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EFFORT Metagenomics Workshop: 19-20 March 2018

Date: Location: https://svepm2018.org/

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2018

The 9th edition of the EFFORT Newsletter has been released. Read it or download it directly from here!

In this edition, 4 main topics have been brought forward:

- The registration to the EFFORT Project International Conference is now OPEN!

- A report on the use of metagenomics EFFORT workshop has been provided.

- Findings from UGENT EFFORT members on antimicrobial usage, antimicrobial resistance and biosecurity have been explained through a video.

- EFFORT member, DTU, has described their lab activities on quantification exposure.

 

In the perspective of the next newsletter edition, the EFFORT consortium has provided a video interview on the theme of AMU, AMR and biosecurity links at farm level.

Good News!  The massive open online Metagenomics course has been recently launched on the Coursera plateform.

As you may know, the EFFORT training on the use of metagenomics in surveillance of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance consisted of an e-learning component delivered online early 2018, followed by a one and half day hands-on workshop, held on the 19th and 20th of March 2018, in Tallinn, Estonia.

After the workshop, the e-learning content was reviewed before being launched.

We have now the pleasure to share with you the coursera link on the metagenomics course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/metagenomics

 

The EFFORT Consortium is happy to share with you that the leader of "Ecology and transfer of resistance mechanisms" Workpackage, Bruno González Zorn, has been recently awarded with the prestigious National Antibiotics Resistance Plan (PRAN) prize 2017 by the Spanish Agency for Drugs and Health Products (AEMPS), in the category of the best scientific publication on antibiotics resistance with the following article:

Spread of mcr-1-carrying Enterobacteriaceae in sewage water from Spain https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28073965

Congratulations to our member! 

On 21-23 March 2018, SAFOSO presented a poster on EFFORT results entitled "Ranking of consumer exposure to antibiotic resistance genes from retail meat" at Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine (SVEPM) event.

The presentation took place just after the Metagenomics hands-on workshop.

Scientific community, Industrials, Policy makers were invited to attend.

Effort members from the Veterinary Epidemiology Unit at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine of University of Ghent also presented results of the work related to antimicrobial resistance:

Philip Joosten with "Quantitative and qualitative assessment of antimicrobial treatment incidence in a cross-sectional study of European broiler farms"

Steven Sarrazin with "Antimicrobial treatment data from farrow-to-finish pig farms showing opportunities for improving responsible antimicrobial use in Europe'

 

The eLearning Course has been running from 19 February.

Most of the 140 registered participants representing 34 countries have  been following up the course.

We have been very excited to organise the hands on training session in Tallinn  from 19 to 20 March 2018.

The consortium members have now the pleasure to share with you the coursera link on the metagenomics course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/metagenomics

Furthermore, a short report has been posted right after the workshop. Additional interested candidates registered to the course to receive the workshop slides while waiting for the MOOC to be launched on Coursera.

2 deliverables have been provided related to 1) the e-learning course and 2) the hands-on session. Both documents can be found in the following link of the website: http://www.effort-against-amr.eu/page/publications/public-deliverables.php

Location: https://svepm2018.org/

 

EFFORT International Conference Announcement

 

From 26 afternoon to 28 November 2018, the European EFFORT consortium will hold the International Conference “Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain – From Science to Policy”. Please save the dates!

During the 2½ days, the EFFORT consortium will present new scientific evidence and breaking results based on the high quality data collected in the EFFORT project. They will inform decision makers, the scientific community and other stakeholders about their findings and the impact on the risk of AMR in the food chain, both in relation to animal health and welfare, as well as food safety and economics.

The Eighth edition of the EFFORT Newsletter has been released. Read it or download it directly from here!

In this edition, 3 main topics have been brought forward:

- The Project International Conference announcement: 26 - 28 November 2018: Save the Dates!

- The work of PhD Student, Jamal Roskam and his supervisor, Helmut Saatkamp from EFFORT Partner BEC.

- The different project dissemination activities taken place recently and those coming up very soon.

