Speakers for APSS 2014
INFORMAL AVIAN FORUM & PRE REGISTRATION - SUNDAY EVENING 16th FEBRUARY
A HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN POULTRY SCIENCE SYMPOSIA
Dr. Derick Balnave retired from The University of Sydney in 2001 after an extensive academic research career in avian biochemistry and nutrition at Queen’s University, Belfast and The University of Sydney. He was the Research Director of the Poultry Research Foundation from 1978 until 2001. In that time he was intimately involved in the development of the Australian Poultry Science Symposium. He was responsible for organising the first thirteen symposia as well as assuming editorial responsibilities for six of the first nine symposia. He is currently an Honorary Governor of the Poultry Research Foundation.
Mr. John McLeish
MAIN THEMES - MONDAY 17th - WEDNESDAY 19th FEBRUARY
Early Chick Nutrition
Prof. Sandra Velleman has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1995, where she has worked her way through the ranks to Full Professor. The focus of her research has been on mechanisms regulating muscle growth and development in poultry with an emphasis on the adult myoblast cell population regulating posthatch muscle growth. The extrinsic cellular environment or extracellular matrix has been one area of focus as the extracellular matrix is, in part, responsible for cell signaling involved in muscle growth. Nutritional research has been concentrated on the effect of nutrition on the adult myoblasts. Adult myoblasts are a stem cell population that can transdifferentiate to other cellular lineages in addition to muscle. The transdifferentiation of the adult myoblast cells to an adipogenic lineage is a current focus of this research.
Prof. Orna Halevy has advanced through the ranks to Full Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University. She holds Charles Charkowsky Chair for Poultry Science and Animal Hygiene and served as a head of the Faculty’s combined M.Sc/Ph.D. program in animal sciences and veterinary medicine. Dr. Halevy’s research interests involve the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying postnatal skeletal muscle growth and regeneration. A large part of her research focuses on nutritional and environmental manipulations during embryogenesis and early postnatal periods of broilers as an approach for improving muscle growth and meat production as well as welfare.
Gut Health in Poultry Production
Prof. Theo Niewold is an immunologist/experimental pathobiologist by training. From 1986-1993, he was assistant professor at the Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Utrecht, NL, receiving his PhD in 1990. Between 1993 and 1996 he was a visiting scientist on invitation at the Human Immunology & Cancer Program, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, USA. From 1996-2005 he was senior scientist of pathobiology at the Animal Sciences Group in Lelystad, the CRO of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Since 2005, he works as a Professor Nutrition and Health at the Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium, and from 2010 on the scientific head of the experimental farm facilities of the KU Leuven. He is also a member of the management team of the Leuven Food Science and Nutrition Research Centre launched in 2010, and Principal Investigator for the research line on the health-promoting functionality of food/ingredients in model systems. Current research fields are pathophysiology, mucosal immunity, innate immunity and inflammation, functional food/feed, and (intestinal) genomics and proteomics.
Dr. Hyun Lillehoj received her B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Hartford, M.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Connecticut, and Ph.D. in Immunology from Wayne State University, School of Medicine. After graduation, she was a NIH post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Wayne State University, to conduct research on the immunology of prostate cancer and immunogenetics of autoimmune diseases. In 1981, she was appointed as a staff fellow in the Laboratory of Immunology, NIAID, NIH where she studied T-cell immunity. Since 1984, Dr. Lillehoj worked at the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Since joining the USDA-ARS, she has progressively risen in the ranks to where she is now highest grade level, Supergrade. Her research career has focused on the immunobiology of host-pathogen interactions, vaccine development, mucosal immunology, immunogenetics and development of antibiotic alternative strategies. Dr. Lillehoj developed the first set of mouse monoclonal antibodies detecting chicken lymphocyte subpopulations that have been commercialized and used by poultry scientists world-wide and have been instrumental for investigation of avian cell-mediated immunity. More recently, Dr. Lillehoj constructed the first chicken intestinal cDNA microarray which has been of seminal importance in national and international poultry genomics research and developed and commercialized many novel antibiotic alternative strategies.
Feed Ingredient Quality - Assessment and Enhancement
Dr. John Black is a Research Management Consultant. He previously worked as a Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO and was Officer-in-Charge of the Prospect laboratory in Sydney. His research specialised in comparative physiology and nutrition across animal species and the development of computer simulation models. John left CSIRO in 1996 to establish a research management company where he now manages research programs for a wide range of rural R&D organisations and private companies. His activities include work for the beef, dairy, pig, poultry, grains, fodder and honeybee industries. He is interested particularly in understanding factors constraining the application of science to practical agriculture and how these constraints may be overcome. A major area of activity has been understanding how cereal grain structure and chemistry alters nutrient availability for different animal types and developing rapid methods for predicting nutritional value of grains and pulses.
Prof. Jan Dirk van der Klis graduated at Wageningen University in 1987 on Animal Nutrition and started his poultry career at the Spelderholt Institute. In 1993 he finished his PhD on mineral absorption in poultry. Van der Klis has developed the Dutch Retainable Phosphorus System. His major research focuses on feed evaluation in poultry and on nutrition and health interrelationships. He has been working for several Dutch research institutes. Currently, he is manager Poultry and Swine Nutrition at Schothorst Feed Research.
Leg Health and Flock Mobility – Risks and Opportunities
Prof. Layi Adeola is currently a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. He served as non-ruminant nutrition section associate editor for the Journal of Animal Science, on the editorial board of Poultry Science, as associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Animal Science. He conducts research in energy, amino acids, and phosphorus utilization of non-ruminant animals for improving the efficiency of lean meat production and minimizing the flow of nutrients through animal waste into the environment. He has authored or co-authored 160 refereed papers, 160 abstracts and book chapters, and several other publications. Professor Adeola received the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Poultry Nutrition Research award in 2005, the Maple Leaf Duck Research Award in 2007, the AFIA Nonruminant Nutrition Research award in 2007, the Evonik-Degussa Poultry Research Award, Poultry Science Association in 2010, and the National Broiler Chicken Council Research Award, Poultry Science Association in 2012. He served on the National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council Committee that wrote the 11th Revised Edition of the Nutrient Requirements of Swine (NRC, 2012).
Dr. Randy Mitchell is Vice-President of Technical Services for Perdue Farms Inc, in Salisbury, MD, USA. Perdue is the third largest broiler integrator and the eighth largest turkey integrator in the USA. Randy‘s responsibilities includes the nutrition program, feed mill quality control, analytical laboratory and live poultry research program for Perdue Farms. Randy joined Perdue in 1998 and served as Director of Nutrition until being promoted in 2012. He was formerly Manager of Research and Development with British United Turkeys of America. Randy received a PhD in Poultry Science from University of Georgia in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration from Salisbury University in 2006. Randy lives with his wife Patsy and three children in Salisbury, MD.