In recent years, the poultry breeding industry has developed vigorously in China, but the epidemic situation of poultry infectious diseases has also undergone significant changes, such as new emergence of avian diseases, frequent outbreak of known diseases, virulence enhancement, cross-species transmission, symptoms change, etc. How to do well in the prevention and control of poultry diseases under the new situation, there is an urgent need to strengthen the researches on the pathogenesis and the developments of new technologies and strategies for the preventing and controlling of poultry diseases.
In order to speed up the adaptation to the new changes of poultry diseases in China, promote and popularize major poultry disease prevention and control technologies, enhance international cooperation, and the innovative ability of poultry disease prevention and control, the Henan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Pirbright Institute in the United Kingdom, Shandong Binzhou Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine Academic and Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences jointly established the UK-China Centre of Excellence for Research on Avian Diseases (Zhengzhou, China).
During Sep 23-25, 2019, the group lead by Prof. Venugopal Nair in The Pirbright Institute and the researchers from all the domestic cooperating units were invited to jointly hold the unveiling ceremony for the opening of UK-China CERAD-Zhengzhou and attend the academic conference on “New Strategies and Technology for Avian Disease Prevention and Control”. Officers from the competent department of Henan Science and Technology Department, and the leaders, experts and graduates from the Henan Agricultural University also attended this conference.