Speakers for APSS 2016


"THE GREAT DEBATE - Does the Chook Shake it's Tail Feather???" & PRE REGISTRATION - SUNDAY EVENING 14th FEBRUARY, 2016

Adj. Assoc. Prof. Peter Selle

Adj. Assoc. Prof. Peter Selle

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.

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Dr. Bob Hughes

Dr. Bob Hughes

Dr. Bob Hughes


MAIN THEMES - MONDAY 15th - WEDNESDAY 17th FEBRUARY, 2016

WATER, ENERGY AND FOOD: GLOBAL SECURITY

Assoc. Prof. Wayne Bryden

Assoc. Prof. Wayne Bryden


Assoc. Prof. Wayne Bryden is the Foundation Chair in Animal Science at the University of Queensland. He was Head of the School of Animal Studies at the University of Queensland from 2002 to 2007 and prior to that appointment was Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, where he was also Director of the Poultry Research Foundation. His research interests include nutrition of monogastric animals and nutritional toxicology of all domestic species and he is a registered Animal Nutritionist. He lectures in a range of subjects to both animal science and veterinary science students and has advised some 50 research higher degree students. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contributions to science and education, and in 2005 he co-chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins. He is currently a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Food Safety, President of the Australasian Equine Science Society and Editor-in-Chief of Animal Production Science.


FOOD SECURITY

Assoc. Prof. Robyn Alders

Assoc. Prof. Robyn Alders


Assoc. Prof. Robyn Alders Robyn was born and raised on a grazing property on the Southern Tablelands of NSW, Australia. For over 20 years, she has worked closely with smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague. For much of this time, she has been working on the development of sustainable Newcastle disease (ND) control in poultry in rural areas as this disease is a key constraint to small livestock producers, many of whom own only poultry. The ND control activities have included project management; epidemiology; production and quality control of thermotolerant ND vaccine; development and testing of innovative extension materials; community development; incorporating ethnoveterinary knowledge; training of extension personnel, animal health workers, livestock officers and laboratory personnel; and the development of user-pays schemes. Since 2004, Robyn has been involved with highly pathogenic avian influenza control and preparedness in Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. In Indonesia, she oversaw the training and communication components of the FAO HPAI Participatory Disease Surveillance and Response Program from May 2007 to September 2009.From May 2008 to June 2011, Robyn directed the International Veterinary Medicine Program at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in the USA and remains an Adjunct Associate Professor with this program. From July 2011 to May 2012, Robyn was the Team Leader of a Newcastle disease control project in Angola implemented by the KYEEMA Foundation and funded by the European Union. In August 2012, she rejoined the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney as a Principal Research Fellow to pursue domestic and international food and nutrition security research and development activities.
In January 2011, Robyn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to veterinary science as a researcher and educator, to the maintenance of food security in developing countries through livestock management and disease control programs.

Dr. Dana Cordell

Dr. Dana Cordell


[[b||Dr. Dana Cordell] is a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research contributions to the emerging field of global phosphorus scarcity and security has led to numerous prestigious recognitions including one of Australia’s top science prizes – the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research 2012 and a position in the 2012 Top 100 Most Influential People (Sydney Magazine) together with Professor White.

Assoc. Prof. Robert Speight

Assoc. Prof. Robert Speight

Assoc. Prof. Robert Speight is Associate Professor of Microbial Biotechnology at QUT. Research in his group is focused on the development of enzymes and microbial production systems for industrial applications. He is also the course coordinator for the Process Engineering degree and teaches microbiology and biotechnology.
Robert obtained a first-class degree in chemistry from Imperial College, London in 1996. He completed his PhD (2000) at the University of Cambridge at Downing College and the Department of Biochemistry, researching new protein display technologies for high throughput protein library screening applications.

Robert then took a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh in the laboratories of Professors Nicholas Turner and Sabine Flitsch, researching the directed evolution of cytochrome P450 enzymes for altered substrate specificity, in collaboration with Imperial Chemical Industries plc. In 2003, Robert obtained a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship to co-found, spin-out and commercialise an industrial biotechnology company called Ingenza Ltd (http://www.ingenza.com).

At Ingenza, Robert was initially Managing Director, then Operations Director and he led the biotechnology research team of ten scientists. During this time he contributed to the team winning and delivering over £1.9M in collaborative grants as well as significant number of industrial customer projects. The team worked extensively on the directed evolution of amine and amino acid oxidase enzymes for altered specificity and improved stability in industrial chemical manufacturing process conditions. The team also developed and tested novel biofuel microbial production strains as well as biopharmaceutical strains under current Good Manufacturing Practice conditions.

In 2010, Robert moved to Australia (mostly by train) with his Australian wife and took a position at The University of Queensland, initially at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience with Professor Matt Cooper and then at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology with Professor Lars Nielsen. At AIBN, he continued research activities in biofuels and protein technologies (particularly regarding animal feed enzymes) in parallel with operational and project management in the Systems and Synthetic Biology Group. He coordinated the Queensland Government funded multi-partner $6.5 million Queensland Sustainable Aviation Fuel Initiative and was a chief investigator of the follow-on $0.8 million Research Partnerships Program project, playing a leading role in the management of a diverse consortium of academics and companies and the delivery of the project milestones. He was also a start-up manager for the US$12 million Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation (http://www.dowcsei.uq.edu.au) where he remains a technical consultant.

