Speakers for APSS 2016


THE "GRATE" DEBATE: The Importance (or otherwise) of the gut microflora in the Chook! and 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 is a senior research scientist with the South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI) based on the Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide. His research interests include nutrition and digestive physiology of broilers and layers, nutritive value of cereal grains, and nutrient enrichment of eggs and chicken meat. Bob supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students enrolled at the University of Adelaide and has examined numerous theses from students from Adelaide and other universities in Australia and overseas countries.


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 holds the position of Principal Research Fellow with the Faculty of Veterinary Science within the University of Sydney. For over 20 years, she has worked closely with smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and SE Asia as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable infectious disease control in animals in rural areas in support of food security and poverty alleviation. Robyn’s current research and development interests include domestic and global food and nutrition security, One Health/Ecohealth, gender equity and Science Communication. She leads the joint CPC/MBI Project Node on "Health Food Systems: Nutrition, Diversity and Safety" and is a member of the SEI Food, People, Planet Research Node. Robyn is also a member of the Organising Committee of the 2016 International One Health Ecohealth Conference to be held in Melbourne in December 2016. In January 2011, Robyn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished to veterinary science as a researcher and educator, to the maintenance of food security in developing countries through livestock management and disease control programs. In August 2014, she was also awarded the Crawford Fund Medal for continued contributions to international agricultural research and development.

Dr. Dana Cordell

Dr. Dana Cordell


Dr. Dana Cordell leads and undertakes international and national research projects on sustainable phosphorus, food and resource futures. Many projects involve high-level stakeholder engagement to improve the societal relevance and foster mutual-learning. In 2008 Dr Cordell co-founded the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative – the first global platform to undertake research, policy and public engagement to ensure food systems are resilient to the emerging global challenge of phosphorus scarcity. As a global food security expert, Dr Cordell provides expert advice and commentary to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UK Parliament and Australia’s Chief Scientist. She most recently joined UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook team as a global food security contributor. Dr Cordell’s research contributions have led to numerous prestigious recognitions including one of Australia's top science prize, the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research (2012) and a position in the 100 Women of Influence (AFR/Westpac, 2013) and Top 100 Most Influential People (Sydney Magazine, 2012). She is frequently interviewed for media, including BBC Radio, ABC Lateline and London’s The Times.

Assoc. Prof. Robert Speight

Assoc. Prof. Robert Speight


Assoc. Prof. Robert Speight is Associate Professor in Microbial Biotechnology at Queensland University of Technology focused on enzyme development and protein production systems for industrial biotechnology applications. Previously he was at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland working with Professor Lars Nielsen. At the AIBN he researched biofuel and protein technologies (focused on animal feed enzymes) in parallel with operational management of the Systems and Synthetic Biology Group. He was the project manager of the Queensland Government funded multi-partner Queensland Sustainable Aviation Fuel Initiative, working with companies such as Boeing, Virgin Australia and GE. He was also a start-up manager for the US$12 million Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation where he remains a technical consultant. After post-doctoral work with Professors Nicholas Turner and Sabine Flitsch at The University of Edinburgh, he co-founded the industrial biotechnology company Ingenza Ltd. He led the biotechnology research team that worked extensively on the directed evolution of amine and amino acid oxidase enzymes for altered specificity and improved stability in industrial chemical manufacturing processes. The team also developed high throughput screening technologies and novel biofuel and biopharmaceutical microbial production strains.


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 graduated with a PhD from the University of Bath in 1985 where he researched - under the supervision of Prof Ron Board - the role played by eggshells in preventing the movement of bacteria across the shell integument. Following time spent in post-doctoral posts at the University of Bath’s Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Nick moved to Scotland to the Poultry Science Department of what was then the West of Scotland Agricultural College. Nick became Head of the Avian Science Research Centre in what was by then the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and recently became Head of the Animal and Veterinary Science Research Group at what is now called Scotland’s Rural College. The microbial defence systems of the egg remains an area of active research as does the control of Campylobacter in chicken production.


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 in New Zealand and worked in large animal practice in New Zealand and Australia for 6 years. She then entered the world of commercial chicken-meat production in South Australia as Technical Services Manager for Golden Poultry, which was later bought out by Ingham Enterprises. After 20 years, Margaret joined the government in Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, in Biosecurity SA working for 10 years for 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 poultry disease, food safety and public health and during this time both the Poultry-meat and Egg Food Safety Schemes have been implemented. This position has enabled assistance to be given to industry to achieve improved food safety outcomes and to provide liaison between the Health Department and poultry producers.


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.

Mr. Steve Pritchard

Mr. Steve Pritchard


Mr. 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 was also Chairman of the Nuffield Poultry Study Group, completing his Nuffield study in 2001 whilst travelling to Australia, Japan and North America investigating the impact of functional foods on the poultry sector. Steve is currently head of the Poultry Team at Premier Nutrition which is one of the leading suppliers of nutritional services and vitamin/mineral supplements in the UK. Steve has presented nutritional information to the Organic Standards committee (ACOS) and sits as an industry nutritional representative on the Beak Trimming Action Group (BTAG).


HOT TOPICS


FREE RANGE PERFORMANCE

AVIAN INFLUENZA

Dr. Travis Schaal

Dr. Travis Schaal


Dr. Travis Schaal is the Internal Technical Services Manager at Hy-Line International. Dr. Schaal oversees the company biosecurity, animal welfare, flock health programs, certifies international exports, and manages operations of GGP and GP Farms. He has worked with Hy-Line GP and PS operations globally to support distribution of breeding stock and implementation of the company’s quality program. Additionally, he provides technical support to Hy-Line North America and Valo BioMedia North America. He currently serves as the President of the Association of Poultry Primary Breeder Veterinarians. Dr. Schaal joined Hy-Line in 2012 after receiving his Honors B.S. degree in Animal Sciences and his D.V.M. from Oregon State University. He gained extensive experience throughout his education working for USDA FSIS and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.