EPIC Conference 2017

Coordinated Interdisciplinary (Scientific) Support of Livestock Outbreak Response.

John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, 12th & 13th September 2017.

EPIC (Epidemiology, Population Health and Infection Control), is the Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks, a multi-institutional research consortium to deliver the highest quality scientific evidence to support the Scottish Government (SG) in the prevention of, preparation for and elimination of important animal diseases.

EPIC held the first of three planned conferences (funding period 2016-2021) over the 12th and 13th of September 2017 presenting a mix of science from EPIC, as well as input from government and policy stakeholders, and from external invited presenters. The invited audience was a mix of government and industry stakeholders and researchers numbering over 100 in total.

Below are links to recordings of the presentations with accompanying slide presentations.

The full conference programme is available here and the Twitter hashtags #EPICScot and #LeadingIdeas were used for the conference

Watch the EPIC conference trailer (1 min)

EPIC scientists and project stakeholders highlight some of the project aims and how their work benefits Scotland's livestock.

Watch the EPIC conference film (5 min)

Scientists and stakeholders discuss the benefits of EPIC's work in protecting Scotland's livestock industry from disease outbreaks.

Conference programme with video links


Session 1:

Cognitive errors in outbreak decision making: Evonne Curran, Infection Control Nurse Consultant

Session 3:

Risk assessments as a source of evidence-for-policy Harriet Auty, SRUC

Smallholder poultry keepers’ familiarity with biosecurity Lee-Ann Sutherland, James Hutton Institute

Session 4:

Modelling to support disease outbreak management: experiences from other fields

Economics: Alistair Stott, SRUC

Modelling tuberculosis outbreaks at national and local scales: Ellen Brooks-Pollock, University of Bristol

Real-time modelling of infectious disease outbreaks in humans: Adam Kucharski, LSHTM

Session 5:

BVDV sequence analysis as an aid to eradication: George Russell, Moredun Research Institute

Key premises for disease transmission in movement networks: Theo Pepler, University of Glasgow

How well can we predict future epidemics from small scale transmissions: Kokouvi Gamado, BioSS

Development of economic models for alternative control strategies against future exotic disease: Alyson Barratt, SRUC

Contingency planning for animal disease outbreaks: why we need the humanities: Lisa Boden, University of Glasgow

Closing Remarks:

Synopsis: Gareth Enticott, Cardiff University


Conference programme

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