Invited Speakers for APSS 2018


MAIN THEMES - MONDAY 5th - WEDNESDAY 7th FEBRUARY, 2018

BROILER BREEDER NUTRITION

Dr. Martin Zuidhof

Dr. Martin Zuidhof


Dr. Martin Zuidhof grew up a pig farmer in Alberta, Canada, and is now an award-winning teacher and researcher. He was a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture for 15 years. During that time he completed his PhD (2004) from University of Alberta. In 2009, he joined the University of Alberta as Associate Professor and Academic Leader of the Poultry Research Centre.
Martin’s focus on innovative and practical ways to improve poultry production systems led him to develop a Precision Feeding system. It is designed to feed the right bird the right amount of feed at the right time – one of the biggest practical challenges of the broiler breeder industry. With it his team has reduced free run broiler breeder body weight variation to 1% CV, while improving feed efficiency about 5% over conventional feeding. Dr. Zuidhof‘s pre-retirement goal is to revolutionize the way the world feeds and studies broiler breeders.





LOW PROTEIN BROILER RATIONS

Dr Patrick Garland

Dr Patrick Garland


Dr. Patrick Garland After graduating from Nottingham University Patrick joined a national compounder as a nutritionist in the research department. Spells in formulation, mill management and poultry research provided the grounding for overall responsability for diet specifications, research programmes and technical support to colleagues and customers. Liason with retailers and close involvement in the development of codes and practice as well as feed mill audits gave solid understanding of the need to meet commercial requirements across a wide range of needs. Feed processing was a particular area of interest as it related to poultry nutrition and food safety. Prior to joining Premier Nutrition, Patrick spent over 6 years in the animal health sector with a global pharmaceutical company. Commercial responsability in the UK and Scandanavia for sales of veterinary feed additives and water solubles as well as feed ingredients, with particular emphasis on the poultry industry, has given an insight into the relationship between nutrition and health in poultry farming.



William Lambert

William Lambert




William Lambert graduated from Ecole Supérieure Agriculture Angers in 2014 in Animal Sciences, and in 2015, completed his Msc in Animal Nutrition at Wageningen Universityin. Since 2014 William has worked at Ajinomoto Eurolysine where his first project was studying low protein diets for broilers with specific focus on Threonine and Glycine interaction. He went on to become Area Development Manager for Amino Acid Promotion for Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Africa and the Middle East. In September 2017, William was appointed as Scientific Coordinator at Ajinomoto Eurolysine (Research Program Coordination) based in France.






LAYER HEN WELLBEING

Prof. Rob Moore

Prof Rob Moore

Prof. Rob Moore is a Professor of Biotechnology at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is head of the Host-Microbe Interactions Laboratory within the School of Science. The group uses molecular microbiological approaches in two major areas of research; (i) bacterial pathogens and disease pathogenesis, and (ii) the role of gut microbiota in health and productivity. His goals are to (i) understand how bacterial pathogens cause disease and then use that knowledge to develop prophylactic and treatment options (e.g. vaccines), and (ii) define the influence of microbiota on health and productivity and develop methods to intervene and optimise microbiota composition (e.g. probiotics). His research groups have made notable discoveries in the pathogenesis of Necrotic Enteritis and have identified the organism responsible for Spotty Liver Disease.
Rob graduated from Monash University, in 1978 and completed his PhD there in 1982. After post-doctoral fellowships in Edinburgh and London, he returned to Australia to work in R&D at Coopers Animal Health for 8 years. He then moved to CSIRO, the Australian government research institute, and led a host-pathogen research group. In 2015 he moved to RMIT University. Rob is also an Adjunct Professor in the Microbiology Department of Monash University and consults for a number of companies. He has published >100 peer reviewed papers and is an inventor on 10 patents.

Prof. Alan Tilbrook

Prof. Alan Tilbrook


Prof. Alan Tilbrook is a national and international leader in animal welfare science. He is also internationally renowned for his research in animal science and biomedical science (endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, behaviour, stress, and reproduction). Professor Tilbrook has an outstanding balanced portfolio in leadership, strategic planning, research, academia, education and government. He is a founding member of the Animal Welfare Science Centre and served as Deputy Director and Co-director of the Centre, was the Research Chief of Livestock and Farming Systems at the South Australian Research and Development Institute, was Deputy Head of the Department of Physiology at Monash University and has held many national and local leadership roles. Professor Tilbrook’s research is conceptually driven with a multidisciplinary and integrative approach. His research has been on a range of species including sheep, pigs, poultry, cattle, goats, rodents, horses and humans. He has developed cutting edge research programs. Professor Tilbrook places a huge emphasis on collaboration, research training and development of leadership in students and postdoctoral researchers.



