Dr Lars Erik Larsen from the Danish National Veterinary Institute in Copenhagen, Dr Nicolas Rose from the French Agency for Food Safety in Ploufragan and Dr Gerard Wellenberg from the Dutch Animal Health Service in Deventer are the winners of this year's European Porcine Circovirus Research Award.
The PCV2 Research Award is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. In total, €75,000 – three prizes of €25,000 each – were granted to European researchers who convince the independent jury with their outline of innovative research approaches in the field of swine immunology to explore Porcine Circovirus Disease (PCVD).
The awards were recently presented to the award winners by Professor Maurice Pensaert, former head of the Laboratory of Virology of the Ghent University and Dr Gerald Behrens from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health during a ceremony at the global headquarters of Boehringer Ingelheim in Ingelheim, Germany.
The awarded research projects in the area of applied immunological PCV2 research have been selected from 12 applications:
European Porcine Circovirus (PCV2) Research Award The European Porcine Circovirus (PCV2) Research Award is an annual award that recognizes research proposals in the area of applied immunological PCV2 research. The award comes with a prize money of 75,000€ in total for innovative approaches in the field of swine immunology, particularly Porcine Circovirus Disease (PCVD). With the award Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health aims to promote further scientific progress to better understand and ultimately control this devastating swine disease.
The European PCV2 Award has an independent review board with leading European scientists in applied porcine research reviewing the entries and deciding upon the winning proposals. The panel is chaired by Professor emeritus Maurice Pensaert from the Laboratory of Veterinary Virology at the University of Ghent in Belgium.