PhD Student, Jamal Roskam, EFFORT member from the Department of Social Sciences of Wageningen University, is being interviewed on his work related to economic aspects of reducing antimicrobial use without adversely affecting the farm’s performance.

 

EFFORT data will be presented at the first international conference organized by the AACTING consortium,  the "Network on quantification of veterinary Antimicrobial usage at herd level and Analysis, CommunicaTion and benchmarkING to improve responsible usage" .

The conference entitled  Quantification, Benchmarking and Stewardship of Veterinary Antimicrobial Usage will take place on 27 – 28 February 2018 in Ghent.

This conference aims at uniting and inspiring people involved in these topics of emerging interest as the use of antibiotics is the main driver for the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance, increasingly recognized as a major problem in humans and animals. The organisation team is expecting over 130 participants from more than 20 countries and is foreseeing 12 oral presentations and over 25 posters.

For more information on the programme, registration and abstract submission, please visit the following link http://www.aacting.org/international-conference/

Location: http://www.aacting.org/international-conference/

EFFORT Partners, BEC and VION co-organised with University of Bonn a session on the theme of: Antibiotic free meat: (im-)possibilities from a supply chain point of view.

This session took place at the 12th international European forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks.

Have a look on the joint session invitation poster here!

More to read on the impact of the event on the coming days.

Location:

Jorge Pinto Ferreira from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), EFFORT external advisory board member was invited as speaker at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) focusing on policy-related health issues.

In his presentation, he highlighted three  key messages: 

  • The need for surveillance of both antimicrobial usage and resistance, and integrated analysis of the results
  • Surveillance applying metagenomics compared to e.g. indicator E. coli has pros and cons
  • The need for capacity building in low-income countries to design and operate efficient surveillance programs for both AMU and AMR (collaboration and harmonization)

The last Annual meeting took place on 10 and 11 January 2018 in Brussels in a very convivial atmosphere. Large volume of first results were presented to the EFFORT consortium members, the European Commission representatives and the External Advisory Board members. We are all looking forward to seeing those results disseminated during the project international conference scheduled in November 2018. More information about the conference will be soon available on the public website.

2017

At a glance, please discover all about the Metagenomics eLearning and workshop organised by Partner DTU by reading or downloading the eFlyer here!

The group targeted is: Professionals working at veterinary services, food safety authorities and reference laboratories as well as universities and competent authorities responsible for and involved in AMR surveillance.

Please register as soon as possible as seats are limited for the workshop.

It is highly recommended to follow the eLearning course before joining the workshop.

Registration deadline: 10 February 2018

The course is also announced on SVEPM 2018 registration website as this 2 day-hands-on workshop stands prior to the opening of the event: https://svepm2018.org/programme/use-of-metagenomics-for-amr-surveillance/

 

EFFORT Partner, DTU is currently developing an online EFFORT training course on the use of metagenomics for AMR surveillance which will be followed by a workshop.

The target group for the training are professionals working at veterinary services, food safety authorities and reference laboratories as well as universities and competent authorities responsible for and involved in AMR surveillance. Ideally, participants will have theoretical background in basic microbiology and general knowledge about microbial communities and bacterial genetics equivalent to a bachelor level.

More information is now available on the following link: http://www.effort-against-amr.eu/page/mg-workshop-online-registration.php

At a glance, please discover all about the eLearning and workshop by reading or downloading the eFlyer here!

Location: Online training course

The seventh issue of the EFFORT newsletter has been released. Read it or download it directly from here!

In this edition, 3 main topics have been brought forward:

  • the work of PhD student, Gabriel Moyano, from EFFORT Partner UCM.
  • the coming EFFORT training course and workshop entitled metagenomics applied to surveillance of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance.
  • the written interview of Jan Vaarten, chairperson of the EFFORT External Advisory Board.

The EFFORT WP3 focuses on the molecular ecology and epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance genes. Gabriel Moyano is a PhD student at the Complutense University of Madrid. He explains in his interview with Katharina Stärk from SAFOSO the significance of his work.

