TTP8 & STVM12 Congress, 24-29 August 2014, Cape Town, South Africa
TTP8 & STVM12 Congress, 24-29 August 2014, Cape Town, South Africa

Keynote Speakers



Keynote Speaker

Short Bio

Andrew R Peters
Prof Andrew R Peters
Assistant Principal International, at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in Edinburgh

Professor Peters is Assistant Principal International, at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in Edinburgh, where he is responsible for the strategic development of international activities. His recent focus has been on vaccine development for livestock in sub-Saharan Africa with particular reference to East Coast fever and is currently working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on programmes for the genetic improvement of African livestock.

He is also Managing Director of ARPEXAS Ltd., a UK based company which provides consultancy to the animal health industry and the third sector in development of veterinary medicines, with special emphasis on vaccines.

Until December 2005 he was Head of European Vaccine R&D with Pfizer Animal Health. Between 1993 and 1998 he was Professor of Animal Health and Production at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK. He also recently acted as interim Chief Executive for the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed).

He is a member of several UK committees advising the government on vaccine regulation and use. He is a veterinarian with PhD and DSc degrees in animal science. He has published some 160 scientific papers and two books on Vaccines for Veterinary Applications and Reproduction in Cattle respectively.

Dr Norbert Mencke
Dr Norbert Mencke
Head of Global Veterinary Services for Companion Animal Products within Bayer Animal Health

Norbert Mencke, graduated DVM from Veterinary School Hannover, Germany (Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover) in 1987. Doctoral thesis conducted at the Department of Agriculture Adelaide, Australia (P. O’Donoghue) and the Institute for Parasitology, Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (M. Rommel) on species differentiation of Sarcocystis. Specialization degree in Parasitology (Fachtierarzt für Parasitologie) and Diplomate of the Eurpean Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC).

Current position: Head of Global Veterinary Services for Companion Animal Products within Bayer Animal Health. Various previous positions in research and development at Bayer. Research work was around the discovery of insecticidal/ acaricidal as well as anthelmintic compounds. Active involvement in the discovery of the anthelmintic class of cyclodepsipeptides leading to emodepside (Profender®) and the combination of imidacloprid plus permethrin (Advantix®). Founder of the CVBD (canine vector-borne diseases) World Forum.

Professional activities: Lecturing parasitology at the Veterinary School Hannover (Institute for Parasitology). Memberships: German Society for Parasitology (DGP) and Germany Veterinary Society, Parasitology (DVG-Para), the Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP), the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP), and the American Heartworm Society (AHS). Invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings. More than 80 publications in peer-reviewed veterinary parasitology journals.

Prof Ivan Morrison
Professor Ivan Morrison
Professor of Immunology at the Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh) and Head of the Division of Infection and Immunity

Professor Morrison is Professor of Immunology at the Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh) and Head of the Division of Infection and Immunity. He has more than thirty years of experience in the field of bovine immunology and pathology with a particular interest in cellular immunology and the development of vaccines. His recent work, while primarily focused on Theileria, has also covered cowdriosis, FMD and the role of badgers in cattle tuberculosis. His work has contributed to identification of candidate vaccine antigens for T. parva and T. annulata and the elucidation of the role of immunodominance of parasite-specific T cell responses in determining the strain specificity of immunity.

Prof Ben Mans
Professor Ben Mans
Prof Ben Mans Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (Agricultural Research Council)

Prof Ben Mans is a Specialist Researcher at Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (Agricultural Research Council). He holds adjunct appointments as Extraordinary Lecturer (Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria) and Professor Extraordinarius (Department of Life and Consumer Sciences, University of South Africa). Research focus on arthropod vector-host interactions, specifically evolution of blood-feeding mechanisms at the vector-host interface and how this relate to evolution of protein structure and function. Specific focus areas include evolution of blood-feeding in ticks, tick salivary gland protein families, their functions and their potential for therapeutics or as vaccine candidates, tick systematics and its implications for evolution of blood-feeding behavior, evolution of tick-borne parasites in regard to the arthropod vector and the vertebrate host, parasite-vector and parasite-host specificity and diversity, the carrier-state of parasites in the vector and the vertebrate host and diagnostics of blood-borne pathogens.





Sponsors & Exhibitors

Sponsor : Inqa Biotec

Sponsor : Separations

Sponsor : University of Pretoria

Sponsor : International Livestock Research Institute

Sponsor : ClinVet