a model for acute respiratory coronavirus disease 

09:35 - 09:50   Dr Patrick Dunlop (Ulster University, UK)  
Somethings in the air: Efficacy of single pass UVC air treatment for the inactivation of coronavirus bioaerosols 

09:50 - 10:05   Dr Carlos López-Figueroa (IRTA-CReSA, Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal, Spain) 
Clinical, pathological and virological outcome of different strains of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in a neonatal pig model 

10:05 - 10:20 Dr Tristan Russell (University College Dublin, Ireland) 
Variation between Irish Bovine coronavirus Spike Coding Sequences and the Mebus strain used to design some vaccines 

10:20 - 11:00 Refreshments and Poster Session 

11:00 - 11:30 Keynote: Dr Tina Sørensen Dalgaard (Aarhus University, Denmark) 
Improvement of subunit vaccines against avian coronavirus infection by novel adjuvants 

11:30 - 11:45 Dr Olivier Touzelet (Queen’s University Belfast, UK) 
Repurposing Approved Drugs as Potent Antiviral Combinations to Treat COVID-19 Disease 

11:45 – 12:00 Dr Hannah Turkington (Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, UK) Immune Response to Bovine Respiratory Disease Associated Viruses in Calves 

12:00 - 13:15 Lunch and Poster Session 


Professor Margaret Hosie (University of Glasgow, UK)  
Professor Lucy Davison (Royal Veterinary College, UK) 
Professor Wim van der Poel (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) 

13:15 - 13:45  Keynote: Professor Gary Whittaker (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, USA) 
FCoV + FIP: Alice in Wonderland and the Red Queen 

13:45 - 14:15   Invited: Dr Emi Barker (University of Bristol, UK) 
Paradigm shifts in the diagnosis and treatment of feline infectious peritonitis 

14:15 - 14:30   Dr Marsha Wallace (University of Oxford; Royal Veterinary College, UK)  
Host susceptibility to coronavirus in pet cats: genomic and transcriptomic association with feline infectious peritonitis 

14:30 - 14:45  Ms Grace Tyson (University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, UK) 
Assessing the seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in UK domestic cats and characterising the feline anti-omicron response.  

15:00 - 15:15 Dr Amanda Seekings (Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK) 
SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant protects against homologous and heterologous variant re-infection and transmission in a mild/asymptomatic ferret model 

15:15 - 16:00 Refreshments and Poster Session 


16:00 - 16:30  Keynote: Dr Angela Bosco-Lauth (Colorado State University, USA) 
SARS-CoV-2 in Companion, Domestic, and Wild Animals 

16:30 - 16:45 Professor Alan Radford (University of Liverpool, UK) 
Emerging variants of canine enteric coronavirus associated with seasonal outbreaks of severe canine gastroenteric disease in the UK 

16:45 - 17:00 Flash Talk Session 

Dr Marsha Wallace (University of Oxford; Royal Veterinary College, UK)  

Genomic and transcriptomic signatures of innate immunity influence Canine Respiratory Coronavirus severity 

Dr Serban Morosan (Iasi University of Life Sciences, Romania) 
First reported cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in cats and dogs in Romania 

Ms Beatriz Tomeo-Martin (Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, Spain) 
SARS-CoV-2 in pets from infected family groups in a region of Spain 

17:00 - 17:30 Invited:  Dr John Hardham (Zoetis) *[Sponsored by the Microbiology Society] 
COVID-19 Zoonosis: Mitigating the risk to susceptible animals 

17:30 – 19:00 Free Time 

19:00 - 19:30 Drinks Reception 

19:30 Evening Dinner 



Evening Dinner Menu 


Cream of vegetable soup 


Main Course 

Chicken cordon bleu  

Stuffed with Irish whiskey cheddar. Wrapped in smoked rindless streaky bacon  

Porcini mushroom and tarragon sauce  


Sticky toffee pudding  
Ginger nut & pistachio crumb, maple toffee sauce  


Program: Friday 26th May 2023 

Dr Rachael Tarlinton (University of Nottingham, UK) 
Dr Dalan Bailey (The Pirbright Institute, UK) 
Professor Richard ‘Dez’ Delahay (Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK) 
Professor Dan Horton (University of Surrey) 

09:00 - 09:30  Keynote: Dr Marike Geldenhuys (University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Overview of wildlife coronavirus surveillance in Africa; Current knowledge and gaps 

09:30 - 09:45 Professor Richard ‘Dez’ Delahay (Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK) 
SARS-CoV-2 infection in European badgers  

09:45 - 10:00 Mr Kyle Perrins (United Kingdom Health Security Agency – UKHSA, UK) 
Screening of Wild Deer Populations for Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in the United Kingdom, 2020–2021 

10:00 - 10.15 Flash Talk Session 

Ms Nazia Thakur (The Pirbright Institute, UK) 
Assessing the Species Tropism of SARS-CoV-2 Variants to Determine the Risk of Sustained Virus Transmission In Wildlife 

Dr Gianpierro Zamperin (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Italy) 
Novel European badger coronavirus 

Dr Nicola Fletcher (University College Dublin, Ireland) 
SARS-CoV-2 seropositivity in a city population of wild fallow deer 

10:15 - 10:45 Refreshments and Poster Session 

10:45 - 11:15 Keynote: Professor Edison Durigon (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil) 
Brazilian National Network of Epidemiological Surveillance of Coronaviruses in Bats, Birds and other forest reservoirs in the context of One Health 

11:15 - 11:30 Dr Thomas DeLiberto (United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, USA) 
Status of SARS-CoV-2 in North American Wild Cervids 


Friday 26th May 2023 

11:30 - 11:45 Flash talks  

Dr Rachael Tarlinton (University of Nottingham, UK)  
Coronavirus diversity in UK wildlife 

Ms Andreia Cruz: (Porto University, Portugal) 

Molecular Detection and Characterization of Coronaviruses in European Hedgehogs from Portugal  


Miss Leira Fernandez-Bastit (IRTA-CReSA, Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal, Spain) 
The role of wildlife animals in the COVID-19 pandemic 

11:45 - 12:15 Keynote: Dr Zoltan Penzes (Ceva, Germany) 
Pandemic Preparedness or Panic Preservation?   

Can we compress the time needed to develop and apply effective vaccines to stop the spread of emerging zoonotic diseases? 

12:15 - 13:00  Lunch and Poster Session 

Dr Cyril Gay (USA Department of Agriculture – USDA) 
Dr Valeria Mariano (WOAH/STAR-IDAZ IRC) 


Vaccines/ Therapeutics 

Prof. Louise Cosby 
Dr Dalan Bailey 
Dr Zoltan Penzes 


Diagnostics/ Surveillance 

Dr Sharon Brookes 
Prof. Margaret Hosie 
Dr Dan Horton 


Prof. Wim van der Poel 
Prof. Richard Delahey 
Dr Rachael Tarlinton 


15:00 – 15:45 Post-Workshop Discussion and Feedback (via Nominated Lead) 

15:45 – 16:00 Poster and Presentation Prizes 
Dr Sharon Brookes, on behalf of the Microbiology Society 

16:00 – 16:15 Sponsors remarks and discission 

16:15 Meeting close 




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International Conference on Livestock, Companion Animals and Wildlife Coronaviruses
International Conference on Livestock, Companion Animals and Wildlife Coronaviruses