Reducing the use of antibiotics on-farm doesn't happen in a day. Rather, it's a philosophy change in farm management, according to Bruno Gonzalez-Zorn, professor at the University of Madrid, Partner of the EFFORT Consortium: 

http://www.thepigsite.com/swinenews/44107/improving-hygienic-conditions-one-way-to-reduce-antibiotics/

 

 

Patrick Munk, from EFFORT Partner DTU, has issued a paper entitled " Abundance and diversity of the fecal resistome in slaughter pigs and broilers in nine European countries".

The paper is now available on bioRxiv: https://doi.org/10.1101/194647

 

EFFORT Partner, DTU is currently developing an online EFFORT training course on the use of metagenomics for AMR surveillance.

The current schedule predicts having the materials ready by the end of this year/early 2018.

In a combined learning style, participants that will use these online materials, will then be invited to attend a workshop, that EFFORT Partner SAFOSO is organizing, to be delivered in Estonia, March 2018, back to back with the SVEPM meeting.

The target group for the workshop are therefore MS competent authorities responsible for AMR surveillance, including veterinary services, food safety authorities and reference laboratories.

Interested stakeholders are already invited to save the dates of this workshop (March 19-20, 2018).

Further updates regarding the release of the online materials will be done via the project dissemination channels (newsletter, LinkedIn group and Twitter).

Register now!

 

Location:

The 10th International Conference of Predictive Modelling in Foods, taking place in Cordoba (south of Spain), in 26-29 September 2017,  will have the participation of Sofia Duarte from DTU, in representation of the EFFORT consortium. The work of WP7 will be orally presented in a session entitled “Modelling approaches using metagenomics data”, on the 29th of September, 10:00.

Location: Cordoba, Spain

Partner DTU is part of the organization of the Joint International Symposium: Global Past, Present and Future Challenges in Risk Assessment – Strengthening Consumer Health Protection, taking place in the headquarters of BfR, in Berlin, in 30 November-1 December, 2017. The EFFORT consortium has been invited to present “Antimicrobial resistance: Situation and strategies in Europe”, on the 30th November, 13:00. 

Location: Berlin, Germany

The sixth issue of the EFFORT newsletter has been released. Read or download it directly from here !

As already announced, the work of 2 PhD Students has been brought forward in this edition :

  • Marta Rozwandowicz, Utrecht University , working on the transfer of resistance mechanisms,
  • Patrick Munk, Technical University of Denmark, focusing his research on metagenomics analysis.

Both have already published results on their respective project research.

 

Jorge Pinto Ferreira (SAFOSO AG, CH), on behalf of the EFFORT consortium, presented the objectives and preliminary results of the WP7 modelling work (lead by DTU, DK), on May 4th2017, in Rotorua, New Zealand, during the  3rd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS).

The overall goal of this work is to develop models that estimate the relative importance of different food and animal transmission routes for human exposure to AMR determinants in the overall population and in those with occupational exposure. This information can later be used by risk managers, who can translate it into surveillance policies.

An initial framework was designed for the purpose of collection of relevant information from the literature. This information is to be further used to develop a comparative exposure assessment that will accommodate the EFFORT qPCR data from meat sampling, to estimate the human exposure to AMR by consumption of different foods.  

 

Location: http://www.animalhealthsurveillance.org/congress-history/about-icahs

In this issue, the work of 2 PhD Students is being brought forward :

  • Marta Rozwandowicz, Utrecht University , working on the transfer of resistance mechanisms,
  • Patrick Munk, Technical University of Denmark, focusing his research on metagenomics analysis.

Both have already published results on their respective project research.

Please see our publication section: http://www.effort-against-amr.eu/page/publications.php

An important factor in the transfer of resistance genes is the presence of plasmids. A plasmid is an additional piece of DNA that exists next to chromosomal DNA. Plasmids can carry many different genes that that may increase the chance of survival of bacteria, among which are resistance genes.

