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.
Prof. Manny Noakes is currently the Research Director of the CSIRO Food and Nutrition Flagship. She is considered a key opinion leader and trusted advisor in nutrition and health both nationally and internationally, particularly in the area of higher protein dietary patterns and weight management. She was instrumental in the development and release of 5 editions of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD) (launched in 2004). In 2007 she published an externally conducted impact assessment of the TWD in a nationally representative sample of 5000 people which revealed a projected 500,000+ individuals had lost an average of 6kg on TWD and experienced health benefits. Professor Noakes is an executive member of the Federal Government Food and Health Dialogue which influences nutrition reformulation targets for manufactured foods in order to improve the nutritional quality of the Australian Food supply. She is also a member of the Heart Foundation Food and Nutrition Advisory Committee, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Health Claims Advisory Committee, and the Woolworths Healthier Australia Taskforce amongst other industry bodies.
ENERGY VS PROTEIN AND AMINO ACIDS: HOW TO STRIKE A BALANCE
Dr. Birger Svihaus
Dr. Michael Kidd
POULTRY WELFARE: DRIVING CHANGES ACROSS THE INDUSTRY
Prof. Werner Bessei
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
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.