WEBINAR: Role of vaccine-derived immunity for PRRS control: three perspectives

PRRS control continues to be a challenge due to new strains, leaving many producers frustrated and yearning for innovation.

August 16, 2022


Date: Sep 26, 2022



Over the last 25 years, swine producers have battled the challenge of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), relying on many of the same tools since the beginning. While these tools are still effective, PRRS control continues to be a challenge due to new strains, leaving many producers frustrated and yearning for innovation. While some emerging strains may be more challenging than others, research and experience in the field have shown us that managing any strain of PRRSV comes down to the basic principles of biosecurity and immunity the industry is already familiar with.

This webinar will provide an overview of our current understanding of PRRS immunology and vaccine-derived immunity, digging into how we are applying learnings from the most current field-applicable research and, finally, revealing how veterinarians and producers are not only flexing current tools for successful PRRSV management, but also finding opportunities for innovation.

Three swine industry experts will contribute to this webinar, offering three unique perspectives that encompass the key aspects of PRRSV management including an immunotherapeutics scientist perspective, a researcher perspective, and a veterinarian perspective.

Joining us as speakers will be:

Dr. Michael Roof
Dr. Michael Roof
Chief Technology Office
Iowa State University

Dr. Michael Roof, chief technology officer for the vaccines and immunotherapeutics research and innovation platform at Iowa State University, will provide an overview of PRRS immunology, examining where the industry has been over the last 25 years in terms of PRRS immunity and what has made development of new PRRS tools so challenging. Dr. Roof will also discuss the critical role of vaccine-derived immunity for PRRS control and share best practices for creating immunity in pigs.

Dr. Daniel Linhares
Dr. Daniel Linhares
Associate Professor
Iowa State University

Dr. Daniel Linhares, an associate professor of veterinary diagnostics and production animal medicine at Iowa State University, will summarize the current status of field applicable PRRS research. Dr. Linhares will present breakthrough findings regarding PRRS and how those learnings are being applied to the industry. For example, Dr. Linhares will discuss recent innovations in diagnostic tools and protocols, and how those learnings could further sophisticate PRRS control.

Dr. Clayton Johnson
Dr. Clayton Johnson
Director of Health
Carthage Veterinary Service

Dr. Clayton Johnson, director of health at Carthage Veterinary Service, will share a practitioner’s perspective, offering first-person commentary about how he and his team are applying complementary tools for PRRS control, what they have learned and where they have observed areas for improvement.

Andy Vance - Moderator
Andy Vance - Moderator
Director, Strategic Accounts
Farm Progress


Boehringer Ingelheim

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