International Research-to-Practice Conference “Prospects of Russian Veterinary Science” was held by the Rosselkhoznadzor-subordinated FGBI “Federal Centre for Animal Health” (FGBI “ARRIAH”) in commemoration of its 60th anniversary according to professional tradition on October 26, 2018.
A total of 130 researchers, leading specialists and guests from Russia, Germany, France, Finland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Jordan, Pakistan, Paraguay, Taiwan and other countries participated in the Conference.
The following guests attended the event: Denis Lichi, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Paraguay, José Carlos Martin Camperchioli, President of the National Service of Quality and Animal Health (SENACSA), and Dr. Julio Cesar Barrios Amarilla, Director of the General Office for Quality and Safety of Animal Products as well as Matti Aho, Director General of the Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA).
Honored experts of the FGBI “ARRIAH” paid guests’ attention to the history of the FGBI “ARRIAH” development and creation of scientific knowledge and research practice recognized by international scientific community.
The FGBI “ARRIAH” started in 1958 with combating foot-and-mouth disease. Currently, the FGBI “ARRIAH provides scientific assistance in other areas including virus infectious diseases monitoring, assessment of risks of such disease introduction and spread, disease prevention and eradication, measures for animal health and environment protection in Russian Federation and in other countries.
Far from being complacent with its achievements the FGBI “ARRIAH” extends its production capacity and uses up-to-date technologies.
There was a comprehensive business programme within the Conference. Thus, Memorandum on scientific and technical cooperation prolongation was signed between the FGBI “ARRIAH” and Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA).
The Memorandum envisages interaction between the parties including joint events in possible areas of cooperation namely knowledge sharing, PhD student training, advanced training of young scientists and specialists at the said institutions.
Besides, negotiations on interactions for ensuring epidemic freedom in the Asian-Pacific region were held between the FGBI “ARRIAH” officials and Taiwan delegation. Possible FGBI “ARRIAH” scientific methodical assistance in African swine fever (ASF) prevention in the view of detection of mass ASF outbreak in China and additional risks of ASF virus introduction to Taiwan was discussed.
Presentations on various aspects of highly dangerous and economically significant animal diseases, namely foot-and-mouth disease, lumpy skin disease and viral avian diseases as well as presentations on African swine fever, one of the most serious problems in the world, were made at scientific sessions of the Conference.
During the Conference, guests had an opportunity to assess scope of reconstruction and renovation of the FGBI “ARRIAH” laboratory and production facilities. The conference participants noted significant technological progress and modern equipment meeting international quality requirements at the FGBI “ARRIAH”.