PCV2 research awards to Spain and Denmark

This year's European Porcine Circovirus research awards have been awarded to scientists Prof Joaquim Segalés, Spain and Dr Charlotte Sonne Kristensen, Denmark.

Prof Joaquim Segalés, University of Barcelona and CReSA in Spain receieved the prize for its research: Effects of PCV2 vaccination upon basic parameters of the immune response of pigs in a PCV2 subclinical infection model. Interaction with Aujeszky's disease vaccination. This research project investigates the negative impact of PCV2 on the immune system and the possibility to prevent this effect by vaccination.

Factors influencing the PCV2 status
Dr Charlotte Sonne Kristensen, Danish Agriculture and Food Council-Pig Research Centre in Denmark got awarded for her investigation of PCV2 free herds in which she will evaluate factors that might have an influence on the PCV2 status of a swine herd.

The European Porcine Circovirus (PCV2) Research Award is an annual award that recognises research proposals in the area of applied immunological PCV2 research. With the award Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health aims to promote further scientific progress to better understand and ultimately control this devastating swine disease.

A maximum of three prizes, €25,000 each, are granted to European researchers who convince the independent jury with their outline of innovative research approaches in the field of swine immunology to explore Porcine Circovirus Disease (PCVD).

The prizes were awarded by Prof Maurice Pensaert, former head of the Laboratory of Virology of the Ghent University and Dr Joachim Hasenmaier, head of corporate division animal health at the sponsoring company.

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