Filip Van Immerseel (Ghent University, Belgium)

Filip received a Master in Bio-engineering Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven(KUL) in 1999, and a Master in Laboratory Animal Sciences at Ghent University in 2004. His PhD in Veterinary Medical Sciences at Ghent University in 2004 focused on intestinal immune cell infiltration after Salmonella infection of chickens. With more than 120 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, Filip is also editor of the journal Avian Pathology and is involved in many international collaborative research networks, he has been acknowledged with several awards by the scientific community.

Maarten De Gussem (Poeke, Belgium)

In 2009, Maarten De Gussem founded the poultry consultancy agency, Vetworks, servicing the poultry industry with a global team of specialists and providing support on poultry health topics all over the world, with focus on mycoplasmosis, general gut health and coccidiosis. Maarten is also author of  the Broiler Signals manual.


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Prof. Richard Ducatelle (Ghent University, Belgium)

Prof. Richard Ducatelle is President of WVPA Belgian branch since 1991 and also a Past-President of the ESVP.  Professor Ducatelle’s research is mainly on intestinal health and on interactions on zoonotic agents with the animal host reservoir, with a focus on poultry. He has mentored more than 20 PhD theses in this field of research.

Steven C. Ricke (Arkansas, US)

Dr. Ricke’s research program is primarily focused on virulence and pathogenic characteristics of foodborne salmonellae. Dr. Ricke’s Salmonella research projects have emphasized studies on the growth, survival and pathogenesis of the organism under conditions encountered during food animal production and processing.

Christina L Swaggerty (USDA Texas, USA)

Dr. Swaggerty received a B.S. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology from Texas A&M University. Dr. Swaggerty was selected as the 2011 Early Career Research Scientist of the Year. Her research is focused on innovative, application-driven approaches employing an immunological approach to enhance the safety, security, and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply.

Gunther Antonissen (Ghent University, Belgium)

Gunther Antonissen is postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University  at the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Biochemistry and the Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases, investigating the impact of mycotoxins and endotoxins on the intestinal physiology and microbiota. Dr. Antonissen is promotor to 4 PhD students in the field of poultry health sciences and mycotoxicology

Lisa Williams  (Swansea, UK)

Lisa’s current research is focusing on extra-intestinal spread of Campylobacter in broiler chickens and whether the genetic background of Campylobacter strains leads to enhanced ability to spread from the gut, irrespective of the state of the host.  In 2018, Lisa was a runner-up in the Swansea University Research and Innovation Rising Star award.


Mark Stevens (Roslin, UK)

Mark Stevens is Chair of Microbial Pathogenesis and Deputy Director of The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh. His laboratory studies Salmonella, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli infections in farmed animals, with emphasis on the bacterial and host factors influencing persistence, pathogenesis and protection.

Michael Hess (Vienna, Austria)

Michael Hess has strong interests in infectious diseases in poultry focusing on host-pathogen interaction, the development of new protection strategies and new diagnostic tools. He was the first President of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (ECPVS) and acts in several editorial boards.

Adrian Smith (Oxford, UK)

Adrian L. Smith is a comparative immunologist who has strong interests in the biology of the enteric immune system in health and disease. Since 2008 his group dealing with Comparative Infection and Immunology has been based at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford having previously been at the Institute for Animal Health, (now Pirbright Institute) where he developed a strong interest in avian immunology.

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