Dr. Richard Gast

Dr. Richard Gast



Dr. Richard Gast is a Microbiologist and the Research Leader for the Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit at the U.S. National Poultry Research Center in Athens, Georgia, USA. This group works to develop improved technologies for egg production and processing which reduce or eliminate microorganisms that can transmit disease to humans or cause spoilage. Richard’s personal research program focuses on detecting and controlling Salmonella infections in poultry and Salmonella contamination of eggs, and is reported in >300 scientific publications on this subject. He recently was co-editor of Producing Safe Eggs: Microbial Ecology of Salmonella (2016), and serves as a member of the National Poultry Improvement Plan Technical Committee and section editor of microbiology and food safety for Poultry Science. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Poultry Science from The Ohio State University.


HOT TOPICS

CONSUMER VIEWS

Mr. John Dunn

Mr. John Dunn


Mr. John Dunn is the current CEO of Egg Farmers Australia, representing over 85% of industry production. He is a credentialed policy professional and political advocate with almost fifteen years’ experience in the public and private sectors. He has advised federal parliamentarians in NSW and Victoria and acted as a business consultant assisting large organisations on strategy, communications and government relations. John has worked in the agriculture sector since 2014 and has a close association with egg farmers having led the industry campaign to achieve a common sense definition for free range egg labelling. John has a keen interest in how community values, activist campaigning and new scientific knowledge intersect to influence government decision-making on animal welfare policy. He presents at the APSS on Animal Welfare and the role of ethics.





Dr. Nick Hover

Dr. Nick Hover


Dr. Nick Hover Nick grew up in the UK and completed his PhD (2001) from Glasgow University. Nick has worked alongside the Avian Science Research Center Auchincruive during his time in Scotland. Nick has worked with six different retailers across the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and now Australia. During his six years in Australia he has a delivered RSPCA Approved chicken for Coles. Nick now works for Woolworths as their Animal Welfare Manager.








Dr. Heather Bray

Dr. Heather Bray




Dr. Heather Bray is a researcher exploring community understandings of, and attitudes to, the role of science and technology in food production, in particular genetically-modified crops and food, and farm animal welfare.
She has recently returned to full-time research after working for over 10 years in science communication, developing community engagement programs for agricultural research centres that use complex and controversial technologies. Her background is in agricultural science and she has worked as an animal scientist in both Australia and the Netherlands.


BIG DATA

Martin Krzywinski

Martin Krzywinski





Martin Krzywinski is known for his work in bioinformatics and data visualization. He created the Circos graph to display genomic data sets in a way that revealed their inner structure and served as a visually stunning emblem of the new field. His information graphics have appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Scientific American and covers of numerous books and scientific journals. He is a monthly contributor to Nature Method’s Points of View and Points of Significance columns. Krzywinski’s work has set a new standard for the presentation of scientific results and established design as a tool of discovery in the research process itself.





Dr. Stuart Wilkinson

Dr. Stuart Wilkinson


Dr. Stuart Wilkinson began his career working with the Poultry Research Foundation after completing his degree in Agricultural Science in 2000, as well as Masters and PhD at The University of Sydney. In his role as Postdoctoral Research Associate, he conducted a multitude research experiments on calcium, phosphorus, phytate nutrition and dietary fatty acids, as well as lecturing and supervising a number of postgraduate and undergraduate students across both poultry and pigs. Stuart has been invited to speak at several international and local conferences, has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals, is an associate editor for the Journal of Animal Production Science and is the Vice-President of the Australasian Pig Science Association. In 2014, Stuart joined Feedworks as a Monogastric Business Manager, providing technical service and support to the pig and poultry industries. His research background highlights the Feedworks philosophy of “Performance through Science” delivering positive outcomes backed by quality research. Stuart continues to be active in research and post-graduate teaching with The University of Sydney.