Recently, Marta published a paper on IncK plasmids in which she showed that this type of plasmid is not just 1 type of plasmid, as was assumed until now, but actually comprises 2 distinct types of plasmids. This is relevant for understanding the complex epidemiology of plasmids.

Please discover Marta Rozvandowicz' interview :

 

3 publications have been issued since the beginning of the year on the following topics:

 Short summaries of the publications can be found on the publication section of this website: http://www.effort-against-amr.eu/page/publications.php

The fifth issue of the EFFORT newsletter has been released. Read or download it directly from the download section !

Watch the video of Jaap Wagenaar giving an update on the EFFORT project !

Jorge Pinto Ferreira from Safoso presented the EFFORT Consortium at the International Conference of Animal Health Surveillance being held from 30 April to 4 May 2017 in Rotorua, New Zealand.

The abstract of his presentation can be found at the following link: http://www.sciquest.org.nz/node/139866

 

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand

The Commission is organising a workshop with EMA to bring together all relevant stakeholders, including Member States' competent authorities and medicines agencies, veterinarians, farmers and industry to expose the benefits of collecting data on antimicrobial consumption (sales and use per species), and to discuss the implementation at national level of schemes for collection of those data, including collection at farm level. The workshop would also provide a technical input to the Commission and EMA with a view of proposed legal provisions on the subject.

When:  Wednesday, 26th April 2017, 10.00- 17.00

Where: Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB) - Rue Froissart 36 - 1040 Etterbeek, Brussels

Location: Brussels, Belgium

The annual European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) meeting for stakeholders was organised by the European Medicines Agency to inform EU Member States, stakeholders and observers on latest activities related to collection of data of veterinary antimicrobials and on the draft guidance on provision of data on antimicrobial use by animal species and also to share information on activities for the containment of antimicrobial resistance.

Jeroen Dewulf from the Ghent Unversity  was solicited by ESVAC to report on the progress of AMU data collection in EFFORT.

 

Location: European Medicines Agency, London, UK

The Project Publishable Summary is now online. Please read or download it directly from the download section !

The next edition of the EFFORT newsletter will be issued in a few weeks !

This newsletter will feature the work of two EFFORT partners:  Intomics, from Denmark,  working on the metagenomics pipeline and the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, from Sofia. who will explain how they have contributed to the project.

 

The EFFORT annual meeting was held this year in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting was extremely well attended despite the cold temperature (between -20°C and -12°C). The project partners spent 2 days in intense discussions regarding the projects progress and their preliminary data analysis results.

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
2016

The fourth issue of the EFFORT newsletter has just been released. Read or download it directly from the download section !

 

In September 2016, the EFFORT consortium partners Jorge Pinto Ferreira  from SAFOSO (Switzerland) and Jeroen Dewulf  from Ghent University (Belgium) ran a workshop in Uppsala (Sweden).  This was part of the annual scientific conference and annual general meeting of the European College of Veterinary Public Health meeting, „Challenges for the world – opportunities for VPH“

Location: Uppsala, Sweden

The third issue of the EFFORT newsletter has just been released. Read or download it directly from the download section !

In conjunction with SVEPM 2016 in Elsinore, Denmark, the EFFORT project organises a workshop on AMR surveillance.

Location: Elsinore, Denmark

 

Several members of the EFFORT consortium have been present and talked at the IAFP’s European Symposium on Food Safety organised in Athens, on the 11-13 May. A session dedicated to "Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain" was held on Thursday 12th May 13:30-15:00

Location: Athens, Greece
2015

A short article presenting the EFFORT project is available on the Horizon 2020 website. It's part of a series of "success stories", published by the European Commission to highlight the value of EU-funded projects to as broad an audience as possible.

 

Our EFFORT Partner, Rasmus Hansen from INTOMICS, organised on 30 November 2015 the Project Metagenomics Workshop.

25 EFFORT partners involved in data analysis and dissemination attended this workshop.

   
Location: Lyngby, Denmark

The Project Publishable Summary is now online ! Please read or download it directly from the download section !

