Dear All,

Thank you very much for your interest in Global Alliance for Research on Avian Diseases (GARAD) meeting which was scheduled in China from 19-22 May 2020.

The Organising Committee of the GARAD has decided to cancel the conference due to prevailing situation of Coronavirus in China. New dates and venue of the conference will be announced and you will be informed accordingly.

We apologies for inconvenience this may have caused.

*Those who have paid the registration fee and submitted the abstract will be contacted individually and liaised accordingly.


Organising Committee


 Welcome Note

The main focus of the GARAD conference is to establish global partnerships and links between academic researchers and the poultry industry to improve joined up work in regards to preventing, controlling and combating avian diseases. The meeting will provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas around the single theme of exploiting available opportunities to deal with emerging and existing infectious avian diseases in poultry production systems and to safeguard food supplies and human health.

In the conference, it is planned to address basic, applied and commercial aspects of research on avian diseases. Therefore, we cordially invite all stakeholders including senior scientists and young researchers from academia, industry and government organisations involved in protecting and improving poultry health, welfare and production.

The meeting invites proposals for both oral and poster presentations in following areas:-

• Evolution and Epidemiology of Avian Pathogens
• Host-Pathogen Interactions – Virulence and Pathogenicity
• Pathogen Mechanisms of Immune Evasion
• Next Generation Disease Control Strategies
• Vaccines
• Immunity
• Diagnostics
• Zoonoses and Socio-economic impacts of avian diseases
• Global Research Opportunities and Threats


Keynote Speakers 

Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka, (Influenza Pathogenesis), School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, USA

Professor Fiona Tomley, (One health) Royal Veterinary College, UK

Professor Siba K. Samal, (NDV vaccine) Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland, USA

Professor Damer Blake, (Coccidiosis) Royal Veterinary College, UK

Professor David Swayne, (Influenza Vaccines), USDA, USA

Professor Venugopal Nair (Marek's disease), The Pirbright Institute, UK

Professor Zheng Shijun, (IBDV), China Agriculture University (CAU), China

Professor Cui Zhi Zhong (ALV) Shandong Agriculture University, China

Professor Jiao Xianan (Salmonella) Yang Zhou University, China

Dr Zoltán PÉNZES (Industry Perspectives on Future Poultry Vaccines), Ceva Animal Health


British Organizers:

Prof Munir Iqbal (
Prof Venugopal Nair (
Dr Muhammad Munir (
Dr Yongxiu Yao (

Chinese Organizers:

Prof Yongqing Li (
Dr Guanggang Qu (
Prof Fuzhou Xu (
Prof Yipeng Sun (
Kun Qian, (


Preliminary GARAD-2020 Programme.


Location: Beijing
Day-1: 19th May 2020
8:00 to 17:00
Registration/open ceremony/keynotes/talks
Day-2: 20th May 2020
8:30 – 16:00
Day-2: 20th May 2020
16.00 – 20:00
Travel to Binzhou by Coach
Day-2: 20th May 2020
Dinner at Binzhou Hotel.
Location:  Binzhou
Day-3: 21th May 2020
8:30 -  12:20
Day-3: 21th May 2020
14:00- 17:00
Trip to Binzhou city
Day-4: 22th May 2020
8:30 -  13.00
Day-4: 22th May 2020
13:00 ( meeting close)
Coach to Beijing


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