• mvna

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  • Profile

    The Med-Vet-Net Association for Zoonoses Research was launched in October 2009 as a self-sustaining legacy of the highly successful Med-Vet-Net European Network of Excellence (NOE) for Zoonoses Research, which was initiated in September 2004 and funded for 5 years by the European Union (EU) 6th Framework Programme.

    The Association was registered under French Law 1901 on 1 June 2009 with the stated mission of sustaining and capitalising on common research activities, dissemination of scientific information, expertise and training, and advocacy towards European stakeholders. Each of the partner scientific Institutes contributes an annual membership fee.

    Established in response to the recognition of the huge economic impact of zoonotic diseases and the requirement for better international, and national, level cooperation on animal and health issues, the Med-Vet-Net NoE brought together many of Europe’s prominent research groups working on detection and control of zoonoses to develop a ‘virtual institute’ of multidisciplinary scientists. This network now comprises 20 science institute partners across Europe including eleven veterinary and nine public health institutes from 14 European countries: France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, Austria and Hungary. Many partner institutes have national reference laboratory-based responsibilities for the prevention and control of zoonoses.

    By adopting multinational and multidisciplinary approaches the work of veterinary, medical and food scientists, mainly in the field of food safety, has been integrated at the European level, sharing knowledge to improve the prevention and control of zoonoses.

    The Med-Vet-Net Association aims to promote the scientific integration of medical, veterinary and food disciplines under the umbrella of One Health by the following ten means of action:
    •    To organize scientific meetings.
    •    To launch calls for scientific collaborative projects with a focus on One Health funded by the partners involved.
    •    To organize joint training courses and short-term missions.
    •    To develop a member-accessible website and host specialized databases and data/information sharing tools.
    •    To promote active communication including the dissemination of research results, promotion of scientific activities and achievements to relevant stakeholders via publications, website, news bulletins and networking.
    •    To create and maintain strain collections and DNA/RNA libraries.
    •    To prepare joint applications to European calls.
    •    Advocacy with European and Global stakeholders: To sustain and increase liaisons with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the European Food Safety Authority. To access relevant expertise and to forge and improve links with OIE/WHO/FAO.
    •    To provide scientific evidence for risk assessors, risk managers and policy‑makers, including through the dissemination of outputs from workshops and joint collaborative projects.
    •    To develop scientific collaboration that promotes skills development and harmonised tools and databases with non-EU partners.

    Institute contacts
    Name Contact email Representative
    Elizabeth Royall e.royall@surrey.ac.uk Institute Representative
    Roberto La Ragione r.laragione@surrey.ac.uk Scientific Representative


    Useful links

    Website: www.mvnassociation.org

    Twitter: Follow us @MedVetNet

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