National Avian Research Facility
National Avian Research Facility

Avian Research Symposium 2022

The Avian Research Symposium 2022 was an online event, held on three consecutive afternoons, March 8th-10th 2022.

The symposium aimed to raise awareness of exciting research investigating avian biology and using avian model systems. 

The programme was a mix of short and long style presentations. Topics included; chick developmental biology, genome modification, genomics, avian welfare, husbandry, behaviour and neuroendocrinology, and infection and immunity. 


Thank you to all the attendees and speakers for making the Avian Research Symposium 2022 a great success. 


A prize was awarded for the best talk and poster-style talk by an Early Career Researcher on each day.
Congratulations to the awardees on their prize-winning presentations. Please see the prize winners for each day below;


March 8th

Poster-style talk

Tomas Pais de Azevedo, Twitter: @TomasAzevedo5

University of Algarve, Portugal

Title: Axial/Paraxial mesoderm decision: The role of CNOT2



Sébastien Guizard, Twitter: @seb_guizard

The Roslin Institute, UK

Title: Exploring early transcripts landscape with Isoseq


March 9th

Poster-style talk

Jacob Brost, Twitter: @BrostJacob

University of Guelph, Canada

Title: The effects of common laying hen injuries on landing velocity



Thi-Thu-Dung (Daisy) Doan, Twitter: @DzungDoan2004

National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Title: Analysis and application of flagellin as a vaccine adjuvant when fused to Pasteurella multocida lipoprotein E against fowl cholera in chickens


March 10th

Poster-style talk

Ika Nurzijah, Twitter: @Inurzijah

University of Nottingham, UK

Title: Plant-based vaccines for prevention of poultry viral diseases: Newcastle disease



Sophie Hedges, Twitter: @sophiehedges_

The Royal Veterinary College, UK      

Title: Quantifying the use and impact of antimicrobial drugs on chicken gut biome and the presence of resistance genes


See the full Programme Here

Keynote speakers

March 8th 

Dr Ben Steventon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Talk: "Multi-scalar regulating of developmental timing." 

March 9th

Dr Mike McGrew is a Senior Lecturer at the Roslin Institute, part of the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Talk: “Using genetically modified sterile host chickens to produce novel transgenic chicken lines and biobank existing chicken lines.” 

March 10th

Dr Helena Maier is a Group Leader of the Coronavirus Cellular Biology group at The Pirbright Institute, UK.

Talk: “Understanding Coronavirus replication organelles, a critical conserved step in virus replication.” 


The meeting was organised by Early Career Researchers at the Roslin Institute, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute’s National Avian Research Facility at the Easter Bush Campus, UK.

2022 Organising Committee: Joni Macdonald, Holly Hardy, Lindsay Henderson, Spring Tan, Laura Glendinning, Fiona Sargison, Violeta Trejo-Reveles.


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Avian Research Symposium 2022

An online meeting to share and discuss research in avian biology with a focus on highlighting early-career researchers and creating networking opportunities between labs and institutions.