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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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, […]

Research Network Aims to Keep Poultry and People Healthy

  Increasing poultry consumption – and the animal health challenges associated with it — have sparked the creation of a new research network at U of G dedicated to keeping poultry and consumers healthy. The Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) is a multifaceted network of 38 experts who collaborate to solve basic and applied issues […]

University of Guelph key player in nationwide poultry research cluster

A number of University of Guelph scientists are playing key roles in studies being conducted through a national Poultry Science Cluster, designed to help the poultry industry stay competitive and address consumer concerns about animal welfare and environmental preservation. Seven projects being led by researchers at the university’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), the Ontario Veterinary […]

Myths and facts about the H5N1 avian influenza virus

Burnbrae Farms Eggs for Life Guest Blogger: Dr. Shayan Sharif is a professor of poultry immunology at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. His research is focused on understanding how the chicken immune system sees avian influenza viruses and how it responds to these viruses. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop […]

CFI invests in OVC research leaders

Ontario Veterinary College scientists are among 15 U of G researchers to share in $1.9 million invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support established and up-and-coming research leaders. Dr. Eva Nagy received $88,704 for a biocontainment facility. Read the article: CFI funding will enhance research facilities A recent grant from the […]