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Canadian Research Network on Bacterial Pathogens of Swine

by 5m Editor
4 September 2003, at 12:00am

GUELPH - The Canadian Research Network on Bacterial Pathogens of Swine (CRNBPS) is a first in the field of Canadian Veterinary Medicine.

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Ontario Pork Logo Its objective is to develop basic and applied research related to bacterial pathogens of swine.

More than 30 scientists, all specialists in swine bacterial disease, from 12 research institutions, including the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, work together on six main research themes:

  1. Infections caused by Actinobacillus spp: identification of new Actinobacillus spp. virulence factors
  2. Infections caused by Escherichia coli : Postweaning diarrhea and septicemia due to Escherichia coli. Study of virulence mechanisms and preventive strategies.
  3. Biotechnology-Based Diagnostic Laboratory: Development of molecular and immunological diagnostic tools and technology transfer
  4. Public Health: Development of new tools to control emerging threats to public health
  5. Infections caused by Streptococcus suis: Studies on virulence factors of S. suis serotype 2
  6. Controlling Bacterial Disease in Pig: Vaccine Development and Evaluation The diverse expertise of its members allows the Network to obtain definitive research results more quickly than individual scientists or smaller teams.
Since 2000, Ontario Pork has contributed $15000 per year to CRNBPS. The Network has used this money to access Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada funds.

Budget Year CRNBPS funded research
2000-2001 $627,500
2001-2002 $701,500
2002-2003 $670,955

In relative terms, a very small research contribution by Ontario Pork has leveraged significant funding, leading to exciting and promising research.

For more information: www.medvet.umontreal.ca/reseau

Source: Ontario Pork, September 2003

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