The European COST Action FA1207 “Towards control of Avian Coronaviruses: strategies for diagnosis, surveillance and vaccination” has brought together 176 experts from 25 countries in the field of Avian Coronavirus research.
For several decades, poultry production worldwide has been struggling with severe diseases and huge economic losses caused by Avian Coronavirus infections. The Action fostered European-wide collaborative research and technology exchange to reach a better understanding of the drivers of Avian Coronavirus diversity, pathogenicity, tissue tropism and cross protection.
The Action’s network also reached practical solutions and recommendations for:
- vaccination and challenge experiments,
- internationally harmonised nomenclature and genotyping method,
- detection and typing procedures (PDF),
- sampling protocol (PDF) for monitoring circulation and prevalence of Avian Coronaviruses in poultry.
Besides scientific aspects, the Action actively contributed to the training of Action partners, particularly young researchers, in the field of Avian Coronaviruses via Short Term Scientific Missions, Training Schools, lectures and seminars.
The Roslin Institute involvement: Dr Lonneke Vervelde who led the Working Group Host Pathogen & Receptor Interactions said, “The COST Action enabled me to become part of a scientific knowledge and technology exchange platform on Avian Coronaviruses through the creation of a powerful collaboration between European scientists. By bringing together scientists from academia and industry with a broad range of expertise, but all working on these viruses, we could address issues and develop connections that are unique in the field. The collaborations have led to submission and award of H2020 proposals and other joint grants applications.”