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Keynote speaker

Title: Going forward of aquaculture in Asia in next decade.

Dr.Robins Pharr McIntosh
Executive Vice President
Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Co.,Ltd. Shrimp Culture Technology, Thailand
e-mail  :  robins@cpf.co.th

Mr. McIntosh joined C.P. Foods PCL. (CPF) since December 2001 with the responsibility of revitalizing the CPF’s shrimp culture activities through introduction of sustainable and environmentally sound technologies to the company and Thailand.   Mr. McIntosh has been associated with international shrimp farming and technology development since 1978, having worked in Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Myanmar, India, Philippines and Thailand.  He is most often associated with the development of domesticated high health shrimp, and the development of closed system, zero water exchange shrimp culture systems.  Currently he is involved in finding solutions to the shrimp EMS crisis in Asia.

Guest speaker

Title: Application of biosecurity in Aquaculture.

Dr. Edgar Brun

Head of Epidemiologi section
Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI)
Ullevålsveien 68
PO BOX 750 Sentrum
0106 Oslo, Norway
T +47 91 12 35 95

I am a veterinarian with basic training and dr. scient-degree from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. After a short career in immunology, I moved on to work for 7 years as a private fish health veterinarian in the growing salmonid industry in Norway. In 1996 I took a position in epidemiology research at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and in 2000 I did a Master in Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2006, I became leader of the Epidemiology Section at the Institute, and in 2018, the Director for the “blue” department at the institute (Fish Health and Welfare). In 2010, together with Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada, we were appointed the first OIE Collaborating Center for Epidemiology and Risk Assessment for Aquatic Animal Diseases. My interest has been various aspects of aquatic animal epidemiology, mostly focused on salmonid production. The last years I have also had the opportunity to be involved in aquatic animal health projects in the Mediterranean, in Ghana, and Indonesia/Vietnam together with the FAO. The international involvements have been important to understand the complexity of global aquaculture. In 2016 I took part in arranging AquaEpi I in Oslo, Norway

Title: Network simulation models: their value in testing disease control strategies and prioritizing research

Dr. Kenton L Morgan


Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease and School of Veterinary Science, Liverpool, United Kingdom

email: kentonlm@hotmail.com

As an veterinary epidemiologist, Dr. Kenton L Morgan is a professor of epidemiology at University of Liverpool · Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease · EPIDEMIOLOGY United Kingdom during 1996 – 2017. Having set up and the epidemiology group at Liverpool Vet School and seen it develop to a Department. He was a president of society of Veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine in 2000, president of  association of Veterinary teachers and research worker in 2001 and Chair of international society of aquatic animal epidemiology in 2007. 

Title: Application of epidemiology to clinical situations.

Dr. Larry Hammell


Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

E.mail: lhammell@upei.ca

As an aquatic veterinary epidemiologist, Dr. Larry Hammell has been the lead proponent on many large, clinical research projects and partnerships with industry and government agencies. Dr. Hammell’s research focuses on aquatic food animal health studies including disease detection and surveillance, health management through identification of risk factors and disease prevention and biosecurity studies, and clinical trials for improved responses to disease treatment and prevention. Currently the Dean (Interim) of the UPEI Faculty of Graduate Studies, he is also Professor and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies & Research) at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, and Co-Director of the Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Risk Assessment of Aquatic Animal Diseases (ERAAAD) for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Title: The India’s National Surveillance program: a case study of systematic approach for control the aquatic animal diseases in Asia.

Dr. Neeraj Sood


ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources

P.O. Dilkusha, Lucknow- 226002, Uttar Pradesh, India

E-mail: sood_neeraj@rediffmail.com

Dr. Neeraj Sood is working as Principal Scientist in Fish Health Management and Exotics Division of ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow. He graduated from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar (B.V.Sc. & A.H.), and did his doctorate from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana in Veterinary Pathology. He was selected for DBT Crest Awards for the year 2011-12 and trained at University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy. He has 22 years of experience of working in the area of aquatic animal health and has published over 70 research articles. He has been involved in preparing the ‘National Strategic Plan’ and ‘Guidelines’ concerning introduction of Exotic Aquatic Species and Quarantine in the Country. As an Investigator of Newton Fund Global Research Programme, he has been working on understanding host-pathogen interaction of Aphanomyces invadans, the causative agent of EUS and identifying risk factors associated with carp mortality. Other areas of interest are development of monoclonal antibodies against fish serum immunoglobulins and continuous cell lines. At present, he is the Consortium Principal Investigator of National Surveillance Programme which is being implemented with the involvement of 31 collaborating centres. The programme has helped in developing a network of aquatic animal health laboratories across the country; detection of several new pathogens, developing mechanism for first time confirmation of exotic and emerging diseases; sending alerts/advisories to stakeholders and providing scientific advice to the farmers.

Title: Aquatic animal populations, metaphylactic treatments, and antimicrobial resistance. 

Professor Sophie ST-HILAIRE


Professor of Aquatic Animal Health, Room510, 5/F, Block 2, To Yuen Building, 31 To Yuen Street
City University of Hong Kong E.mail:ssthilai@cityu.edu.hk

Prof. St-Hilaire received her veterinary degree from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada, in 1994.  She then completed her MSc and PhD in veterinary epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Guelph, respectively. She also holds an MBA from UPEI. Before joining City University of Hong Kong, she was a Canada Research Chair at the Atlantic Veterinary College, in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Prior to that appointment she was an associate professor at Idaho State University in the U.S. She also has worked for a number of government agencies, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science in the UK, and the Chilean Government.

Dr. St-Hilaire’s research over the last 25 years has covered topics, ranging from fish nutrition to infectious disease control and surveillance.  She has been involved in a number of fish disease outbreak investigations, from viral to parasitic in origin, in both wild and farmed aquatic animal populations. Most recently, she has been evaluating area-level disease management strategies in aquaculture industries, and strategies to reduce antimicrobial resistance.  In Hong Kong, Prof. St-Hilaire has been establishing an aquatic animal ambulatory service and developing the aquatic animal curriculum for the new Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine programme at City University of Hong Kong.  She has mentored 24 undergraduates and 18 graduate students, as well as 4 post-doctoral researchers. She currently has 2 PhD students at CityU.

Scientific Programme

We expect to include at least 40 Oral and 20 poster presentations in the scientific program. The final scientific program will announce after mid of September 2019.