World Buiatrics Congress 2016 (WBC 2016) Contact WBC 2016
The World’s Premier Cattle Health Congress
July 3rd - 8th 2016 Dublin, Ireland

Bovine Tuberculosis

Research on Bovine Tuberculosis in Ireland has been carried out recently by schools, centres and organisations across the country.

These include the: Animal & Bioscience Research Department, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Grange; Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc Moorepark; Animal Genomics Laboratory, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science; Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine; National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Pathobiology Section, School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin and School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University College Dublin.

Research in Northern Ireland has been carried out by Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast; School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast and Veterinary Epidemiology Unit, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland.

Research has covered Bacteriological diagnosis and molecular strain typing of Mycobacterium bovis and Mycobacterium caprae, Bovine tuberculosis in Northern Ireland, Risk factors associated with time from post-outbreak test to subsequent herd breakdown, comparison of bovine tuberculosis recurrence in Irish herds between 1998 and 2008, detectability of bovine TB using the tuberculin skin test does not vary significantly according to pathogen genotype within Northern Ireland, development of an In vitro Model of the Early-Stage Bovine Tuberculous Granuloma using Mycobacterium bovis-BCG, estimating badger social-group abundance in the Republic of Ireland using cross-validated species distribution modelling, estimating the power of a Mycobacterium bovis vaccine trial in Irish badgers and factors affecting European badger (Meles meles) capture numbers in one county in Ireland.


Foraging Eurasian badgers Meles meles and the presence of cattle in pastures. Do badgers avoid cattle – innate cytokine profiling of bovine alveolar macrophages reveals commonalities and divergence in the response to Mycobacterium bovis and Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection; Innate Resistance to Tuberculosis in Man, Cattle and Laboratory Animal Models: Nipping Disease in the Bud?; and MicroRNA profiling of the bovine alveolar macrophage response to Mycobacterium bovis infection suggests pathogen survival is enhanced by microRNA regulation of endocytosis and lysosome trafficking. Other areas researched are Mycobacterium bovis infection: Everything but the cow; Oral vaccination of badgers (Meles meles) against tuberculosis: Comparison of the protection generated by BCG vaccine strains Pasteur and Danish; Physiological stress in the Eurasian badger (Meles meles): Effects of host, disease and environment; Risk factors for visible lesions or positive laboratory tests in bovine tuberculosis reactor cattle in Northern Ireland; The impact of animal introductions during herd restrictions on future herd-level bovine tuberculosis risk; The importance of ‘neighbourhood’ in the persistence of bovine tuberculosis in Irish cattle herds; The phylogeny and population structure of Mycobacterium bovis in the British Isles; Understanding and managing bTB risk: Perspectives from Ireland; Use of hedgerows as a key element of badger (Meles meles) behaviour in Ireland and Use of water troughs by badgers and cattle.

We are delighted that Dr. Margaret Good has agreed to be the keynote speaker for Bovine Tuberculosis. She is currently the Head of Ruminant Health and identification Division of the Irish Veterinary Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, which includes being the senior programme policy veterinary manager for the Bovine TB Eradication Programme (TB diagnostics, badger TB-vaccine development, other related research and quality control activities), Bovine, Ovine and Caprine identification and traceability systems (live animals), Johnes Disease (paratuberculosis), BVD, IBR and other ruminant diseases, health and traceability issues.

She is a member of the Johne’s Disease (paratuberculosis) Technical working group of Animal Health Ireland; DAFM’s representative on the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre Tuberculosis (Human) group; Member of the Oral Badger Vaccine Project Board (UK, France and Ireland in partnership) and a Member of the EU Bovine Tuberculosis sub-group of the Task Force.

In 2011, she obtained a Ph.D. by thesis ‘The tuberculin test and its role in the strategic management and eradication of tuberculosis in cattle’ from Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Her list of publications is available at this link and also at this link. Several other keynote speakers have also carried out research on Bovine Tuberculosis and may be making presentations on this topic .

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