Lecturer plays key role in international equine conference

April 2021

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The International Committee for Equine Infectious Diseases Conference (IEIDC) has confirmed the date of its next event. The prestigious gathering takes place every four to five years and brings together an international community of scientists and veterinarians specialised in equine diseases.

The next conference will take place in September 2021. Writtle University College senior lecturer, Dr Romain Paillot, will be playing a key organisational role.

Dr Paillot said: "This is the International Committee for Equine Infectious Diseases' first major online event. Despite the challenges of the last year, we will be continuing our commitment to sharing information that is vital to the control and understanding of infectious diseases. We look forward promoting academic collaboration and unveiling the latest research."

The most recent conference was held in 2016 in Buenos Aires. As a member of the international committee, Dr Paillot joined colleagues from around the globe to contribute to the 2021 event's change of direction. The decision was made to substitute the planned location in Normandy, for a COVID-19-safe virtual setting.

Dr Paillot and his international colleagues are supporting the creation of a comprehensive website and the preparation of the meeting programme. Between three to five hundred visitors are expected to attend. The event will feature academic research and sessions for equine veterinarians. The selection of research abstracts is currently taking place.

IEIDC President, Professor James Gilkerson from the University of Melbourne, said: "The IEIDC brings people from all infectious disease disciplines; parasitology, bacteriology, virology, as well as immunologists and other experts in horse health together to share our knowledge, and to build better collaborative relationships to address the infectious disease problems that affect the wellbeing of horses around the world."

For more information, visit https://eidc2021.com/