Faculty Position available in Pathogenomics

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor in Pathogenomics (Prokaryotes) and Disease Informatics College: Ontario Veterinary College Department: Pathobiology Deadline: February 2, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is found Please reference AD #17-78 Position Description: The Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track faculty […]

Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance remains a hot topic both in animal and human health. Increased awareness of the problem has brought some welcome changes in our use of antibiotics in animals. For instance, the use of antibiotics critically important for human medicine such as extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ESCs) has now been discontinued in poultry. This has resulted in […]

A new antibiotic resistance gene in Salmonella isolated from broiler chickens

Dr. Moussa Diarra’s laboratory previously described Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg isolates harboring a chromosomal gene cluster similar to the glutathione S-transferase gene, a putative fosA gene conferring resistance to fosfomycin. Here, we show that this new gene, named fosA7, confers resistance to fosfomycin. The introduction of fosA7 into the fosfomycin-susceptible Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis resulted […]

New portable sensor detects food allergens in minutes

By Jane Robinson Ag Innovation Ontario   Guelph – An estimated 2.5 million Canadians report an allergy to at least one food, according to Food Allergy Canada. Peanut allergies alone affect the lives of approximately two in every 100 Canadian children. As the list of food allergens continues to grow, there is a genuine need […]

Farmers and consumers chicken out on antibiotics

Canadians are eating chicken at record levels but have a complicated relationship with the way our poultry is produced. Farmers are addressing the problem. By: Owen Roberts Toronto Metro News Consumers have a conflicted relationship with chicken produced in this country. On one hand, chicken is being devoured at record levels. In the past five […]

Probiotics against pathogens in poultry

bu Emmy Koeleman Editor: All About Feed & Dairy Global Researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, are studying probiotics as an alternative to traditional antimicrobials to combat pathogens in poultry. Over the last decade, Dr Shayan Sharif’s lab at the University of Guelph has been involved in developing probiotic formulations against Salmonella. […]

Antimicrobial stewardship focus of poultry research day

Collaboration and innovations surrounding antimicrobial stewardship were the focus of a recent poultry research day at the University of Guelph. Featuring a panel of industry and academic experts, the recent Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day brought together researchers, industry, government, and producer representatives to discuss this timely topic. The discussion comes at an […]

U of G Prof Taking Part in Parliament Hill ‘Research Matters’ Event

A University of Guelph professor will take part in an event on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill Wednesday designed to highlight the impact of university research and innovation. Shayan Sharif, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology, is among a group of Ontario researchers selected for a “Research Matters Pop-Up.” Research Matters is a provincial awareness-building campaign […]

2017 PHRN Research Day

PHRN recently held its 3rd Annual Research on April 24th, 2017. The event had 125 attendees representing from various poultry sectors including academia, industry and government. The focus theme of this event was on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Poultry Production. The day’s program included brief presentations by the University of Guelph students and postdocs followed by […]

Million-Dollar Research Studies Aim to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Two University of Guelph researchers will use new federal funding to look at growing microbial resistance to drugs in hopes of stemming the trend. Patrick Boerlin and Scott Weese, both pathobiology professors in the Ontario Veterinary College, will receive close to $600,000 in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to look at the […]

Support for PHRN

A recent donation to the University of Guelph’s (UofG) Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) will further enhance research and outreach opportunities connected to this hub of poultry research excellence. UofG alumni Vic Parks and his wife, Uta, have generously donated almost $40,000 to be used in the area of most need for the PHRN. “The […]

Respecting Research Animals

Article from Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph Working with animals in scientific research is a necessity that many modern researchers cannot ignore. From behavior studies to the creation of animal models, the use of animals can penetrate a broad range of scientific disciplines. The work itself is often pleasurable for both researcher and participant but […]

Profs Among Canadian Experts Providing ‘Food Facts’

