Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Wageningen University & Research (SWR)
Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) is part of Wageningen University&Research (WUR/SWR), a Dutch organisation combining academic institutes and research institutes in the field of life sciences. The broad spectrum of university and research institutes enables innovative, multidisciplinary approaches by close collaborations. WBVR contributes to the prevention, eradication and control of animal infectious diseases through research, diagnostics and consultancy. This is essential to guarantee international trade and to preserve the international top position of the Dutch livestock industry. A specific focus of WBVR is research on infection biology, immunology and vaccinology of relevant veterinary and human, current and emerging infectious diseases. About 200 highly-qualified and devoted personnel work at WBVR and provide extensive experience for microbiological, immunological and genomic research, including bioinformatics. WBVR has broad experience in co-operation with private partners and EU infrastructure projects by offering facilities and expertise in animal studies with laboratory and large animal models. Expertise concerns vaccine immunogenicity, vaccine efficacy and infectious disease pathogenesis.
Role in the TRANSVAC project
In this project WBVR of SWR performs research on improvement of animal models for vaccine research specifically in neonate conditions. Next to this, WBVR offers the use of its infrastructure to perform immunogenicity and efficacy studies for newly developed vaccines.
Main staff involved in TRANSVAC
Dr. Norbert Stockhofe-Zurwieden and Dr. Rineke de Jong;
WBVR as part of SWR is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory and animal facilities for microbiological and immunological testing of vaccines. The animal facilities can accommodate the entire range of species, including farm animals for studies under containment (up to BSL3) and complies with ISO standards (9001:2008, 17025). Vaccine studies are supported by bacteriology and virology expertise and a range of immunological assays for various lab animal (mouse, ferret) and farm animal species (cattle, pig, chicken).
TNA or Training provided
WBVR of SWR offers access to their infrastructures and expertise for the testing of new vaccines. Based on their expertise in immunology and pathology and the available infection models, vaccines against most relevant viral and bacterial animal infections can be tested. Depending on the availability of the appropriate animal model, WBVR also offers to study vaccines against human pathogens.