661. Veterinary Vaccines in Routine Use and the Problem of Recombination
Session: Symposium: Vaccines Against Herpes Virus
Friday, October 4, 2013: 10:30 AM
Room: The Moscone Center: 130-131 (Hall E)
Joanne Devlin, PhD, MVPHMgt, Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010 VIC, Australia

Dr Joanne Devlin is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health Epidemiology, and an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, at the University of Melbourne. Her background is in Veterinary Science (BVSc awarded in 2001, The University of Sydney) and after working as a veterinarian in private veterinary practice she then undertook a PhD at The School of Veterinary Science, The University of Melbourne (PhD awarded in 2006). During her PhD studies she developed a novel vaccine to control infectious laryngotracheitis virus in poultry and she now leads the studies, in collaboration with an industry partner, to register this vaccine for commercial use. Her research interests are focused on the pathogenesis and epidemiology of veterinary infectious diseases with the aim of improving disease control and enhancing animal welfare. Her research projects investigate a range of infectious agents that cause significant disease in companion animals, livestock and wildlife species. The overarching aim of her research is to develop tools and strategies to control infectious diseases in animal populations. In 2012 she led the research team that uncovered natural spontaneous recombination between commercial modified live poultry vaccines, with subsequent restoration of virulence. This finding has far-reaching implications for the future safe use of live vaccines.

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