 

The EFFORT consortium will meet for the 2nd Annual project meeting, on the 12-14th January 2016. The exact venue has not yet been decided, but has been tentatively set to Paris.

Location: Paris (TBC)

The EFFORT project held its 1st annual meeting in Madrid, hosted by project partner UCM (Complutense University of Madrid). The meeting was well attended, and the project partners spent 2 days in intense discussions regarding the projects progress and further directions. 

On February 5, at 08:30 Central European time/ 15:30 Beijing time (GMT+8), EFFORT and LinkTADs held a webinar intended for a South-East Asian public, about anti-microbial resistance (AMR) surveillance.

2014

EFFORT and LinkTADs are organizing a webinar about anti-microbial resistance (AMR) surveillance.

Location: Online

The EU-funded projects EFFORT and RISKSUR have organized a webinar, dedicated to antimicrobial resistance surveillance. Speakers were Jaap Wagenaar (Utrecht University) and Jeroen Dewulf (Ghent University).  With over 40 participants attending, the session was a success.



The first issue of the EFFORT newsletter has just been released. Read or download it directly from the download section!

The EU-funded projects EFFORT and RISKSUR are organizing a webinar, dedicated to antimicrobial resistance surveillance. This webinar is the third in a series covering hot topics and best practices in animal health surveillance.

Location: Online

A new ESVAC report is available, and show an encouraging 15% decrease in sales of veterinary antibiotics in Europe. These sales data are collected annually as part of the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) project, which is a cooperation between the national authorities throughout the European Union (EU) and is coordinated by EMA.

On the 19th September 2014, the EFFORT project Coordinator officially launched the first full scale EFFORT sampling campaign. Protocols, tailored for EFFORT and tested during a small pilot study during summer, have been distributed to all partners performing sampling. They are accompanied by information sheets for the samplers and the participating farmers and study volunteers.

The EFFORT project will organize a couple of policy roundtables, with invited key stakeholders. Several questions regarding antimicrobial resistance policies will be discussed.

Before launching the full EFFORT sampling campaign, a smaller pilot study has been conducted to optimize the EFFORT sampling protocols. During late spring and early summer, a few selected farms have been visited by the EFFORT scientists. They have taken samples from the animals and the surrounding environment. In addition to the sampling, information on animal health, past antibiotic use etc. has been collected from using specially designed questionnaires. The pilot study is now finished, and valuable experience gained that will be used to fine-tune the sampling methods.

The EFFORT Policy Roundtables are organized to  disseminate the work plan and to obtain feedback and to disseminate results to policy makers.

Location: Online

-Position filled- EFFORT partner Utrecht University is looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate for the project. At Utrecht University in The Netherlands a position is available for a PhD- student who will be working on the ecology of high prevalent and emerging bacterial plasmids involved in antimicrobial resistance.

Farmers from many European countries have volunteered to participate in the EFFORT studies, offering to share their time, knowledge and animal data with our researchers. To inform all current and future study participants, the project has produced information leaflets in many European languages.

Two new EFFORT documents are now available for download: flyer and poster.

The 2014 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) will be held in Stockholm, Sweden from Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 November. ESCAIDE 2014 will host presentations, seminars and workshops covering all aspects of infectious disease control and prevention; threat detection, epidemiology, microbiology, outbreak investigation and associated disciplines.

Sofia Duarte from DTU presented the EFFORT project at the Nordic One Health conference, Sweden, 19-20 of March. The conference was organized by One Health Sweden, a national intellectual platform where veterinarians, physicians, molecular biologists, ecologists and environmental chemists with an interest in zoonotic infections interact and create synergies. It involves several Swedish universities and governmental organizations.


The EFFORT kick-off meeting was held in Utrecht on the 8-9th january 2014, and gathered 20 partners from 10 European countries.

Location: Utrecht - The Netherlands

The EFFORT project will have it's first annual meeting in Madrid, Spain. Our host will be the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). The meeting is for project partners only.

Location: Madrid - Spain