Speakers for APSS 2015
INFORMAL AVIAN FORUM & PRE REGISTRATION - SUNDAY EVENING 8th FEBRUARY
KEEPING PACE WITH CHANGE: THE FUTURE OF THE AUSTRALIAN POULTRY INDUSTRY
MAIN THEMES - MONDAY 9th - WEDNESDAY 11th FEBRUARY
QUALITY OF THE EGG: HATCHABILITY TO EDIBILITY
Prof. Maureen Bain is a Professor in Comparative Anatomy and Histology within the College of MVLS at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Maureen’s research interests focus mainly on avian reproduction and specifically on egg formation and structure, and the functional properties of the hens oviduct. Over the past 20+ years she has developed an interdisciplinary line of research looking at novel methods for assessing eggshell quality through international collaborations with such diverse groups as engineers and molecular biologists. Nationally Maureen has a long standing collaboration with the Roslin Institute and internationally she has been a lead partner in three European Funded Projects with colleagues working at INRA, France; KU. Leuven, Belgium; University of Bologna, Italy; University of Ontario, Canada; and, University of Granada, Spain. In 2014 Maureen became the elected chairperson of the European Poultry Federation WG4 (Egg and Egg Products) which aims to promote and facilitate collaboration between scientists working in all aspects of egg related research within the Europe Union and beyond.
Dr. Aidan Leek obtained his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Nottingham, UK. Following this he completed a M.Sc. in Animal Nutrition examining phase feeding in pigs at University College Dublin, Ireland. After a period in the feed industry working with Provimi in Ireland, Aidan retuned to University College Dublin and undertook his PhD studies in pig nutrition and the influence of diet on nitrogen, odour and ammonia emissions. Following his studies, Aidan switched focus to poultry, joining Sun Valley/Cargill Meats Europe, a major broiler integration in the UK working as their feed mill technical manager and nutritionist in 2004. In 2008 Aidan joined Premier Nutrition a premix and nutritional consultancy company, part of the ABAgri Group companies and owned by Associated British Foods PLC. In 2012 Aidan joined Hy-Line International as Technical Manager adding nutritional expertise to complement their existing technical service group. Aidan now lives in the UK and travels globally to support Hy-Line customers. Aidan is also a member of Nutrition Working Group of the European Federation of the World Poultry Science Association.
Dr. Juliet (Julie) Roberts is an Associate Professor in Animal Science, School of Environmental and Rural Science, at the University of New England, Armidale. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from James Cook University, a PhD in Avian Physiology from Flinders University and completed Postdoctoral Fellowships in Avian Physiology at the University of British Columbia, Canada and University of Arizona, USA. Julie has been at the University of New England since 1986. She teaches physiology and poultry science to undergraduates, supervises postgraduate students and is the Course Coordinator for Rural Science, Agriculture, Animal Science and Agrifood Systems. Julie’s research interests are avian physiology and factors affecting egg shell quality and egg internal quality in laying hens, as well as more general areas of egg production. She is currently involved in Poultry CRC-funded research on egg quality, and AECL projects on pullet uniformity and shell colour. Julie also has a strong interest in education at all levels.
ENERGY VS PROTEIN AND AMINO ACIDS: HOW TO STRIKE A BALANCE
Adj. Assoc. Prof. Peter Selle received his PhD from Sydney University in 2001, entitled “Phytate and phytase: Consequences for protein and energy utilisation by pigs and poultry”, and joined the Poultry Research Foundation the following year. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 review papers, research articles, book chapters and conference papers in the area of phytate and phytase. More recently, Peter Selle has also become involved in investigations into the nutritive value of grain sorghum as a feedstuff for broiler chickens and the practice of ‘whole grain feeding’. Of particular interest is the importance of digestive dynamics of starch and protein in relation to the performance of broiler chickens.
Prof. Michael Kidd completed Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Arkansas in the early 1990s, both with an emphasis on poultry science. Prof. Kidd then went on to read for a PhD at North Carolina State University with a major in nutrition and a minor in immunology. Prof. Kidd worked for 5 years as the Research Director for Nutri-Quest in St. Louis, Missouri, followed by 10 years as Department Head and Professor at Mississippi State University before taking up his current role as Department Head and Professor at the University of Arkansas. Prof. Kidd has over 350 published articles including over 130 in peer-reviewed international journals. His current research emphasis is broiler and turkey amino acid, mineral and enzyme nutrition, broiler and turkey breeder management and nutrition, and avian immunology and health.
POULTRY WELFARE: DRIVING CHANGES ACROSS THE INDUSTRY
Prof. Werner Bessei completed his PhD in poultry science at Hohenheim Universität in Stuttgart Germany in 1973. From 1990, Professor Bessei held the position of Professor for Ethology and Small Animal Sciences at the Institute for Animal Husbandry and Breeding at Hohenheim Universität before retiring in April, 2014. Prior to that our invited speaker worked as a Poultry Officer for the FAO in Rome from 1985-1990. Werner Bessei is presently both the President of the German Branch of WPSA and a Senior Vice-President of WPSA.
Prof. Marian Dawkins is Professor of Animal Behaviour at the University of Oxford and has been involved in research on farm animal welfare, particularly that of poultry, for many years. She has a particular interest in how to improve welfare in practice and works extensively with commercial poultry producers in the UK, France and the US. Her most recent book is Why Animals Matter: Animal Consciousness, Animal Welfare and Human Well-being (2012). In 2014 she was awarded a CBE for services to animal welfare science.
EMERGING TECHNOLOIGIES IN POULTRY RESEARCH
Prof. David Raubenhiemer graduated in 1986 with an MSc (Zoology, Cape Town) and in 1992 with a D.Phil. (Biology, Oxford). He currently holds the Leonard P. Ullman Chair of Nutritional Ecology, and is the Nutrition Theme Leader at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. His expertise in nutritional ecology focuses on how the behavioural and physiological interactions of animals with their environment influence health and wellbeing. He has extensive experience in applying this approach to wild animals, production animals, companion animals, and humans. David holds concurrent appointments in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, and is Adjunct Professor in the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study. He has published one book and over 200 scientific papers, many in prestigious journals including Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Dr. Kristen Brennan is a Research Project Manager at Alltech’s Center for Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition in Nicholasville, KY. Kristen received her BS and MS in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2003 and 2004, respectively. In 2008, Kristen completed a PhD in Animal Science at Washington State University and joined Alltech as a post-doctoral fellow. Her doctoral research focused on markers of oxidative stress, mitochondrial function and energy balance regulation in beef cattle. Since joining Alltech, Kristen’s research program group focuses on providing the link between nutritional genomics approaches and applied nutrition research in a variety of animal species including cattle, swine and poultry. She currently serves as manager of the animal nutrigenomics and equine nutrition research programs and IACUC Chairperson.