May 10, 2022

VTEC 2021: ONLINE was well received. The Canadian Organizing Committee has curated another ONLINE program of expert researchers to give recent updates in their field. This event will bring together the VTEC community across the globe until we are able to safely meet in person in Banff in 2023.

This short, FREE, 2.5 hour online meeting, will be held on May 10th. Unfortunately at this time, we won’t be able to have researchers present abstracts.

REGISTER FOR VTEC 2022: ONLINE HERE

VTEC May 10 Online Program

Invited Speakers

Leluo Guan

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada

Dr. Guan is one of the pioneer researchers in cattle gut microbiome. Dr. Guan’s research program focuses on 1). Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of host-microbial interactions by characterization of bovine gut microbial ecology and its functions using metagenomics/metatranscriptomics approaches, and host gene expression using a functional genomics approach 2). Association between gut microbial ecology and feed efficiency, methane emission and gut immunity development in beef and dairy cattle 3). Study of the bovine transcriptome, proteome, and non-coding microRNAs and their roles in economically important traits. Dr. Guan is the author or co-author of 242 peer-reviewed publications and 8 book chapter with H-index of 58.0. She has secured > 33.9 M research funding (>10.5 as PI and >23.4 M as Co-I) and has trained a total of 38 grad students and 21 postdocs.  For her contribution, Dr. Guan was awarded with multiple prestigious awards including Killam Professorship in 2017; Technical Innovation in Enhancing Production of Safe Affordable Food Award from Canadian Society of Animal Science in 2013; ADSA Zoetis Physiology Award and Canadian Society of Animal Science Fellowship  in 2021.

Nigel French

Nigel French 

Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health at Massey University, New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre (NZFSSRC) and Executive Director of Massey University’s Infectious Disease Research Centre

Nigel French is Co-Director of One Health Aotearoa, Distinguished Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health at Massey University, Chief Scientist for the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre (NZFSSRC) and Executive Director of Massey University’s Infectious Disease Research Centre. He specialises in molecular and genomic epidemiology, food safety and the control of infectious diseases and is a member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) and a Fellow of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. He is an honorary professor at the University of Otago Medical School and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Yoshitoshi Ogura, Ph.D.

Yoshitoshi Ogura

Department of Infectious Medicine, Kurume University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan

Yoshitoshi has expertise in the fields of genomics and evolution of microorganisms. His work has focused for more than ten years on the genomic diversity of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157 strains and the parallel evolution of STEC O157 and non-O157 strains. His work also focused on the population structure of STEC O26 strains. He is currently working on analyzing the evolutionary process and host adaptation of STEC strains.

Elizabeth Hartland

Hudson Institute of Medical Research and the Head of the Department of Molecular and Translational Science at Monash University

Professor Elizabeth Hartland is the Director and CEO of Hudson Institute of Medical Research and the Head of the Department of Molecular and Translational Science at Monash University. Prior to joining Hudson Institute, Professor Hartland held the positions of Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, and Deputy Director of the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Professor Hartland undertook her undergraduate and graduate training in biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Melbourne. She has held a Royal Society/NHMRC Howard Florey Fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry, Imperial College London, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer positions at Monash University and an ARC Future Fellowship at the University of Melbourne. Professor Hartland has a long-standing research interest in the pathogenesis of infections caused by bacterial pathogens, with a focus on molecular mechanisms of microbial immune evasion.

Collins Njie Ateba

Antimicrobial Resistance & Phage Biocontrol Research Laboratory, North West University, South Africa

Professor Collins Njie Ateba holds a PhD in Microbiology from the North West University, South Africa and is head and principal investigator of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Phage Biocontrol Research Laboratory. His current research focuses on surveillance of antibiotic resistance and biofilm formation potentials of bacteria species but with renewed interest in the application bacteriophages as biocontrol/therapeutic alternatives for these strains. This is aimed at contributing to the World Health Organisation’s call to invest more energy in counteracting resistance. In 2014, Collins served as a visiting Researcher at Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s Lethbridge Research Station. Collins has also been a recipient of FEBS fellowships where he received trainings at Yerevan State University – Armenia and University of Tartu – Estonia 2006 and 2007 respectively. Prof Ateba has collaborations with researchers in North and South America, Africa and Europe. Collins serves on a number of national and international committees. Prof Ateba is recognized as an established researcher by the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

Adriana Bentancor

Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Adriana completed her PhD in Microbiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2002. She has begun her own program of research focusing on STEC reservoirs and sources of infection in urban areas in 2005. She became a professor at University of Buenos Aires in 2015 and Board of the Center of Transdisciplinary Studies in Epidemiology of Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires. As principal professor in Microbiology has developed epidemiological studies in the southern region of Argentina, whose HUS rates are the highest in the country studying reservoirs and infection sources of STEC, including risk perception of the community by the concept of One Health.