Physiology and Genomics of Mastitis

Experimental dissection of host-pathogen interaction in the udder

Participate in the conference:

31st of October – November 2nd, 2011
Evangelische Akademie Tutzing; Germany

Session 1: Physiology of Mastitis in Ruminants

Ynte Schukken is Director of Quality Milk Production Services and Professor of Epidemiology and Herd Health at the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University Ithaca, New York, USA. His research focuses on understanding population dynamics of infectious diseases in animal populations, on udder health in well managed diary herds, and on application of epidemiological, statistical and mathematical methods to animal disease research.

Session 2: Cellome of the Mammary Immune Defence

Pascal Rainard is a Senior Scientist in the Animal Infectiology and Public Health (IASP) laboratory at the INRA (National Institute for Agronomical Research) Center in Nouzilly (near Tours), France. He obtained his DVM at the National Veterinary School in Toulouse, then joined INRA in 1978. After a specialization training in immunology (Pasteur Institute, Paris), he graduated with a PhD in Biology and Biochemistry Sciences from the University of Tours. He took a sabbatical in Dr. Max Paape’s laboratory (USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland) in 1995, where he worked on the inflammatory response of the udder to infection. He currently leads the Immunity and Mastitis team at IASP (Nouzilly). His main research interests lie in the immunomodulation of mammary defenses and inflammation.

Session 3: Pathogen Perception

Dirk Werling is Professor of Molecular Immunology at the department of Pathology & Infectious Diseases at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK. His main research interest is the development of improved vaccine technologies, either through the direct targeting of cells or the development of new delivery platforms.

Session 4: Mastitis causing Pathogens and their PAMPs

Otto Holst is Head of the Division of Structural Biochemistry at Research Center Borstel, Germany, and has a long-standing international reputation for work in structural biochemistry of carbohydrates and lipids. One focus of his work is the analysis and structural characterization of cell walls of both, Gram-negative and -positive bacteria, and of mycobacteria. Prof. Dr. Otto Holst has also been strongly involved in investigations on allergy-protective bacteria and dust samples isolated from farm environments.