Prof. John Prescott Prof. Alison Duncan Two leading researchers from the University of Guelph, Profs. Alison Duncan and John Prescott, are among 10 Canadian scientists who have joined a free online resource for consumers called Best Food Facts. It’s the Canadian version of an American service that had more than 800,000 visitors last year. Consumers […]

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Ed McKinlay Poultry Worker award

Poultry Worker Award Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Ed McKinlay Poultry Worker of the Year Award.  Nominations have been extended and will remain open until March 1, 2017.Annually, the Poultry Industry Council recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the poultry industry. The criteria are very broad. Quite simply […]

Connecting Farmers to Researchers

Poultry Industry Council has launched a farm research sites page to help connect poultry researchers looking for research participants with farmers interested in taking part in current studies. Farm Research Sites Wanted Interested in Participating in On-farm research? We’re looking for commercial broiler farms to allow weekly visits by University of Guelph representative. Fresh feces […]

Wild turkeys are not scapegoats for avian disease in Ontario

A lot of angst is simmering in farm circles about the potential for disease to spread between wildlife and domestic livestock, such as poultry. The concerns are warranted, given how quickly disease can race through a herd and create huge losses. But new research from the University of Guelph into the health status of Ontario […]

Funding opp-2016 SPARK Program: Microbiome Competition

Purpose With the SPARK program, Ontario Genomics seeks to provide investigators with catalytic funding to enable them to initiate novel, high-impact, and innovative early-stage projects in the genomic sciences. The focus of this year’s competition is microbiomes. The intent of the SPARK 2016 competition is to catalyze new research directions and support innovative genomics-based projects […]

U of G Receives Nearly $77 Million to Launch ‘Food From Thought’

The University of Guelph has received $76.6 million from the federal government to start a “digital revolution” in food and agriculture. The government is investing in U of G’s Food From Thought research project, which will use high-tech information systems to help produce enough food for a growing human population while sustaining the Earth’s ecosystems. […]

PHRN Researchers in the News

Chicken Farmers of Canada News Researcher Profiles For the past four years now, Chicken Farmers of Canada have been implementing an antimicrobial use strategy that focuses on 5 elements, one of which is researching and determining the availablility of antibiotic alternative products. This has been an on-going effort through the Canadian Poultry Research Council. To […]

Best Poster Awards for Bionano Students

Bionanolab undergraduate students have won major research prizes at the 2016 annual CPES Undergraduate poster session held at the Science Complex of the University of Guelph on Friday, August 5.  Over 40 posters were presented by the summer students who worked on various research projects from the 5 departments of the College of Physical & […]

Poultry Welfare Research at University of Guelph

A Day in the Life of Patrick Birkl, PhD Student Patrick is a PhD student in the Department of Animal Biosciences who studies animal welfare, specifically poultry welfare, with his advisor Prof. Alexandra Harlander who is also a PHRN member. Patrick’s research focuses on understanding the causes of feather pecking in laying hens and how […]

Poultry Welfare Center receives funding

The University of Guelph’s Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) has received a $125,000 donation for studies of turkey welfare. The donation from Hybrid Turkeys, a leading supplier of the world’s turkey genetics, will support research to learn how animals perceive and respond to their environments and handling techniques. A poultry welfare […]

PHRN Prof Tina Widowski in the news

The cage-free egg trend: Is it just a shell game? Source: Read here Excerpt from the news article: “There’s a downside to taking birds out of their cages,” says Tina Widowski, the Egg Farmers of Canada research chair in poultry welfare at the University of Guelph, “in that they’re free, but they’re also free to get […]

PHRN Research Day in the NEWS

Collaboration a key theme of poultry research day Posted: April 4, 2016 OVC Bulletin AG ANNEX and Farms.com Connections and collaboration were a key theme during the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day at the University of Guelph last week. The research day brought together representatives from government, industry and academia to provide updates […]

PHRN Research Day (March 29, 2016) Photo-Gallery Connections and collaboration were a key theme during the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day at the University of Guelph last week. The research day brought together representatives from government, industry and academia to provide updates on current research and prompt discussion for future collaborations. During the […]

