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Webinar #4: “A scoping review of viral diseases in African ungulates ”
This new series of ITM alumni webinars features the four ITM winners of the Prize for Global Research 2021. The Prize for Global Research is awarded yearly by the Province of Antwerp to research projects of ‘master-after-master’-students of ITM and other HEIs. Development relevance, quality and originality of the master theses are key in the selection. Through this award, the Province of Antwerp wants to stimulate research relating to the global South.
In webinar #4, MSTAH-alumnus and laureate Hendrik Swanepoel (South Africa) will present his master thesis, entitled «A scoping review of viral diseases in African ungulates».
Viral diseases are important in the African context as they cause significant clinical disease in both wild and domestic animals, as well as in humans. Viral diseases make up a large proportion of emerging infectious diseases. The management and prevention of these diseases have proven to be challenging due to the large population of reservoir hosts consisting of African wildlife. There is no comprehensive publication investigating viruses in African ungulates. Hence, this research study provides comprehensive analyses to add to the current global knowledge base and provide guidance about areas where there is little information.

In this webinar, Hendrik’s research findings will be the starting point for a topical exchange and discussion tackling a number of questions.

1. Which viruses have been diagnosed in African ungulates?
2. Which African ungulates have had viruses or viral diseases diagnosed?
3. What is the geographical distribution of these viruses and their diseases?
4. Which diseases are “under-studied”?

The Q&A-session will be moderated by Prof Melvyn Quan, Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria and Hendrik’s thesis coach.

Dec 9, 2021 01:00 PM in Brussels

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Hendrik Swanepoel
Veterinarian @Australia and South Africa
Hendrik Swanepoel is a South African veterinarian who lives and works in Australia. He completed his MSc in Tropical Animal Health, in a collaborative programme between the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria, and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. He has an interest in conservation medicine and will likely undertake a PhD in this field in the future.
Melvyn Quan
Associate Professor @University of Pretoria, South Africa
Melvyn Quan is a veterinarian who researched copper deficiency in blesbok in the Camdeboo National Park for his MSc degree and then modelled in vivo dynamics of foot-and-mouth disease virus in pigs at the Pirbright Institute and the University of Edinburgh for his PhD degree. He returned to Onderstepoort in 2005 and worked on rapid diagnostic assays and the molecular epidemiology of African horse sickness virus. His current research interest is on the rapid diagnostics of viruses of veterinary importance.