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 […]

USPOULTRY call for proposal

Board Research Initiative Request for Proposals Released – 9/14/15 Rapid Disposal of Poultry Carcasses following Depopulation Background Mass depopulation and disposal of large caged layer facilities present daunting challenges for both euthanasia and disposal. The recent avian influenza outbreak has shown that current disposal methods may be inadequate for rapid depopulation and disposal on large […]


LRIC (Livestock Research Innovation Corporation) is looking to form a poultry research special interest group and is calling for expressions of interest from people who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about and have experience and expertise in poultry research. Who do we want to hear from? • Producers and service providers who have had past experience […]

PHRN researchers receive CFI funding

University of Guelph researchers working to fight human and avian diseases, develop new antimicrobials, and improve plant genetics have received nearly $600,000 in federal support. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is funding five U of G research projects spanning three colleges. Ed Holder, minister of state (science and technology), made the announcement during an […]

Dr. Boerlin Lab searches for Clues to Antibacterial Resistance

Antibiotics have saved millions of lives by killing the bacteria that make people sick. But the bacteria are now fighting back, as more of them become resistant to those important medications. Molecular epidemiologist Prof. Patrick Boerlin is working with researchers in the United States and Alberta on several projects, studying antibiotic resistance in bacteria from […]

PHRN Prof Dr.Neethirajan Receives International Award

Tuesday, August 4, 2015      A University of Guelph engineering professor has been recognized with an international award for his contributions to nanotechnology in food safety, agriculture and animal health. Suresh Neethirajan received the Young Engineer of the Year Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The society includes more than 40 Universities […]

Success at the 104th Poultry Science Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky

  Animal and Poultry Science students’ (University of Guelph) excellent performance at the PSA meeting. Following Graduate Students (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alexandra Harlander) gave excellent presentations at the 104th Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky July 27-30, 2015. Madison Kozak (MSc by thesis) – ‘Chick locomotion in a multilayer environment’ Chantal LeBlanc (MSc by thesis)- ‘Locomotion skills […]

Poultry industry connects with Academic Researchers

Poultry industry representatives had an opportunity to connect with the researchers whose discoveries help their industry at a mid-July barbeque held at the University of Guelph. At the poultry industry barbeque: UofG President Dr. Franco Vaccarino; Dr. Davor Ojkic, Animal Health Laboratory; Ed Verkley, Chair, Poultry Industry Council; Dr. Shayan Sharif, Ontario Veterinary College’s Pathobiology […]

PIC Research Day Rescheduled

Click here for on-line registration. Fee $35 for members, $45 for non-members and at the door registration.   Students register for free. Tentative Agenda 9:00     Registration Opens 9:30     Opening Remarks  – Keith Robbins, Executive Director – PIC and Dr. Csaba Varga, Lead Veterinarian Poultry – OMAFRA 9:30     Overview of Canadian Research – Dr. Bruce Roberts, […]

Dr. Neethirajan recognized with National Award

A University of Guelph engineering professor has been recognized with a national award by Engineers Canada. Prof. Suresh Neethirajan received a 2015 Young Engineering Achievement Award as part of the awards the organization hands out each year. Neethirajan was recognized for reaching “global stature through his outstanding research and accomplishments in the area of biological […]

Dr. Neethirajan creates avian influenza prediction tool

With reports of avian influenza spreading across the US and Canada, researchers with the University of Guelph in Ontario have developed a simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms. U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a small […]

Dr. Shayan Sharif on Avian Influenza

Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press Published Monday, April 6, 2015 8:27PM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, April 7, 2015 7:11PM EDT TORONTO — Eight poultry farms in southwestern Ontario have been placed under quarantine as agricultural authorities scramble to contain an outbreak of a bird flu virus found on a turkey farm near Woodstock. The virus, […]

Avian influenza virus puts poultry in the news

The discovery of avian influenza virus (H5N2) on a turkey farm in southwestern Ontario has put the poultry industry on alert. To date, 29 farms have been placed under quarantine. Dr. Shayan Sharif, a professor at the Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College and leader of the Poultry Health Research Network, discussed the recent avian […]

New co-ordinator will further PHRN goals

A new co-ordinator for the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) will use his background and experience in academia and industry to further the PHRN’s objective of establishing a cross-disciplinary network of poultry researchers and health specialists. Dr. Ravi Kulkarni recently joined the Ontario Veterinary College’s Pathobiology department as PHRN coordinator. His research expertise and interests […]