PHRN Prof. Tina Widowski talks about cage-free eggs…

Prof. Tina Widowski, Animal Biosciences, was quoted in a Feb. 5th  Toronto Star Story . The article focussed on a recent decision by two major restaurant chains to use only eggs from cage-free hens. Widowski discussed the various ways eggs are sourced in Canada and associated animal welfare issues.  She is the director of U […]

PHRN Prof Neethirajan speaks at the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Suresh Neethirajan, Director of the BioNano Lab and an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering was an invited speaker at the prestigious Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) for the Advancement of Science on February 4, 2016 at the Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga. RCI is Canada’s oldest continuously functioning scientific society founded by Sir Sandford […]

Dr. Sharif Lab Aims to Make Chickens Healthier to Improve Food Safety

The chicken eggs in Prof. Shayan Sharif’s lab look like ordinary eggs, but they’re not. Some of them have been vaccinated against diseases that can cause illness in humans and have cost the poultry industry hundreds of millions of dollars. Dr. Sharif is the leader of Poultry Health Research Network. “We are developing better ways […]

PHRN prof makes headlines in NY Times and Economic Times of India

Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, Marketing and Consumer Studies, was featured in the New York Times and the Economic Times of India Jan. 21, discussing the falling Canadian dollar and the effect on food processing, distribution and prices. He spoke on the same subject with Global TV Jan. 15 and Canada AM Jan. 14.   News source

Cranberry Extracts Could Replace Antibiotics For Broilers

  Broiler chicken producers may be using cranberry extracts to replace antibiotics in young birds. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research suggest the extracts could cut mortality by 50 per cent in the early life of broilers. Doctor Moussa Dairra points out cranberries have various human health benefits because of their high antioxidant compounds and immune-boosting […]

PHRN researcher Dr Nemeth’s work featured

Research Aims to Curb Spread of Dangerous Powassan Virus U of G researcher Nicole Nemeth is studying the transmission and spread of the tick-borne virus Monday, December 7, 2015 — Feature by Teresa Pitman Read full article

PHRN Profs make Headlines

Prof. John Prescott, Pathobiology, was interviewed by the Toronto Sun on Oct. 28 to speak about leptospirosis — a bacterial infection commonly found in the urine of raccoons and skunks. Prescott has studied the infection, which can infect dogs, and advised that vaccinating dogs may be a wise move to protect against illnesses and high […]

Guest Lecture by Dr. Yasuo Suda (Kagoshima Univ, Japan)

PHRN Seminar series GUEST SPEAKER Dr. Yasuo Suda Dept of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering Kagoshima University & SUDx-Biotec Co. JAPAN. TOPIC Sugar chain based nano-biotechnology for the detection of viruses DATE/TIME October 19, 2015 | Monday | 11am-12 pm VENUE Rm 1812, Pathobiology-AHL Bldg (#89); Map Refreshments will be provided For more information, please […]

Prof. Shai Barbut’s e-Book published

  Dr. Shai Barbut, Professor and Faculty Advisor at the Food Science department published recently an e-book titled “The Science of Poultry and Meat Processing” available for free download.       The book provides students and industry personnel with a comprehensive overview of the modernized meat industry. Click here for more info. Dr. Barbut’s […]

Stopping the spread of avian influenza in its tracks

Prof. Shayan Sharif (center) is developing vaccination methods to stunt avian influenza outbreaks. He is pictured here with his group. PHRN Leader, Dr Sharif talks about his lab research in this news article; click the link below. Read more

PHRN launches Seminar series

We have now taken a new initiative to start ‘PHRN seminar series’ to communicate, discuss and expand poultry research endeavors. These seminars would be held once a month typically on Tuesdays during the lunch hour (12.30-1.30). We would provide refreshments (Coffee/Tea + Cookies/TimBits) and please bring your own lunches, as convenient.      The seminar format […]