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  • Writer's pictureGabriela Silva-Guerra

A look back at the 14th Swine and Poultry Infectious Diseases Research Center (CRIPA) Symposium

Updated: Jan 29

Saint-Hyacinthe, December 12, 2023 – The 14th CRIPA Symposium, organized in a hybrid format, was successfully held on December 8 at Centrexpo Drummondville. The event brought together more than 70 researchers, veterinarians, business representatives and students to discuss crucial issues in animal health and welfare, and antimicrobial resistance in swine and poultry medicine.

Hosted by doctoral students Marie-Jeanne Pesant and Dominic Dolbec, the Symposium welcomed 15 expert speakers. They presented major trends in the sector, as well as the results of their own studies. In addition, fourteen scientific posters were presented during a poster session, giving participants the opportunity to network while deepening their knowledge.

Guest speakers covered the following topics:

  • « Disrupting Clostridium perfringens colonization to lower the incidence of necrotic enteritis in chickens », presented by Dr. Wade Abbott of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

  • « Avian Reovirus: The USDA enters the fray », presented by Dr. Steven Conrad of USDA

  • « Towards an aging antimicrobial resistance and re-emergent disease threats in organic animal husbandry », presented by Dr. Paul George of Université Laval

  • « Discovery and characterization of natural barriers against the propagation of multidrug resistance plasmids », presented by Dr. Vincent Burrus of Université de Sherbrooke

  • « Iron and the pig industry – How much is too much? », presented by Dr. Marie Lewis of University of Reading, UK

Dr. Segura and guest speakers

The Symposium was also an opportunity to award prizes for outstanding contributions:

Best Conference Prize

Two students of Université de Montréal receive awards at the Symposium.

  • 1st Prize for best oral presentation : Servane Payen

    • Supervisors: Marcelo Gottschalk, Francis Beaudry and Mariela Segura

  • 2nd Prize for best oral presentation : Marie-Jeanne Pesant

    • Supervisors: Carl A. Gagnon and Francis Beaudry

Best Poster Award

Two students were honored during the poster session.

  • Best Poster Award – M.Sc. category: Laurie Piché, Université Laval

    • Supervisors: Antony Vincent and Marie-Pierre Létourneau-Montminy

  • Best Poster Award – Ph.D. category: Nicolas Rivard, Université de Sherbrooke

    • Supervisor: Vincent Burrus

The CRIPA Symposium once again confirmed its central role in sharing knowledge and promoting excellence in swine and poultry medicine.


About the CRIPA

The CRIPA, Swine and poultry infectious diseases research center, is a Quebec strategic cluster financed by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies. Its mission is to improve the control of pathogens that affect the pig and poultry industries, having an economic impact and on the health of populations. Population health includes animal health and welfare, the health of workers and industry stakeholders, and the general public. For more information, visit



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Gabriela Silva-Guerra Communications Officer Swine and Poultry Infectious Diseases Research Center (CRIPA) 450 773 8521, extension 8233 |

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