In April 2014, Robert accepted an A/Professorship in Microbial Biotechnology at QUT to focus on enzyme engineering and protein production systems for industrial biotechnology applications


WATER AND AVIAN PHYSIOLOGY

Dr. Aaron Cowieson

Dr. Aaron Cowieson


Dr. Aaron Cowieson hails originally from Scotland, having read for his PhD at the University of Aberdeen, completing in 2001. From 2001-2010, Dr. Cowieson worked for two major biotechnology businesses where his research focus was feed enzymes, ingredient quality and amino acid and mineral nutrition of poultry. From 2010-2013, Dr. Cowieson was Associate Professor of Poultry Nutrition and Director of the Poultry Research Foundation within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, Australia. Currently, Dr. Cowieson is Principal Scientist at DSM Nutritional Products, specializing in various aspects of feed enzyme biotechnology and monogastric nutrition and is retained by the University of Sydney as Adjunct Professor Poultry Nutrition. Dr. Cowieson has published approximately 250 scientific and technical articles including more than 100 in peer-reviewed journals and currently serves as Associate Editor Nutrition for the international journal Animal Production Science.



Mark Dunlop

Mark Dunlop


Mark Dunlop is a senior environmental researcher for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Queensland Government. Since 2004, Mark has focussed on several aspects of intensive poultry production including litter management, energy efficiency, odour and dust emissions, and environmental impacts. Mark is currently a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, with support from the Poultry CRC and DAF. His studies aim to improve the understanding of how litter conditions affect odour emissions. Mark has a particular interest in the topics of water in litter; the effects of water on the physical, chemical and microbiological properties of litter; and how these are related to the industry challenges of odour, ammonia, flock health and bird welfare.


FOOD SAFETY/QUALITY

Prof. Nick Sparks

Prof. Nick Sparks


Prof. Nick Sparks I currently am Head of the Animal & Veterinary Sciences (AVS) Group within SRUC’s Research Division. In that role I am responsible for research activities in genetics, animal welfare, disease systems and avian sciences. We have around 100 staff in AVS, most based in the Roslin Institute Building; our Avian Sciences team is based on the Auchincruive Campus near Ayr.
Animal science has always been a strength in SRUC and today with the University of Edinburgh and the Moredun Research Institute we form one of the largest international animal science clusters. In addition to research, we are also involved in teaching mainly at post-graduate level including jointly running MScs in animal welfare with the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Applied poultry Science with the University of Glasgow.

My own research interests are focused on the health and welfare of poultry in systems that span intensive through to scavenging. So for example, the role of bird welfare in the host pathogens interactions is becoming increasingly recognised as potentially important for bird and consumer heath. Much of my research is designed to be of relevance to the end-user in the immediate or short term. Consequently, I work closely with stakeholders, in particular poultry producers, but also government agencies and departments as well as NGOs.
Veterinary support is a key component to many of the projects that I manage as, increasingly, is input from economists, a discipline that is highly relevant across a range of issues that I research. Examples of the latter include work funded by DfID to improve the productivity of scavenging poultry in India, LINK-funded work to examine the role of methionine in diets for replacement pullets and, most recently, an FSA-funded study of Campylobacter contamination of water supply systems in poultry units.

Dr. Mitchell Groves

Dr. Mitchell Groves


Dr. Mitchell Groves is a Science Officer with Queensland’s food safety authority, Safe Food Production Queensland. His current research interests are focussed on issues of relevance to food safety, including the management and epidemiology of foodborne and zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship.

Dr. Margaret Sexton

Dr. Margaret Sexton

Dr. Margaret Sexton graduated as a Veterinarian from Massey University, NZ in ????. She has worked in the commercial poultrymeat industry for 20 years. Since 2004, Margaret has been employed by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia in Biosecurity SA in both the Animal Health Department under Disease Surveillance and also in Plant and Food Standards in the Food Safety Program as Technical Manager Poultry Food Production. This is a unique position covering both poultry disease, food safety and public health.

Prof. Robert Wideman

Prof. Robert Wideman


Prof. Robert Wideman began his career at Penn State University, where he rose to the rank of Professor of Poultry Science while teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Physiology, and conducting research related to calcium metabolism and kidney damage in laying hens. In 1993 Professor Wideman was recruited as the Distinguished Professor of Poultry Science and Arkansas Poultry Federation Chair at the University of Arkansas. He served as Professor and Associate Director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science while teaching physiology and conducting research focused on pulmonary hypertension syndrome (ascites) and lameness in broilers. Professor Wideman has published 18 review articles and book chapters, over 180 refereed journal articles, 100 technical or poultry industry articles, and he has four U.S. patents. He has been an invited speaker at over 100 national and international seminars and technical symposia. Professor Wideman recently retired as an Emeritus Professor and remains actively engaged in research, writing and consulting.

Dr. Steve Pritchard

Dr. Steve Pritchard


Dr. Steve Pritchard A graduate of Nottingham University, Steve received an excellent grounding in husbandry and nutrition in the Government Poultry Advisory Service prior to joining the feed industry.

He has gained a reputation for providing information which is technically relevant and economically measurable.


HOT TOPICS


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AVIAN INFLUENZA

Dr. Douglas Grieve

Dr. Douglas Grieve


Dr. Douglas Grieve has accepted the position of Global Director of Technical Services. He will lead a worldwide team of veterinarians, nutritionists and specialists to help customers achieve the performance potential offered by Hy-Line's genetic excellence.

Dr. Tiggy Grillo

Dr. Tiggy Grillo

Dr. Tiggy Grillo - I have been working for Wildlife Health Australia (formerly AWHN) since May 2009.

I obtained my veterinary degree in Glasgow, Scotland in 1999. After a year in practice, I returned to Glasgow to complete a PhD in molecular parasitology in 2006.

In 2006, I moved to Australia to work in the School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences where I lectured in parasitology and communication skills into a new veterinary course at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Previously, I have also been involved in population field surveys in the U.S.A. on raptors, compiling a sea turtle rehabilitation manual for the U.K., and reviewing sewage effects of harbour porpoise in Scotland.